State aquariums to raise fees

Posted December 12, 2013

— Admission fees for North Carolina's three state aquariums will increase before next summer to offset rising health care costs and cuts to state funding, according to a temporary rule filed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 

The state aquarium has facilities on Roanoke Island, at Fort Fisher and at Pine Knoll Shores.

The current fee schedule for all three facilities is $8 for adults, $7 for military families and people age 62 and older and $6 for children ages 3 through 12. The proposed fee hike would raise those rates $2.95 each, to $10.95 for adults, $9.95 for seniors and military admissions and $8.95 for children.

Children under 3 would still be free, and there would still be free admission for school groups.

The temporary rule proposing the fee increases does not specify exactly when they would go into effect, but says "the Aquariums need to raise fees at the beginning of the Aquariums’ busy season on May 26, 2014."

Members of the public who wish to comment can contact David R. Griffith, North Carolina Aquariums, 3125 Poplarwood Court, Raleigh, NC 27604. The comment period begins Friday and ends Jan. 9. There will be a public hearing on the fee hikes at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Aquarium Division Office, 3125 Poplarwood Court in Raleigh.


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  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Dec 17, 2013

    NC get ready for your fee increases. Those tax breaks for the 1% have to be paid for. Wanna bet there is a service that you use that will be increased next year?

  • emaleth Dec 17, 2013

    Here's a tip: If you have a membership to the NC Zoo Society, you can get into the aquarium for free. There are other ways to get discounts as well. http://www.ncaquariums.com/membership

  • jesspinky1 Dec 13, 2013

    I just won't take my family there.

  • HeadsUp Dec 13, 2013

    More Ruchonomics: lower taxes for the rich, higher fees for the rest of us.

  • Montcalm Dec 13, 2013

    These fees are much more reasonable than higher taxes. At the end of the day, I'm glad the General Assembly pushed the tax reform, and eliminated the death tax and capped the gas tax.

  • Ears to the Ground Dec 13, 2013

    For a family of 4 with two children between 3 and 12 that is $39.80 for what used to be $28 dollars, quite an increase.