Fees Going Up For NC Aquariums

Starting March first it's going to cost you more to get into the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

The increase of nearly $3.00 comes in response to funding cuts for state aquarium facilities.

Officials say the money they make from raising fees will keep the facility in its current condition.

The admission fees will increase by $2.95 bringing the adult admission rate to $10.95, $8.95 for children and $9.95 for military and those 62 and over.

Visitor Amron Eggers says, "This is a great place to take kids and I'll pay whatever I have to pay to come here. It's educational, my daughter gets so excited anytime we get to come to the aquarium so I'm OK with it. "

Julie Powers with the aquarium says, "The division budget has been decreased by at least thirty percent over the past few years and we had reached the point where, to maintain the quality experience we want our visitors to have, we needed to have more funds."

Powers says the increase will allow them to continue to add new exhibits and events to the aquarium.

The fees are going up by the same amount at the state's other two aquariums, Ft. Fisher and Roanoke Island. Additionally, Jennette's Pier at Nags Head, also under the Aquariums Division, will institute a walk-on fee of $2 for sightseers; $1 for ages 12 and under.

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