Friday, June 19, 2009

Summer heats up at the Aquarium

June is National Zoo and Aquarium month. Come celebrate at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher! This month long recognition focuses on helping people learn how to preserve America’s wildlife. Summer is an excellent time to visit your local zoo or aquarium, as well as their websites and blogs.

What’s new at the Aquarium at Fort Fisher? Luna, a rare albino alligator has a new home at the Aquarium. She is growing daily, and loves her new found fame. Also new on display are Amazon milk frogs, which are a large species of arboreal frog that was originally discovered in Brazil, and is mainly found in South America. Check them out in the exotic Dart Frog exhibit.

The Aquarium is an economical attraction for the whole family. A family membership is only $50, which includes free admission to all three state Aquariums, NC Zoo and over one hundred other zoos and aquariums all over the county throughout the year. Other benefits include a free subscription to the award-winning Aquarium News magazine and 10% discounts on Aquarium gift shop items. The Aquarium offers countless fee-based educational programs members can attend at a discounted price. Most importantly, becoming a member helps support the commitment to high standards of exhibits, exciting educational experiences and valuable conservation programs. Regular ticket prices are adults: $8, seniors: $7, children: ages 6-17: $6, and 5 and under: FREE.

An extra effort the Aquarium has taken to help educate people on how to preserve the environment is by creating the Aquarium’s blog entitled Waterlogged. Waterlogged focuses on environmental issues and events, as well as animal news and events occurring at the Aquarium. The blog is updated weekly to keep information fresh and interesting. Visit the blog at

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located 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. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors; $6 ages 6-17. Free admission for: children under 6; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information:

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