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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A trip to the aquarium will cost more starting this weekend.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, which runs the state’s three aquariums, including the one at Fort Fisher, says fees will increase by a about $3 starting Saturday. The agency says the hike is part of an effort to offset a 30 percent drop in state funding since the last price increase eight years ago.

The $2.95 increase will bring the adult charge to $10.95; ages 62 and up to $9.95 and children, ages 3-12, to $8.95. The new fee structure also includes a military rate of $9.95. Children ages 2 and under are free.

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  • chris

    Is this one of his lies about not raising the tax to get in ,but that’s a lot for the people who cant afford it ,, who are making min wage ,, it cost more to get in then 73% on min-wage ,, there should be a off set to the disable and the older folks to, the state of north carolina governor pat mccrory, said he will not raise the taxes but look what he is doing raising everything else but the min-wage ,,so that must mean our fishing lic will increase too right ,, wow ,, talk about a liar,opps i shouldn’t say that i might get fired from my job !!!!

  • Guest350

    While the aquarium is a nice place, it is indeed not worth these kind of admission charges. About $50 for a family of five to visit an attraction is definitely too pricey. I have been there several times over the years and have never been overly impressed.

  • Stwth6461

    I’m not thrilled that the price is going up, but I’ll confess I was a bit shocked at how low the admission was the first time I visited. This is still well within reason.

  • DollarDivots

    Animals kept for human amusement is a sin. We are all earthlings.


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