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Carolina Raptor Center

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Address: 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone Number: 17048756521
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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
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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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Like A Zoo, But For BIRDS OF PREY!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
George M
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Lindenhurst, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stop in and see all the good things the center is doing and hear all the rescue stories. It's a good place to spend an hour or two and worth the $10. They have a variety of raptors that appear to be well taken care of with sufficient enclosures. It's pretty difficult to get pictures and there were a lot... More 

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Davidson, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always take our out of town guest to this lovely, educational and moving center. The exhibits of Raptors that have been rescued locally,and all over the US, are so interesting. These magnificent birds are treated and rehabbed whenever possible and released back into the wild. Others are treated and live out their lives in carefully constructed habitats. Their stories... More 

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a rescue center with walk around viewing of the birds. It has a store and also a stage where the handlers interact the birds with the audience. Worth the visit.

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Thank Rick M
Huntersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a blast waking around the raptor center and learning about all of the birds. The Owls are beautiful!! I also loved talking with the employees and hearing about how they all go above and beyond to protect and rehabilitate the raptors in our community. Please consider visiting them and Helping them so that all of their hard work... More 

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

On a sunny day this is a beautiful and interesting walk in the woods viewing the owls, eagles, falcons, vultures and other raptors in their aviaries. Most have been rescued and unable to fly in the wild, but beautiful to see and photograph. The trail is lovely and the canopy of trees keep it cool even on a hot day.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

There was no one around on the whole tour. We went to see the show but it was cancelled. We could find nothing that morning on the site that said it was cancelled. The receptionist just couldn't take the time to explain the hIgh cost of all the shows but for the high membership fee we could get. Discounted pricing... More 

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your honest experience. We apologize sincerely for the experience you had and hope that you will consider letting us make it right. Being an outdoor attraction with live animals means the summer is our best and worst enemy. The heat index policy is put in place so that our birds and their safety come first.... More 

Huntersville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Awesome place to learn about the rapters. People are very knowledgeable and willing to answer all questions. We took out-of-town guests and they loved it also.

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! We are so glad you had a wonderful time! More 

Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Nice place to walk around and see the raptors. Many of them are rescues that can no longer be in the wild due to an injured wing etc. It's a self guided tour, but we were able to see some vulture feedings and the caretaker taught us so much about the vultures. They run on donations and volunteers. Great place.

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Public Relations Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this review

The vulture feeding is one of our favorite weekend programs! More 

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