North Carolina’s Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke aquariums are going to close to the public at the end of this month for projects to be tackled, animal care enhanced and to make sure the aquariums “sparkle and shine,” officials said this week.
While the facilities are closed Jan. 29 to Feb 2, staff are to complete a list of tasks, including large, multi-day projects that only can be done while the aquariums are closed.
“The compassion and unwavering commitment of the North Carolina Aquariums team to the animals and the community is unmatched. It’s important for us to take this time to begin 2024 with momentum and renewed focus on animal well-being and our conservation mission,” NC Aquariums Acting Director Michael P. Remige said in a statement.
The aquariums will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. Advance tickets are required to visit the aquariums. Visitors can plan ahead and reserve their tickets online.
See what’s happening behind the scenes at the aquariums during the closure: