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N.C. Aquariums offer discounted tickets for MLK Day

Visitors to North Carolina Aquariums on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will receive half-priced admission in honor of the civil rights activist.

“This is an important day to invite our guests into the aquariums as we remember the many ways that Martin Luther King Jr. inspired action on preserving a clean and healthy environment for generations to come,” N.C. Aquariums division director Maylon White said in a press release.

The state agency will offer special exhibits at each of its three locations. At Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, the aquarium is featuring its Sea Dreams art gallery. It also offers two new habitats, including the lively Asian small-clawed otters near the entrance who play and swim from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and the outdoor space for Maverick, the rescued bald eagle.

Pine Knoll Shores, at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., is hosting a food and blood drive and featuring Imagination Bay, an immersive indoor play area. The Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center, a hospital for sick, injured and entangled sea turtles found on state beaches, can be found at Roanoke Island, 374 Airport Rd. in Manteo. Visitors can also contribute to the Ton of Love Food Drive through Feb. 14. A list of needed items can be found here.

Regular admission is $12.95 for adults, $10.95 for children ages 3 to 12, and $11.95 for seniors and members of the military. Admission is free for children 2 and younger and for N.C. Aquarium Society Members and N.C. Zoo Members.

Tickets to the aquarium must be purchased and reserved online. There is limited availability and no tickets will be sold at the door.

The special rate for Monday will not apply to already reduced rates or promotional pricing.

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