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Carolina Raptor Center

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Address: 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
Phone Number:
17048756521
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Talk a Walk on the Wild Side at Carolina Raptor Center What will you find...

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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I spent a couple of hours at the center and learned a lot about raptors. Interesting information displayed on each of the owls, hawks, vultures, etc housed at the center. You... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Medina, Ohio
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Medina, Ohio
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent a couple of hours at the center and learned a lot about raptors. Interesting information displayed on each of the owls, hawks, vultures, etc housed at the center. You can get a close up view of most. The gift shop had interesting items. The staff and volunteers do a good service for caring for these injured birds.

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words. We hope you come again! More 

Huntersville
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took advantage of a free visit for Arts and Science Council day. Beautiful facility to visit and learn about raptors and their rehabilitation. Well maintained trails and aviaries. Educational meet and greet stations. Picnic tables and benches to sit and take in the birds. The walking trails can be difficult for mobility impaired as there are many uneven surfaces, natural... More 

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for these kind words. We are looking forward to our new facility that will be more friendly to the mobility impaired. Stay tuned for more information to come about the groundbreaking this Summer! More 

Gastonia, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent experience! Very nice trails. Very educational. Nice gift shop to visit. The owls are really neat. Very much worth the visit!

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words. We hope you return soon. More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

My 2 young grandsons and I went to the center was a little disappointed in the condition of the center and unable to see the Eagles because of nesting. But I understand they are planning a new renovation. There were no shows at the time we went which would have been nice for the boys and I think a spring... More 

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

I have enjoyed the services that the Raptor Center has provided to birds with talons for many years. They deserve your attention and your donations. My very special Christmas sweat shirt has a message of respecting the habits of vultures. It is so charming. It involves vomit. It is the perfect present for teenage boys from 8 to 63.

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Marco Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Very relaxing. Great environment. Fabulous mix of birds of all breeds - up close. In the shade, even on a hot day. You can just sit and take in the serene surroundings. Great visit for all ages.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This is a fantastic conservation, rehabilitation and education center for people of all ages. I have been a supporter for many years and enjoy a yearly visit to see the changes and improvements and to continue my learning about these beautiful raptors. So much hard work and support from community has gone into making this an amazing place to enjoy.... More 

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Oakboro, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

These folks are all about conservation and its obvious how much they care for their birds. We've been coming here for a long time and made the decision to become members this year. We did a raptor encounter in the summer and had a painting done by one of the resident ravens, Diaval. Awesome experience!

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Blowing Rock, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

For our wedding, we wanted to invest in a cause that would represent our love of nature and embody our unity ceremony. Carolina Raptor Center’s “Release-a-Raptor” program offered us this unique opportunity by sponsoring a rehabilitated bird of prey. From our initial contacts with CRC staff, they were eager to work with us to see a bird released on our... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

On Sunday, October 30th, we visited the Carolina Raptor Center. It was interesting to see how injured birds are cared for. There was a sufficient variety of birds: Condors, Harriers, Peregrine Falcons, Red-Tailed hawks, Kestrel, owls, and one or two exotic South American birds. It can be a quick walk around the premises. It took us about 2.5 hours, because... More 

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