The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers free admission to all visitors on Monday, Jan. 17, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As part of the North Carolina Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, the Aquarium’s mission to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. Admission fees are suspended on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and also on Veterans Day to ensure that everyone, regardless of financial ability, can enjoy the Aquarium.
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. The aquarium’s hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The aquarium is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. Admission to the aquarium is $8 for ages 13-61; $7 for ages 62 and up; and $6 for ages 3-12. Children under 2 as well as registered groups of North Carolina school children and N.C. Aquarium Society members are admitted for free.