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Carolina Raptor Center

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Address: 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
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12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Afternoon visit with grandchildren

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank charlo65
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Wayne B
Marco Island
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6 attraction reviews
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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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 

Thank 00Treasure
Oakboro, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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!

Thank euphoricdelusions
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
1 review
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 

Thank Mary F
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This is a rescue center for raptors. Meat eating birds. It is funded by private donors and corporations, not the State. There is a hospital and therapists to rehabilitate birds with wing injuries i.e. from bullets, power cords,etc. there are are bald eagles that cannot competently fly in the wild because of injuries. They are breeding them and then release... More 

Thank tseefl
Duluth, Minnesota
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

great learning experience. birds are well taken care of and many learning stations. there are interactive times when you can actually watch handlers with the birds

Thank _teenbean60
Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Not long visited here, it's set in a lovely wooded area, a 45/an hour walk round to view all the lovely birds, mostly rescue with broken wings through shooting and car accidents. There are owls, raptors, buzzards, Ravens... All types to look at. Being a lover of birds it's great to see a place like this and at only $10... More 

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