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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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