By / Local Events / Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:00

Kure Beach, N.C. — The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher makes sure pint-sized revelers don’t miss out on New Year celebrations. Children and adults can join the “Toast the Coast” festivities at the Aquarium 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. January 1, 2017.
The Aquarium’s coastal-themed party lasts all day with crafts, ocean resolutions and daily programs featuring “What we love the most about the coast.” A noise-maker craft and kid parade precede two beach ball drops to take place at the daily dive programs scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to free screenings of the new PBS-TV series, “Splash and Bubbles,” featuring animated adventures in marine biology and oceanography, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. “Toast the Coast” activities and daily dive programs are free with general Aquarium admission.
About the Aquarium
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $10.95 ages 13-61; $9.95 62+ and military; $8.95 ages 3-12. Taxes not included. Free admission for: children 2 and younger, registered groups of N.C. school children and N.C. Aquarium Society members. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR).
General information:
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 230 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction. More on AZA:
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit


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