If I lived closer, I would come here more often. The trails are clean, the animals have plenty of space and seem happy and healthy. Staff was courteous. Food inside the park is overpriced, as expected. Check out the park map online so you can plan ahead for your favorites! Kids ages 9, 11, and 17 all enjoyed this trip as well as the parents. Exhibits have plenty of educational information, and we found a teaching cart at the Rhino overlook that had pieces of horns and a staff member to explain and answer questions. It is hard to narrow down a favorite, but the aviary, the desert and the polar bear are all at the top of the list. The dinosaur exhibit was interesting, and worth the extra pass to see, However, I wouldn't pay extra again to see the 4d ice age movie (only 7 minutes) or for the carousel. Our admission to the park was free, since we are NC Aquarium members. The whole zoo has lots of hills. The middle part (especially between the prairie and the desert is very hilly, and exhibits are spaced few and far between. The polar bear exhibit is under construction, and we were excited to read that the expansion will allow to have more bears and a breeding program.
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