Military Discounts at State Natural and Cultural Sites for Memorial Day

Honoring those who served our country


Interpreters represent soldiers over time at Bennett Place State Historic Site

Image courtesy of NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Whether you are looking to explore the outdoors, learn more about North Carolina history or get an up close view of wildlife this Memorial Day weekend, the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) offers a variety of attractions for every family to enjoy. Many of the sites offer discounts to active military personnel and their families on this special day honoring the armed forces. Some also provide the military discount year-round.  

A roundup of NCDNCR attractions, including operating hours and discount information:

  • NC Aquariums (Roanoke, Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher, Jeanette's Pier)
    • Daily military discount, open Memorial Day
  • NC Zoo (Asheboro)
    •  Daily military discount, open Memorial Day
  • NC Museums of History and Natural Sciences (Raleigh)
    • Free, military discounts to ticketed exhibits, open Memorial Day
  • NC Museum of Art (Raleigh)
    • Free, military discounts to ticketed exhibits, closed Memorial Day
  • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) (Winston-Salem)
    • Free, military discounts to ticketed exhibits, closed Memorial Day
  • State Parks and Recreation areas (Various locations throughout the state)
    • Free, open Memorial Day
  • State Historic Sites
    • Mostly free, military discounts offered at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center (Kinston) and NC Transportation Museum (Spencer); closed Memorial Day
  • State Historic Commissions
    • Mostly free, military discounts offered at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA (Wilmington, open Memorial Day) and Tryon Palace (New Bern, discounts daily, free on Memorial Day and Labor Day only, open Memorial Day)
  • Museum of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City), Museum of the Cape Fear (Fayetteville) and Mountain Gateway Museum (Old Fort)
    • Free, closed Memorial Day
  • NC Maritime Museum (Beaufort), NC Maritime Museum (Southport) and Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum (Hatteras)
    • Free, only Beaufort is open Memorial Day


There are a number of NCDNCR sites with military significance, as North Carolina's military history predates statehood. State Historic Sites have served as forts or training facilities from colonial times to the present. 

In and Near the Piedmont

The U.S. Army Signal Corps used Hanging Rock State Park for training in 1943 and the 92nd Medical Battalion did week-long trainings there that year.

Fort Dobbs, built in 1756, dates to the French and Indian War, and is oldest of the colonial military sites. Others are Alamance Battleground, Brunswick Town and House in the Horseshoe.

Lake James State Park includes a two-mile section of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail from the Revolutionary War era. Part of Elk Knob State Park was the site of a battle between the British and Patriots during the Revolutionary War.

Across the State

Civil War era military sites include Bennett Place, CSS Neuse, Fort Anderson and Fort Fisher. Bentonville Battlefield was the location of North Carolina's largest Civil War battle, and still serves as a site for study in tactics for Camp Lejeune Marines and Fort Bragg soldiers.

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA dates to World War II and is the most recent of the state's military venues.

The Battle of Fort Macon was fought at Fort Macon State Park during March and April 1862 at the onset of the Civil War.

The Fort Fisher Recreation Area and Carolina Beach share Civil War history with Fort Fisher and Brunswick Town State Historic Sites, respectively. During World War II, Camp Davis was built north of Wilmington in Holly Ridge and Fort Fisher was part of that complex. Fort Fisher State Historic Site was an anti-aircraft artillery training center and became the primary firing range. The Jones Lake area also was part of that training facility. Fort Johnston near Southport was constructed by the British in 1749 to protect the area from Spanish attack and now is part of the N.C. Maritime Museum-Southport.

For additional information about our state's military history and details on military discounts, visit

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