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Carolina Raptor Center

#2 of 27 things to do in Huntersville Features Animals
6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
+1 704-875-6521
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Interesting and educational

Go on a day when they are feeding the vultures and at a time when there is a scheduled show. There... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
travelweary1
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Mooresville, North Carolina
Learn about raptors during a leisurely stroll through the woods.

Our group of four adults visited CRC and we thoroughly enjoyed it. CRC offers a nice, shaded... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nerhtoc
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Hickory, North 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” (26 reviews)
“raptor center” (75 reviews)
“bald eagles” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Go on a day when they are feeding the vultures and at a time when there is a scheduled show. There is seating for the show and they bring the birds out one at a time to fly around the stage and over the audience....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of four adults visited CRC and we thoroughly enjoyed it. CRC offers a nice, shaded stroll through the woods to see many different species of raptors up close. We will certainly return and take other family members and friends to enjoy the experience.

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

Thanks for the great review! We hope you get back to the Raptor Trail soon. Our flight show, Flights of the Forest, is FREE with regular admission this summer and takes off every Saturday and Sunday at 11 am.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative staff and interesting things to see and do Great way to spend on your visit to Latta Nature park Be sure to also see Latta Plantation

Thank Wayne T
CarolinaRaptorCenter, General Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your kind words! If you loved the exhibits, you will really love our Saturday and Sunday flight shows. They are free all summer with regular admission. Regards, Michele Miller Houck Associate Executive Director

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the morning there, and really enjoyed ourselves. My kids and I share a love of raptors, so we had a great time. It was hot, but not unbearable as it is shady. They have a large assortment of different types of raptors, so...More

Thank Donna C
CarolinaRaptorCenter, General Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review! Lots of great advice from a parent who KNOWS! We'll take a look at the signage, because we don't want you to lose your way and miss one of the great birds we've got on the Trail. Come back on a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In spite of the high temperature, our walk through the Raptor Center was cooler thanks to.the wooded location. There is so much to see that I don't think we would have noticed the heat anyway. The temperature did cause cancellation of the flight show but...More

Thank Mary E
CarolinaRaptorCenter, General Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review! We appreciate your understanding of our need to cancel sometimes due to heat. We've actually changed our flight show times starting the weekend of July 15 to 11 am and 1 pm on Saturday and 11 am on Sunday to try...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely setting to view the raptors. We live near Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania, so enjoy watching them soar. This is a nice experience to see them up close in as natural setting as can be allowed. These are saved birds, so it it is good...More

Thank gwenrich8
CarolinaRaptorCenter, General Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the lovely review! We'd love to visit Hawk Mountain during migration season -- what an experience you have in your home town. Glad you've let folks know that comfy shoes and bug spray are a must have for our trail. Ditto!

Reviewed 13 June 2017

I was told by a staff member that this is a private zoo and not associated with the park that it is in. I have to say, even for the fact that they are preserving the opportunity to see these interesting birds, it is too...More

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

Thanks for your review! I wanted to make sure that you knew that Carolina Raptor Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. We are located within Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, which is part of our county's Park and Recreation...More

Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Recently took my three year old son and my parents here. We were a little worried because it was a hot day and it's an outside activity but the whole place is shaded so it stays nice and cool. There were s ton of birds...More

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

Thanks for endorsement! You will be glad to know that we are in the process of planning and building a brand new facility that we hope you will want to visit again and again...check back during 2018 for more information about the Quest Adventure Center...More

Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

This isn't a very big center (though not bad at a little under 1 mile of trails) - but it does have a ton of raptors, vultures etc. I drive almost 2hrs to get here and have been with my young children 4 times now....More

Thank Ryan K
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thanks for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the bird show. And for all of you who haven't heard it is free this summer with regular admission!

Reviewed 25 May 2017

This is a bird lovers paradise, purchase a trail pass and see many species of Raptors from Kestrels, Owls, Falcons, Hawks, Eagles and Turkey Vultures. This venue offers so much and the main focus of the Center is caring for and Rehabbing injured birds. Many...More

Thank John E
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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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