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North Carolina Zoo

4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC 27203
(800)-488-0444
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Asheboro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Dacula, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This zoo is truly incredible. It has North America and Africa sections and both are extraordinary. Be sure to visit the aviary which has a variety of exotic birds and plants. If you want to get up close and personal with animals, this is the place. Excellent for those of us who are photographers!

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Myrtle Beach, SC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We spent 2 whole days here and I would highly recommend doing that. It is a HUGE zoo with lots of walking, but we had a stroller for our kids. The play areas for the kids were excellent. Our kids loved all of the animals also! When asking them what the favorite part of the 2 days were, all 3... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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551 reviews 551 reviews
254 attraction reviews
412 helpful votes 412 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The North Carolina Zoo is a good spot to spend a day outdoors. The zoo itself is large and includes two different sections, the North American and African continents. The park includes two separate parking lots located at each section of the zoo. The first one I encountered was the North American parking lot and decided to start my visit... More

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This zoo was a pioneer in creating zoo habitat that didn't involve tiny cages and pacing, unhappy animals. The zoo is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The zoo is thematic in that it only shows animals that are found on two continents - North America (seals, grizzlies, bobcats and the like) and Africa (lions, rhinos, elephants etc) I suggest... More

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Lewisville, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

This was the second trip I made to this zoo. There is plenty of space between exhibits which makes for a lot of walking. I did like this aspect and there are lots of trees which provided plenty of shade while walking. Depending on the time of day that you arrive at each exhibit you may not see the animal... More

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North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

At one time in the 1990s, this zoo was considered one of the best in the U.S, if not the world. The concept of natural-like habitats for the animals, indoor pavilions, and broad, free-roaming plains was ground-breaking and innovative. Apparently, it is quite rare for a state government to take on the challenge of running and funding its own zoological... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a different zoo, as most of the animals are not encaged, but free to roam in there specific "habitats". We have been twice, with and without our kids. There is a lot of walking, but it is certainly not a boring walk. There are zoo staff members around everywhere to assist in any way they can, and teach... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

On a road trip with my two adult daughters, we spent a day here, and it was awesome! We all love animals, but zoo trips were difficult for me when my girls were small because I hated the "concrete jungle" feel. None of that here, as the animal habitats are spacious and mostly free of barriers. We hiked both North... More

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

My husband and I came here for our third anniversary, we parked in the North America side, got the fun tickets (found out that our tickets we got yesterday, the fun tickets if we don't use them, they are good til October, we may go back in September) We waited on the bus to take us to the African side,... More

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Rocky Mount
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This place is so much more than a zoo, it really feels like you are in the countries. Lot of walking but enjoyable. Great price, we got the fun package. The carousel, rio 4d, and bugs adventure, all was worth it. Will come back every year with the family.

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