North Carolina Zoo

North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro: Hours, Address, North Carolina Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

North Carolina Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We are excited to welcome you to the Zoo! Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate on the day of your visit. Face coverings and social distancing are recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated. Face coverings are required at the Acacia Station Giraffe Deck. At the North Carolina Zoo, we seek to inspire a lifelong curiosity about wildlife and a passion for protecting it. As the world’s largest natural habitat zoo, the North Carolina Zoo and its dedicated staff of experts provide expansive spaces and world-class care for the more than 1,800 animals here giving our guests the chance to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina. At the same time, our animal experts work tirelessly in the Zoo and around the world to ensure the protection of the world’s most amazing creatures and the places they call home. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Anon
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Asheboro Zoo - a real treasure
Oct 2021 • Friends
Wonderful zoo for all ages. Be prepared to walk a lot. If you have toddlers take a stroller or wagon. Wear walking shoes. Be prepared to take all day! We spent 2 hours and saw only the Africa exhibits. We walked 2 miles in that area. Well worth the time and money.
Written October 2, 2021
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Skyewyatt
Patchogue, NY17 contributions
Plenty of room for the animals to roam
Sep 2021 • Family
Plenty of room for them to roam. Hard to see the animals. I suggest feeding them and keeping them in a smaller area for a few hours a day. Some
water features need fresh water and larger such as flamingo. $15 entry fee was reasonable.beautiful grounds to walk, it must be spectacular in the fall.
Written September 30, 2021
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spvita
Winston Salem, NC11 contributions
A disappointment.
Sep 2021
Not suited for seniors. Too much walking between exhibits, many trails are uphill, tram stops are few and far between. Many exhibits had no animals there. Very annoying when you finally get to an exhibit and you find that it is closed.
Written September 28, 2021
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Sherry T
Wilmington, NC3 contributions
Seen better - seen worse
Sep 2021
Went to the zoo but not what I expected… there was a lot of walking for limited animal viewing!! The highlights were the butterfly enclosure - even though it was not very big for the ticket price and feeding the giraffes! The giraffe feeding was an amazing experience and one we would do again !!
Written September 26, 2021
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traveler
Washington DC, DC6 contributions
Don't go....
Sep 2021 • Family
DONT GO!!!!!
ITS OVERPRICED

Ok so most animals are far away if you get to see them
You'll be walking long distances in up hills, no one wears a mask
The food options are Terrible, a bottle of water is 4 dollars and they only sell fountain drinks at 6 dollars in a tiny plastic container marked zoo. So basically they sell you water with sugar for 6 dollars

It's a rip off
Written September 26, 2021
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trapezoidhd
Durham, NC16 contributions
No Great Shakes
Sep 2021
I had not been to the NC Zoo in maybe 12 years. As another reviewer said, it's more of a hike than a zoo. It struck me as rather tired and unchanged in the intervening years. The collection of animal species is OK, not great. Many animals were out of view or some stations were closed. In the expansive African habitats are pay per use magnified viewers. No one carries pocket change much these days. why can they not just be complimentary? I found the educational placards lacking. More detail is needed. Finally, the food vendors in keeping with the zoo's pledge to be more "green" and sustainable should stop service food and beverage in plastic. It is a lovely place to visit for sure, but falls short to the world-class zoos one finds in larger metro areas.
Written September 25, 2021
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travelingtips
North Carolina169 contributions
Too much walking? Consider Ride and Guide Tour
Sep 2021
I love animals - the NC Zoo is among my favorite places to visit. I go as often as I can. This visit, I prearranged the Ride and Guide Tour, which is a golf cart tour through the zoo. This enabled me to bring along two people who wouldn't have been able to do all the walking. Our tour guide (Ann) was very knowledgeable about the animals and made sure we got to see our favorites. We did the 3-hour option which included a lunch break (with prearranged meals) and an opportunity to feed a giraffe. I believe you could have done the butterfly garden instead of the giraffe feeding. It was well worth the money to have this wonderful day and experience. The tour must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance, is weekday only and is on a first-come-first-served basis. It is also very lovely to walk - but if the walking is too much, don't push yourself...one time we went and just did Africa, another time just N. America and another time, the whole thing taking advantage of the free tram. I look forward to the new Asia section coming in 2024!
Written September 25, 2021
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AineFlorida
Florida604 contributions
Keep on Walking
Sep 2021
This was much more than a hike through this Zoo. We walked for 3 1/2 hours to see very few animals but lots of bushes, trees and flowers. Thank goodness there were ramps for those who needed them. So disappointed in the lack of animals to view. Several exhibits were closed. The landscapes were lovely especially if you were touring a botanical garden. There was an extra charge for the butterfly dome, after you had to pay admission to get in. I also agree with another comment about the lack of educational material to help children get information. Masks were required inside ALL buildings but that was not enforced. The food was okay a little pricey but still good. If taking small children please take a stroller, wagon or rent one.
Written September 5, 2021
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Butterflykey
Havelock, NC203 contributions
THIS IS NOT A ZOO
Sep 2021 • Family
I am giving this place three stars because it is a very nice place & the animals are in pretty good conditions & the habitats are nice. However, this is NOT a Zoo! I am not sure if any other Zoo is set up like this, but every Zoo I have been to & even worked at, you would see one animal exhibit & then maybe walk 20 feet & there is another. Unless of course it’s something large like for Elephants but then once you left that larger area it typically goes back to where there are more animals. This place, you’d see an animal & then have to walk almost another mile to see another. It was insane! They have the grounds of this place dedicated more for Hiking trails than animals. So I would call this more of a Nature Center with occasional animals throughout & a lot of hiking trails through the woods. There are not really any educations materials which they could at least put signs or games throughout the grounds when you have to walk so far to get to another exhibit, because overall it’s just boring after so long. I like hiking & nature, but when most of your day is used up just walking down an asphalt path through woods, it starts to get annoying when that isn’t why you came to this place. The layout overall is terrible, the signs are hard to understand with which direction to go as well & the Map is very misleading. Do not look at the map and think this is what the place actually looks like, because the map makes it seem like the animals are close together. For example when you are at the Red Wolves, you have to walk down this path through the woods for three quarters of a mile before you end up back at anything. So I wanted to leave this review so people knew this, because if I would have known I was mostly going on a Nature Hike, I would have went somewhere else for the first time I was taking my daughter to a Zoo. I picked this Zoo because I heard it was amazing. Not saying it isn’t a nice place, but a Zoo… I wouldn’t call it that.
Written September 4, 2021
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Anthony
Leicester, NC369 contributions
Quality Zoo-But Some Animsls MIA
Aug 2021 • Solo
Really a quality zoo experience,great price and free parking a real value.Foodca little pricey but I imagine that it goes to upkeep.Be prepared for lots of walking,but good displays.We especially enjoyed the cougars,elephants,gorillas,bobcats,red wolf family,zebras all gave us great looks.
No chimps,no polar bear,or seals,and sadly the grizzly bear died recently.Butterfly house was really good.
Not SanDiego or Philly,but overall a good place for the price.
Written August 19, 2021
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