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Carolina Raptor Center

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Address: 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
Phone Number: 17048756521
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Love the Birds

I wasn't sure I wanted to see raptor birds in cages, but when I read the history of why each one was brought to the Center and how each one would not be alive if it weren't for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Millis, Massachusetts
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Millis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I wasn't sure I wanted to see raptor birds in cages, but when I read the history of why each one was brought to the Center and how each one would not be alive if it weren't for being saved by the people at the Raptor Center, I was glad I visited. There is an admission charge but the funds... More 

Thank abcady
Angier, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My sister and I stumbled across this place on the way to Latta plantation, and it was the highlight of our day. The big exhibits were set in the middle of a shady pine grove, which was welcome in 90 degree heat. The owls and falcons were our favorites. It's a good place for a family outing. It took us... More 

Thank Delphine C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for field trips. Nice short trails and exhibits. Good interaction with staff and animals. Educational. They show live demonstrations with owls and birds. Shaded so not so hot. Parking is easy and the area is beautiful at Latta Plantation.

Thank Candy F
Belmont, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well shaded trails allow you to view the birds even in the summer heat. I do recommend that you carry water and even pack a picnic lunch. They have a small gift shop at the entrance/exit. A map is provided and the trail is marked but we seemed to walk past the same birds several times. I recommend this adventure... More 

Thank deborah r
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located near Latta plantation this place is neat to visit and a good stop if you are here from out of town.

Thank chefhubaju
Huntersville, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love visiting the raptor center and have been several times. We love learning about the birds, and it's such a pleasant walk even on a hot day through the woods

Thank stanleysmama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun place to visit! Flight show is definitely worth it! It is a lot of walking, and on a trail in the woods no less, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. However, it is very shaded so that is nice.

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it was so hot today here in the Carolinas and I wanted to get out for a walk and fresh air. Have heard of this center and from pictures knew it was in the woods. A perfect day to visit .. Lots of shade. I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon .. There are many beautiful birds to see with a story... More 

Thank Japsmiles
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

The most important thing to know is this attraction is in a shaded forest area. They have a variety of hawks, vultures, eagles, and other birds of prey. They have an exhibit that shows the first 24 hours of treating a wounded bird, that was informative.

Thank George M
Lindenhurst, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

It was our last day in the area and it was HOT. We wanted to do something low key and chose to come here based on previous reviews. We are so glad we did. It was a weekday so business was slow, which turned out great for us because one of the volunteers there offered to be our private tour... More 

Thank Erin T

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