EBT cards equal reduced rates for aquarium admission

By on November 6, 2017

(N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island)

If your family is enrolled in the program previously known as food stamps, your EBT card can be used for more than just buying groceries.

Now, EBT, or Electronic Benefits Transfer, cards can also get you a deal on aquarium admission.

“We want everyone to have access to the outstanding, fun and educational resources available at our North Carolina aquariums, but we recognize that admission fees can sometimes pose a barrier to low-income families” Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, said in a press release.


“We hope this new program will give more North Carolina families the opportunity to visit us and learn more about the natural world,” she added.

Under the new program, admission fees are $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. In addition to an EBT card, visitors must present a valid photo id.

The project is a joint initiative between the North Carolina departments of Natural and Cultural Resources and Health and Human Services, and was inspired by the national Museums for All program, which aims to expand access to museums and other cultural institutions by removing financial barriers to admission.


The new, reduced admission prices became available Nov. 1 at the North Carolina aquariums at Roanoke Island, Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher, and will be available year-round.

“I’m grateful that even more families can now enjoy all of the benefits the state’s aquariums have to offer,” Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, said in the release.


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