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“Birders delight”

Sylvan Heights Bird Park
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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.
Chelsea, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Birders delight”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Last week I visited Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park specifically to photograph ducks, geese and swans. I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the North America, South America, Africa, Australia and Eurasia aviaries. It was a leisurely walk around all the exhibits. Even sitting on the deck of the visitors centre one can enjoy looking at hundreds of beautiful birds swimming in the Multinational Pond, around the water fountain and preening themselves on the little island. I did get caught off guard when one of the macaws kept saying "Hello" to me and all those who passed by. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. In the visitors centre there is a lovely gift shop and you can watch eggs hatching and birds emerging from their shell. I would highly recommend visiting this park to see and photograph and enjoy birds from all continents.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank youngmml
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
231 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Beautiful Birds”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

It's alittle off the beaten path but absolutely worth the effort to find it. It is an outdoor activity so don't stop when it's raining. Lots of various types of water fowl, some cranes, flamingos, parrots and some near extinct birds. You enter large areas with the birds. A great way to spend an afternoon!

Visited October 2013
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North Crolina
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great place for adults and children”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We did a day trip with our grandsons. The collection of waterfowl is the largest I've ever seen. The staff is friendly and the ones I spoke with were knowledgeable. Expect to spend at least four hours.

Take a picnic lunch. The adults can take a break at the picnic table while the kids burn off energy in the play area.

With all the trees there is not much wind and the open areas can be hot in the midday sun, so plan accordingly.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Stephen999123
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Greenville, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful birds”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

The peaceful environment for visitor and the birds alike. A very enjoyable day and well worth the drive.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Henry10244
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Durham, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Landing Zone Smiles, Peacock Plumage”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The new Landing Zone at Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park lets you interact with live birds. Enter the enclosure, and charming parakeets eat from your hand, land on your arm, and, in my case, sit on the brim of my pink hat. This was the most fun! Smiling and laughing, my friend caught me on film with two blue budgies - it's one of my favorite travel photos. Attendants with brooms lightly sweep away birds so you don't accidentally step on them. This is a "don't miss" exhibit, and we are returning soon with other friends to share the delight.

Other exhibit areas let you view the birds safely from just outside the enclosures. You can see birds from around the world including some endangered species. I loved the scarlet ibis. My favorite bird was the male peacock parading his fine plumage in front of a drab-colored female peacock. Considering the hissing and fighting, the chain link fence shown in this picture was a good idea!

This is a great afternoon outing for kids through seniors. Travel tip: The birds seemed more active on a moderate temperature spring day than during a summer heat wave a few weeks later.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Karen B
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