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Admission prices increase for N.C. Zoo, Transportation Museum Friday

Posted June 29, 2011

The N.C. Zoo and N.C. Transportation Museum will raise their admission fees as the popular family spots react to state budget cuts. The new prices are effective Friday.

The transportation museum will begin charging admission for the first time. Right now, visitors are admitted for free, but charged for train rides, which are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children ages 3 to 12. The new admission fee, which includes a train ride, is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and military; $6 for kids ages 3 to 12; and free for kids 2 and under. The museum is in Spencer, about two hours from the Triangle.

The N.C. Zoo's increase is the first in a decade. Effective Friday, zoo admission will go from $10 to $12 for adults; $6 to $8 for kids ages 2 to 12; and $8 to $10 for senior citizens and college students.

In a press release, Zoo Director David Jones says the price increase is part of the park's effort to deal with continuing state budget cuts that have seen the zoo's operating budget cut by five to 15 percent over three consecutive fiscal years. The zoo is in Asheboro, which is about 90 minutes from the Triangle.


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  • webhype Jun 30, 2011

    "rebeccapatel" we went to the NC Transportation museums years ago and it was a bargain for free, now with the paid admissions (which is pretty substantial) I'm sure it is still worth it, although now it would probably prohibit us from revisting.

    When we were there they were just restoring a huge building that from what I have seen on UNCTV - NC Weekend (you can find the episode online at UNCTV's site) has been filled with automobiles and other exhibits. The trains on display and the roundhouse were very cool.

  • shall6 Jun 30, 2011

    Yes ... rlsmith5 ... thank you for the tip!


  • newssaavy72 Jun 30, 2011

    rlsmith5, Thanks for the heads up on that information! I will pass it along to friends/family.

  • rlsmith5 Jun 30, 2011

    Please DON'T buy your tickets at the zoo. You can go to the NC Zoo Society website and get much more for your money.
    Free admission for 12 months to the zoo
    Subscription to Society's full color quarterly magazine
    FREE admission to 150 Zoos and Aquariums Nationwide that includes the NC Aquariums
    Invitations to members only programs and previews
    $59 is the Total cost for two adults who live in the same house and their children or grandchildren. This is much better than what the zoo ticket sales cost. I ask them to put this on their website for people , but it was not done as I don't think they want people to know you get MUCH better prices at Zoo Society.

  • rebeccapatel Jun 30, 2011

    Does any one have an opinion on the NC Transportation Museum? We plan on buying tickets for the Day Out with Thomas the Train in September but was curious if others had been and what they experieced. Thank you.