Escape pirate ship comes to NC Aquarium, will benefit sea turtles

Published 10:02 am Sunday, June 9, 2019

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has introduced a new escape room experience this season presented by the Point Harbor-based company Will You Escape the OBX? LLC.

Unveiled on Memorial Day weekend, The Adventure is a pirate-ship themed escape experience for aquarium guests to explore. Tickets are $15 per person (along with regular aquarium admission); five dollars of every ticket sold will go to help turtles in the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center.

“We are so appreciative of the offer and support for the STAR Center,” said the aquarium’s associate director Allen McDowell. “To have a fun addition to the aquarium and add extra support to our conservation mission is a win-win.”

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The escape experience is set up for families and is kid-friendly. A knowledgeable pirate is on hand to provide clues if needed. The experience takes around 45 minutes and spots will be booked every hour beginning at 9 a.m., with the last escape beginning at 4 p.m.

The Adventure will be open every day through June 18, then on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through August, except in cases of inclement weather.

Tickets to The Adventure can be purchased in person on site. Escapes are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. Tickets to the escape are sold separately from aquarium admission and children under five are free. The ship can accommodate groups of six to eight people.

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is dedicated to the mission of “Inspiring appreciation and conservation of our aquatic environments.” The aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit



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