Free admission and food drive Jan. 21 at NC Aquarium

Pine Knoll Shores, NC – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers free admission to all visitors on Monday, Jan. 21, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For visitors who would like to return the favor, the NC Aquarium is collecting donations for the local food pantry throughout the day.

NCA-PKS Skate and Ray Encounters

As part of the North Carolina Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, the Aquarium’s mission is to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. Admission fees are waived on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and also on Veterans Day to ensure that everyone can enjoy the Aquarium.

The food drive provides Aquarium visitors a convenient way to do a good deed and help restock the shelves at Martha’s Mission Cupboard after the busy holiday season. Cereal, peanut butter, powdered milk, canned fruit and vegetables, dried beans, rice, saltines and other staples are particularly in demand. Please check the expiration dates to assure food items can be used. Aquarium staff will collect the donations and deliver them to Martha’s Mission. Donations are not required for admission on Jan. 21.

The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dive presentations, live animal programs and feeding demonstrations are scheduled as usual throughout the day. Regular admission policies resume Jan. 22.


The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is five miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 for ages 13-61; $7 for ages 62 and up; $6 for ages 3-12; no charge for ages 2 and under and North Carolina Aquarium Society members. For more information, see or call 252-247-4003.