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“Quite an experience for adults and children alike.”

Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visit the world's largest waterfowl park, featuring over 2,500 birds from around the world in large walk-through aviaries. Meet endangered waterfowl, flamingos, parrots, cranes, toucans, and more. Get an up-close experience with parakeets in the interactive Landing Zone aviary. Unique education programs teach students of all ages about waterfowl, wetlands, and environmental science. Admission: $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for children. The park is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the spring and summer, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the fall and winter.
Reviewed December 21, 2012

This place has hundreds of birds; some cages, some roaming/flying freely. You can come in close contact with many exotic birds, which makes for great photographic opportunities.

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

We visited with our two year old granddaughter. Took the golf cart tour with a guide. The perfect way to go with a small child and the guide was fantastic. The design facilitates being close to all types of waterfowl and the guide really helped us appreciate them and what they are doing to save many potentially extinct species.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Have you ever wondered about those beautiful exotic birds you see on TV or in National Geographic? Where do they come from? Do they make sounds? What do they eat? Well hidden away in central North Carolina is a lovely park, a tribute to an International lifetime of study and research on exotic birds and waterfowl! It is an educational resource for the "waterfowl, wetlands, and natural world" our children live in! It is a lovely day spent wandering paths and trails, peeking at owls and parrots and familiar exotic breeds but also peering from an enormous tree house with a view to untouched bogs and streams that support the food sources for the waterfowl. Listen to the peacocks call! Watch the flammingoes march at dusk. Absorb the colors of this sparkling gem!

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

I've lived in NC most of my life, and I had never heard of this place. Got a special offer through Groupon and decided to check it out. Even without the Groupon offer, it's only $9 for adults, so very reasonable. My husband and I drove through the country (early November) for a nice day out to Scotland Neck, NC (about an hour and 45 minutes from Wake Forest, NC area NC). The trees are not going to be stellar this year, but it was still a nice drive on hwy 561 vs the freeway. The center is very nice and the staff is friendly. It's a self-guided tour at your leisure, so plan on about 2 hours if you're a shutter bug like me. This place not only offers a great opportunity to see and photograph exotic birds, more importantly, it's a true sanctuary and offers help and assistance to endangered species as well as injured birds. It's a nice, leisurely stroll and a great learning experience for the kids. I give it 2 thumbs up! Check it out.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

It is not real easy to get to but it is well worth the effort! This is a real gem, a collection of over 2,000 ducks, geese, swans, and exotic birds brilliantly displayed in natural exhibit areas where you can be up close and personal without looking throuw wire cages and glass all the time. The exhibits are grouped by regions of the world - Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Australia. The walk-through display areas have plenty of informative signs with detailed info on what you are enjoying and not just the name. The common varieties are represented but so are many near-extinct species that are magical to see and appreciate.

The visit starts with the very reasonable entrance fee, $9 adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for 3-12 year olds (the place is non-profit and is self-supporting) and we watched a chick peck out of it's shell in the small incubator in the entrance lobby. After watching a five minute video we were free to wander the lovely 18 acre facility and the well laid out landscaped and maintained walkways with ponds all around and a combination of native and exotic plantings to complement the exhibits.

A great day out and you will not regret going off the beaten path for this one!

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