Admission fees at the three North Carolina Aquariums will increase by a little less than $3 starting March 1. 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. The fee increases are part of an effort to offset shrinking state funding for the state aquarium facilities.
“These increases will allow the aquariums and Jennette’s Pier to continue to fulfill our mission of conservation education, and meet our commitment of providing visitors with top-quality experiences,” said David Griffin, director of the Aquariums Division. “That includes everything from new animals, exhibits and activities to building maintenance.”
The aquariums last increased admission fees eight years ago. Since then, state support has dropped by 30 percent.
Aquarium fees for each age category increase by $2.95, bringing the adult charge to $10.95; ages 62 and up to $9.95 and children, ages 3-12, to $8.95. The new fee structure also includes a military rate of $9.95. Children ages 2 and under and members of the North Carolina Aquarium Society will continue to enjoy free admission.
“Even with the increases, admission fees at the aquariums are some of the lowest among aquariums across the country,” Griffin added. “The aquariums are great values for family outings.”