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“Very disappointing...” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center
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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
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very disappointing...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I have visited the Raptor Center several times since moving to Charlotte. The first few times were great- it was a quiet, but informative place. A place to go and commune with nature and enjoy the beauty of the birds. The last time I went they had turned it into some sort of "Guardians of Gahoole" rip-off. Kids were running around screaming and the set-up was terrible. The birds were all hiding in the back of their cages due to the noise level in the place (I wished I could have joined them) and it was hard to see them, much less enjoy the experience.

The changes they have made are unfortunate and take away from the atmosphere. Unless you want to deal with screaming, unruly kids and pay a grip of money to see a few tailfeathers, spend your money elsewhere.

Visited March 2013
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Savannah, Georgia
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fun and Interesting Place to Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Up close and personal with a wide range of birds. Hawks, falcons, vultures, owls, eagles, etc. Very good signing. Very visitor friendly.

Visited March 2013
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Sterling, Virginia
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342 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Great education center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I follow their eagle cam once eagle mating season gets going and always said I'd visit if I were in the area (I'm from Washington DC area). Well, I was and I did. The trail is really nice and easy to follow, lots of signage to explain each raptor and how they came to be at the Center. Not too much information, but enough to give you the basics of the species and short story of each raptor there. It looks like they are doing a bit to improve or build some areas more specific to children. It's already child friendly, but looked like they were adding to it.

Visited February 2013
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Coastal Massachussetts
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Birds, Outdoors, Education”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

What a wonderful sanctuary. Manicured grounds, humanely treated rapors, educational gift shop/book store. A delight for kids and adults...and a nice outdoor park-like setting.

Visited May 2012
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Ocala, Florida
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43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Birds, birds, birds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

You can see eagles, and you can hear the docents tal about the center. Eagles are rehabilitated whenever possible and then set free in other areas. It is great for kids and adults.

Visited March 2012
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Thank Hannah C
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