Membership

Join the Aquarium

You can help support exciting new exhibits, fun educational experiences and valuable conservation programs by joining the North Carolina Aquariums. Members receive a host of valuable benefits like free admission, but also take pride in supporting the Aquariums and their mission.

The Aquarium Society was recently ranked the top zoo and aquarium non-profit in the nation and awarded Four Stars for sound fiscal management by the online nonprofit watch group Charity Navigator. The Aquarium Society provides over $2 million in annual support to the Aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island, and Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.


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Membership Categories

Membership Level Regular Special Offer
Individual Membership 1-Year: $50
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2-Year: $95
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Couple Membership 1-Year: $65
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2-Year: $125
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Family Membership 1-Year: $75
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2-Year: $145
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Curator Membership 1-Year: $125
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2-Year: $240
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Business Member 1-Year: $300
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Business Leader 1-Year: $500
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Offshore Club 1-Year: $1000
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Benefits of Membership

Free Admission at the NC Aquariums

Members receive unlimited free admission for one full year at all three North Carolina Aquariums. Family memberships receive free admission for two adults named on the card and their children or grandchildren under the age of 18. Curator members receive the same Family benefits, plus free admission for one guest per visit.

AZA Reciprocity

The North Carolina Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have partnered to provide free or discounted admission to Aquarium Society members at over 150 zoos and aquariums around the country. Many allow free admission, while others provide a 50% discount off regular admission rates. For NC Aquarium members, this means free admission at the NC Zoo! Unless otherwise stated, free admission is limited to two adults and two children under the age of 18 (for Family and Curator memberships). Reciprocity agreements are subject to change, so we advise you to contact facilities prior to your visits. For more information regarding reciprocity, contact us at: membership@ncaquariums.com.

Search for your discount at an AZA Reciprocal Aquarium or Zoo near you:

To see a complete listing of all reciprocal facilities, click here

Gift Shop Discounts

Members receive a 10% discount on gift shop purchases at the three Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier. (Sale Items excluded). Don’t forget to stop by the gift shops on your next visit to the North Carolina Aquariums.

Program, Camp, and Field Trip Discounts

Members also receive a 10% discount on Aquarium educational programs, camps, classes, and field trips offered throughout the year. Members also get early notification of many Aquarium activities through SEAmail, our monthly e-newsletter. Be sure to have your member card ready when you sign up!

Bring Your Friends!

All active Aquarium members can treat their guests to a 10% discount off regular admission rates. This benefit is limited to six guests per visit. Guests must arrive with members at the Admissions window, and the discounted admission may be paid by the member or by their guests. This guest discount is not available through online ticketing.

Upgrade to Curator!

If you love the Aquariums and want to help us grow, consider upgrading your Family membership to the Curator level. Curator members receive the same benefits as Family members, plus free admission for one guest per visit. Curators also receive a special premium gift package when they join, including unique Curator window decals. But best of all, know that your higher level of support helps bring exciting new exhibits and programs to the Aquariums you love!

Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head

Here’s another new benefit of membership — Aquarium members can present their membership card to walk for free on Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head. Aquarium members also receive discounts on food and merchandise purchases at the pier (Members do not receive discounts on education programs or fishing). For more information, visit www.jennettespier.net.

Foto FX

Foto FX is the Aquariums’ official photography provider. Members receive a free 4”x6” print with the purchase of any photo package.

Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea Discounts

Get your costumes ready, and don’t miss the spook-tacular TOTUS events at the Aquariums, coming up in October! Members receive a reduced admission rate for these popular events, where the Aquariums are transformed into underwater haunted houses. Check our programs and events page or contact your favorite Aquarium for more details.


Membership Benefits Individual Couple Family Curator
Annual Dues
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$240 (2-YR)
Free Admission
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10% Giftshop Discounts
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10% Program Discounts
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10% Discount on Guest Admissions (Limit 6 per Visit)
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Foto FX Photography: Free 4″ x 6″ print with any package
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Free Walk-on at Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head
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Free Admission for One Added Guest Each Visit
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Business Membership

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Connect your business with all the great things the Aquariums and Jennette’s Pier have to offer! Business Members are annual donors whose support is used directly to help the Aquariums and their exhibits, programs, and conservation efforts. All three Business Member categories offer great benefits to business owners and their employees.

Benefits of Business Membership:

• One Curator-level annual membership, provided for the family of the business owner
• Complimentary Aquarium admission tickets that can be distributed to customers, employees or friends
• 25% discount off Aquarium memberships for company employees (must provide employee list with authorized company email addresses)
• VIP Invitations to special Aquarium events
• Custom window decals for business storefront and vehicles

Category and Annual Cost Curator Membership, Employee Membership Discounts,
Window Decals
Complimentary Aquarium Tickets
Business Member – $300 Yes 10
Business Leader – $500 Yes 20
Offshore Club – $1,000 Yes 30

Recognition:

• Business name listed on the Aquarium/Pier website donor pages
• Business name listed in the Aquariums Annual Review, made available to more than 15,000 member households
• Business members in the Offshore Club will be listed in each Aquarium’s central recognition feature

Renewals:

Business Members will receive renewal notices and can be invoiced for their annual contributions.
 


Additional Member Information

Quantity Discounts

The Aquariums offer a discounted rate for family memberships purchased in quantity. Realtors, business owners, and others can take advantage of this offer — purchase 25 or more family memberships at $60 each. For more information on this program, please call our membership office toll free at 800-832-FISH (3474).

Replacement Cards

Each Couple, Family and Curator Membership includes two membership cards. If you would like additional cards or lose your card and need a replacement, they can be purchased for $5 each.

Renewals

When your membership is due for renewal, we’ll send you an email reminder. Just open the email, click on the link for online renewal, and complete your transaction safely and securely. Be sure to add us to your contacts list to make sure you’ll receive our emails.

Tax Deductions

Your membership dues are tax deductible as allowed by law. For more information, contact your tax advisor. The following has been determined to be the Fair Market Value (FMV) for benefits received in the various membership categories.

Category 1-YR / 2-YR FMV Allowed Deductible
Individual $50/95   $50/95
Couple $65/125   $65/125
Family $75/145   $75/145
Curator $125/240 $20/40 $105/200
Business Member $300 $105 $195
Business Leader $500 $185 $315
Offshore Club $1000 $265 $735

Members may elect to decline FMV items and receive a 100% tax deduction.