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“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.
Tomball, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Carolina Raptor Center”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

The center is truly awesome and near other attractions so you can hit a few stops. The grounds are fantastic as they are covered in trees so you have a lot of shade available during the summer. The natural setting also allows for several local birds to be present so it really adds to the experience.

Volunteers can be seen all through the exhibit checking on birds and continuously cleaning out water bowls. I was very impressed with the level of dedication shown by all of their employees and volunteers. The birds are beautiful and each individual story is shared so you know how they arrived and how long they have been there. The cages are large so it is easy to observe the birds without causing stress.

The trail was much longer than I had anticipated but I enjoyed every minute of it. Wear comfortable shoes and make sure to bring water if it is a hot day. If you are lucky you may catch them doing some training at the amphitheater. This was well worth the stop and should not be missed if you are in the area!

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Monica F
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Mooresville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Sunday Afternoon”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

What an amazing place this is! You can see the birds up close and personal and learn so much about them and their interaction in our environment. These folks do a phenomenal job.

Visited June 2013
Thank KathieSaltz
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
352 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
“Cool place - even if you're not a birder!”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

This is a fun place within the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. The cost of admission might seem high to some, but it costs a lot of money to feed those beautiful raptors!
The path and map are easy to follow, and the variety of birds impressive. I enjoyed getting a close-up view of some of the birds I've seen flying around in the wild. Signs tell you all about the birds, and how each one arrived at the Center. The rehabilitation work they do there is so important, so go and check it out, get a souvenir in gift shop, and also take a hike or visit the Nature Center and Plantation while you're there!

Visited June 2013
Thank ilive4sun
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

I have nothing bad to say about this place, it is a great place for all ages and everyone is always ready to help educate the little ones.

Thank weavet2000
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great day trip”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We took our toddler here because he loves birds. There are plenty of birds to see and it's a nice place to walk around when the weather is good. There is a flight show, but we did not watch since we didn't think our toddler would sit through it. The eagles are the best part!

Visited June 2012
Thank PGAbernethy
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