We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carolina Raptor Center

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone Number: 704-875-6521
Website
Improve this listing
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description:

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the...

Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. Stroll along the 3/4 mile nature trail for a self-guided tour, observe over 20 species of raptors in their aviaries, watch a presentation of live raptors, read personal stories about our resident birds and how they came to live at Carolina Raptor Center.Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pmSunday: 12pm-5pm

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 177 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Unique place with astonishing birds

This place is tucked away in a larger park. You have to seek it out, but it's worth it. The center is mostly a raptor hospital--treat and release--but a number of raptors... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Accurate
,
Chapel Hill, NC
Add Photo Write a Review

177 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Chapel Hill, NC
Level Contributor
22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

This place is tucked away in a larger park. You have to seek it out, but it's worth it. The center is mostly a raptor hospital--treat and release--but a number of raptors (hawks, falcons, eagle) ineligible for release live there. To have any idea of what's what, you have to see one of the raptor shows, when a specialist brings... More 

Helpful?
Thank Accurate
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Level Contributor
83 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This is a great place, enjoyable for the whole family and a great learning environment for your kids.

Helpful?
Thank Elij51189
Mooresville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed myself during my visit. I learned a lot about the different birds. Nice place to walk around. Has a cute gift shop. I enjoyed my visit

Helpful?
Thank candicek007
Huntersville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We loved our trip to the Raptor Center. It is really neat how they help rehabilitate these wild birds and release them back into the wild if and when they are able. The walking trail through the raptor center is well maintained in a lovely forest environment. I really loved the gift shop as well. They have nice gifts/mementos for... More 

Helpful?
Thank ChrisTarpley
Mission Viejo, California
Level Contributor
43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

I took a spontaneous trip to the Raptor Center after seeing a sign on the highway. It's located about 20 minutes from the highway down some lovely country roads. It's on the Latta Plantation grounds. There are over 50 birds on view here, all in enclosures in a wooded setting. They have a lot of information about the birds and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ebirdy
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

Love this place. Well kept and the walking outdoor is wonderful. The birds are well card for and easily seen.

Helpful?
Thank Sunshineb81
Level Contributor
27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

This place is fantastic. The birds they have are so amazing and the wooded layout add to the fun. Expect to be there for an hour or so and walk nearly a mile. The bird cages are spread out over a wooded path which add to the natural habitat of the raptors. The eagle aviary is super cool, just note... More 

Helpful?
Thank FLBOY68
Level Contributor
32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Been several times and the folks here to an amazing job with injured or other raptors. Seen the different presentations and taken many visitors to this educational and very interesting place. Well worth a visit.

Helpful?
Thank Barbara M
Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Good place to learn about birds. Staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. Will go again next year. Everyone there learned a lot of interesting things. Seeing the wild birds being taken care of until they can be released back into the wild is cool.

Helpful?
Thank Randy G
STANLEY
Level Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I signed up for a behind the scene visit expecting to take awesome photos of beautiful raptors without shooting through a chain link fence. Didn't happen. Talked with a few other photographers and found that they did have shows where good photos could be taken. I will go back.

Helpful?
Thank skykop

Travelers who viewed Carolina Raptor Center also viewed

 

Been to Carolina Raptor Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Carolina Raptor Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?