The North Carolina Aquariums will honor veterans and military service members on Nov. 11, 2019. The three aquariums, located at Fort Fisher (Kure Beach), Pine Knoll Shores (Atlantic Beach) and Roanoke Island (Manteo), will offer free admission on Veterans Day to all veteran, active, reserve, or retired members of the U.S. military with a valid service identification or proof of service, as well as spouses and dependents.

“This is the aquariums’ way to say thank you to those who have given so much to our country, while providing opportunity to learn more about the natural world and have fun together with friends and family,” said Maylon White, North Carolina Aquariums Division director.

Historically, the aquariums have offered two free days for guests on Veterans Day in November and Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January. After careful consideration across the division, changes to the holiday offerings became necessary as, in recent years, visitation on those days ballooned creating safety concerns and unsatisfactory visitor experiences. In addition to the free day for veterans and military, patrons who donate a non-perishable food item on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will receive 50 percent off general aquarium admission. The donations will benefit local food banks and help the fight against hunger. 

The aquariums offer several additional discounts year-round including $1 discounts for military (with identification) and seniors ages 62 and older. Guests presenting a North Carolina Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and photo identification receive reduced admission for up to four individuals. In addition, all pre-registered North Carolina School groups, including home-school groups, are admitted free.

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About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

 NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES

· ROY COOPER, GOVERNOR ·  SUSI H. HAMILTON, SECRETARY · MAYLON WHITE, DIVISION DIRECTOR ·

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