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“Great chance to see birds of prey up close”

Carolina Raptor Center
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great chance to see birds of prey up close”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Started as a conservancy for injured local birds, now it's a top 10 attraction. This non-profit rolls all the entry fees into care for the hundreds of birds located on property. People still bring in injured wild birds and they are nursed back to health and released.

Visited July 2012
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Mount Holly, North Carolina, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great for kids, accommodating staff!”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

The staff told me everything I needed to know at check in and even provided bug spray. I recommend only strollers with large wheels as you will be traveling on wood chipped paths. We were not there for a show and hope to go back to catch one next year. The kids loved being outside. Even though it was hot, paths mostly shaded and comfortable. Castle for playtime a bonus.

Visited September 2012
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Kings Mountain, North Carolina, United States
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful place”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

We enjoyed an intriguing tour at the Raptor Center by the knowledgeable staff. The birds are beautiful, and I didn't realize exactly how many they rescue. What an awesome place!

Visited October 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
529 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Very nice bird conservation facility”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

This facility is very nicely kept. They build all of their own exhibits and have a wide variety of raptors from all over the world. It is larger than it looks from the outside as all of the exhibits are outside on a walkway. Very educational and worth a visit.

While the $10 admission seem steep for the size of the facility, they have plenty of discounts such as for seniors over 60, college students etc. So don't let the price of the facility drive you away. My daughter who is a college student and I got in for $8 for the two of us. This facility is inside the Latta Mountain Lake Park which is also worth a visit in itself.

Visited December 2012
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 14, 2012

It was fascinating to see the birds in different stages of rehab and to learn the stories of how they came to be at the Raptor Center. The staff is very knowledgable and enjoys telling visitors about the center and the various birds housed there.

Thank PoohmomNc
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