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Carolina Raptor Center

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6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
+1 704-875-6521
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Bug spray and time - Great outdoor visit

This nature preserve is well designed for couples and families. Many of the birds are rescued and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ptajack
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Durham, North Carolina
Vultures painting pictures!

The Vultures painting was the highlight. Staff and volunteers do a great job of explaining... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
phyl_and_john
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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Talk a Walk on the Wild Side at Carolina Raptor Center What will you find on your walk around the 3/4 mile Raptor Trail? Over 30 species of raptors and other birds of prey are featured on this walk on the wild side. Owls and Vultures. Hawks and Eagles. Falcons, Corvids and other species that just don't fall into any of these categories. Have you seen a Bald Eagle up close? The Raptor Trail features a nesting pair of Bald Eagles who live out back in the Eagle Aviary. Our Spectacled Owl just can't wait to tell you what she thinks about living here at CRC, but you might have to listen carefully to what she has to say - she's a shy one. Did you know that Vultures and Corvids are some of the smartest birds around. No bird brains here! Lots of human mythology surrounds both of these families of avian brainiacs. Crows have been known to drop nuts into crosswalks so that cars can crack them and then wait for the light to change and retrieve the goodies! Behind the scenes at CRC is our Raptor Hospital, where we see approximately 900 raptor patients a year (please no songbirds or possums!). If you can't make our behind the scenes tour, don't worry, the exhibit "A Day in the Life of a Raptor Hospital" will show you what goes on there - day and night.
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“birds of prey” (28 reviews)
“raptor center” (79 reviews)
“bald eagles” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This nature preserve is well designed for couples and families. Many of the birds are rescued and recuperating or are permanent residents. Take your time and enjoy the hands on discovery of nearly 60 bird varieties. You may hear ospreys calling or Ravens. All the...More

Thank ptajack
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Vultures painting was the highlight. Staff and volunteers do a great job of explaining detai8ls about the birds. Nicely designed and organized.

Thank phyl_and_john
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Our vultures (and ravens) are artists extraordinaire! Thanks for the comments. Glad you got to interact with staff and volunteers. They do a great job for us!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a really cool place to visit as a family. It is good for all age kids. It is appropriate for couples as well. Very well maintained.

Thank wabfam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first visit here, I loved it. I am a huge Eagle lover along with all of these wonderful creations of God. The staff was excellent, friendly, and involved to make our visit the best ever. Jana, was our guide and did a...More

Thank awoodie
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jayna is a great addition to our staff. She has been a camper and volunteer at the Raptor Center for many years (13!). We love growing Raptor kids! Sorry that you had to leave the Bald Eagles in their enclosure. I guarantee you, the novelty...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Learned a lot about raptors and local Hawks, owls and vultures. The Center has a hospital to treat injured birds so that they can eventually be released back into the wild. The Eagles are spectacular. Seeing a variety of raptors close up at the raptor...More

Thank pugd0gs
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind words! So glad you had a wonderful visit. Come back soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I’ve recently become interested in raptors thanks to webcams featuring Eagles and Ospreys, so thought it would be good to check out the Raptor Center. I had purchased tickets for the flight show, but the show owl had other plans and was not available the...More

Thank SSKB12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Raptor Center is a great place to enjoy nature and learn about the birds. It is very large with well-maintained walkways in a wooded area. There are often volunteer docents with exhibits on the trails. Flight shows on weekends are a real treat. There...More

1  Thank clcline2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While I understand the mission of the Raptor Center, the admission price is somewhat steep considering what you get. A family of four is $40. The map they provide is tough to follow and the large maps posted around the place have no "You are...More

Thank Railhistoryfan
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So sorry that your visit wasn't what you had hoped. Unfortunately, you visited on a day when programming had to be cancelled because of a resident bird issue - otherwise you would have enjoyed a free flight show and other offerings. Our pricing is similar...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I enjoyed a lovely morning here as last bit of fun before school starts. The exhibits are located outside amongst lots of shade trees. They have a great variety of different birds of prey most of the rescues that cannot live in...More

Thank dbgsmm
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you all had a great time. The birds hope that your son has a great school year. :-)

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Great little hands on place to take children, especially 3-7. Hands on fun!! My granddaughter loved it!

Thank Adele B
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thanks for the review! We're looking to add more hands on activities this fall, so be on the lookout.

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YH112
11 July 2017|
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Response from wiseguys4jc | Reviewed this property |
No more than 2 hours. Depending on how fast you do the center you can finish in 1.5 .If you have kids they will want t play more so then you will be closer to 2. :0)
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Breeanna R
10 April 2017|
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Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Hi Breeanna: Our trail is a hard packed screening gravel trail. The challenge for wheelchairs is that it has erosion control bars throughout that can get a bit bumpy. In terms of grade, it is about 75% flat with the vulture... More
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stevepearson2017
23 January 2017|
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Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Hello! Thanks for your inquiry about Carolina Raptor Center. The full trail walk is 3/4 of a mile. About 75% does not have a grade of over 10%. It is a hard packed trail with small (screening) gravel.
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