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“Many Well Displayed Raptors” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078
17048756521
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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.
Northern Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Many Well Displayed Raptors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

With a great staff and a great number of raptors, you'll be able to mark a number of the birds off of your bird list. The staff is well informed and takes the time to speak to you--even the volunteers fixing the trails were helpful!
The cages are large and roomy. The best touch are the informational signs: not only telling the visitor about the specie of raptor on display but also the life histories of the individual birds. This sets the Carolina Raptor Center apart from other such centers and they should be given credit for understanding their visitors better than most. Well done.
We visited without any children, but the child-oriented displays were a big hit with all of the children who were visiting with their parents. I highly recommend that you take time to bring your children to the Center. You will both learn something about raptors!

Visited March 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Raptors are worth getting to know!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Carolina Raptor Center is a great place to visit. You get close looks at many kinds of raptors. They have a good gift shop to take home a memento of your visit. During the summer they have flight shows where they talk about the birds and they fly over the crowd during the show. You can also take a special tour of the hospital on certain week-ends. They rehab a lot of raptors every year. I was a volunteer here for many years. If you want to learn more about raptors, consider volunteering. You will learn so much, educate others, and have memories you will never forget!

Visited October 2012
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Easton, Maryland
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“Just love this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Even if you aren't really a bird enthusiast, Carolina Raptor Center is worth a visit. Very interesting, informative and don't you just love going to a place where everyone who works there loves their job? The rehabilitation of injured birds is a good thing!

Visited March 2013
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Rock Hill, SC
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40 reviews
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“Wonderful facility for entire family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Great facility to see and learn about our feathered friends. Lots of birds to see and nice presentations given by employees. Check their website for hours and special presentations. Well worth the entrance fee.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“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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