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Carolina Raptor Center

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Address: 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone Number: 704-875-6521
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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
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Fascinating and well worth the cost...great for all ages!

I have been to the Carolina Raptor Center many times and always try to take visiting company there for a visit if possible. The Raptor Center is extremely clean and well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
tiptonjulie
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Huntersville, NC
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Huntersville, NC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been to the Carolina Raptor Center many times and always try to take visiting company there for a visit if possible. The Raptor Center is extremely clean and well maintained, and the staff and volunteers are friendly and helpful. The raptors themselves are, of course, the big draw. They are beautiful animals and the chance to see them... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Though it was very cold, it was a unique place to explore and do something fun and interactive. The birds are incredible, as are the facts that were posted in and around the center.

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Yorba Linda, California
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42 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The Carolina Raptor Center right outside of Charlotte, NC inside the Latta Plantation at 6000 Sample Road is a great place for families. The outdoor Raptor Trail is 3/4 mile and little ones and strollers can easily handle the trail, wheelchairs maybe a little bit harder. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors/military/teachers, $6.00 for students and 4 and... More 

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Monroe, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

As a long time bird lover, my favorites have always been the raptors. My one and only tattoo is of a great horned owl on my left shoulder. The birds in this place have all come from situations which will no longer allow them to live in the wild. As sad as it is to see them caged, we know... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I volunteer every year as I very much appreciate the work they do to save and rehabilitate the raptors. We are very lucky to have a facility like this in our area. Great staff, well maintained, and a nice gift shop. Kids will love it.

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Moreno Valley, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Driving in it was confusing as to where it's at, even when you come to the gates.....still no signs ???? I can't believe it's that costly to put up a few signs. We talked to the young lady at counter who told us what they offer for the $10 admission , which was in 15 minutes a program where the... More 

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Indian Land, South Carolina
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89 reviews 89 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

This is a place that cost $10.00 per adult, and $6.00 per student, where is all the money going? The signs are all worn and hard to read, most of the cages are empty or closed off. I am glad the animals were rescued and they have a home. Most of them look sad and not happy. It is nice... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This small educational facility houses over 23 varieties of raptors (birds of prey), many of whom cannot be released into the wild due to injuries sustained by gun shots, hitting electric wires, and broken wings. A 3/4 mile flat, stone dust path winds you through the woods to the raptor enclosures - easy to walk for even small children. The... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Heard about this place from a friend. Decided to check it out. Very cool place. Went with the family (2 young kids). Stayed for 3hrs walking around and learning about the work they do and seeing all the birds. GREAT PLACE! Friendly staff. I would recommend checking it out.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

A great place to spend a day and learn new things about raptors. A must is the Raptor Flight Show - do not miss this! Also take time for "Meet the Raptors" and "Feeding the Raptors". Very neat place- we will visit again

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