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Youngsters watch a sand tiger shark in The Living Shipwreck is a 306,000-gallon saltwater habitat at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Photo; NC Aquariums
Youngsters watch a sand tiger shark in the Living Shipwreck, a 306,000-gallon saltwater habitat at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Photo: NC Aquariums

Visitors commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday with North Carolina Aquariums will receive half-off regular admission.

To reserve tickets, visit The aquariums are popular during holidays and reservations fill up quickly. Visitors must purchase their discounted tickets online in advance of their visit.

The half-off special rate will not apply to already reduced rates or promotional pricing.

N.C. Aquariums is honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Through this half-off admission.

Visitors will be able to participate in the immersive experience of the aquariums, while learning about conservation efforts around the world. King’s advocacy work for equality extended to the natural environment.

“Reflecting on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for racial equality is an important way to keep his dream alive. Dr. King’s work to raise awareness extended to inspiring action on preserving a clean and healthy environment for generations to come. We are honored to welcome guests at a discounted rate on the birthday of this civil rights hero. Please reserve your tickets and enjoy the day,” said Hap Fatzinger, director at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, in a statement.

Habitats at the Fort Fisher aquarium include the lively Asian small-clawed otter pups Stella, Mae and Selene, who will greet visitors as soon as they walk in the front door, Luna the albino alligator, and the loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings, Pip and Scout.

At the Pine Knoll Shores location, visitors are invited to support the community through a Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Soundside Hall. Be inspired by North Carolina’s 309,000-gallon ocean habitat, the Living Shipwreck, and enjoy Imagination Bay, an immersive indoor play area. Don’t forget to meet Pee Dee and Rocky, two new North American river otters.

At the Aquarium on Roanoke Island, don a lab coat and learn how to diagnose and treat a model sea turtle in the Operation: Sea Turtle Rescue interactive exhibit. The Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation, or STAR, Center is rehabilitating more than 150 turtles. While guest access is limited because of the number of patients, get a peek through our glass doors.  Support the Ton of Love Food Drive through Feb. 14 and receive one complimentary ticket per reservation.

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