State aquariums, zoo and parks remain open during federal shutdown
RALEIGH – North Carolina’s state-run attractions are open to the public during the federal shutdown.
The North Carolina Zoo, all state parks and recreation areas, three state-run coastal aquariums and a pier, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, and the state’s coastal reserves remain open to visitors, officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced. The department operates these attractions, and officials at DENR also announced that state and local beach access sites remain open, even though the National Seashore and other federally-run facilities are closed due to the federal shutdown.
We hope Congress and the President can come to some amicable resolution so federal attractions and facilities can reopen soon,” said John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “However, we want to let everyone know that all state-run attractions, many of which are run by staff in our agency, are open and will not see any affects from the federal shutdown.”