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Zoos in CHARLOTTE

It’s animal time in Charlotte, North Carolina and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Charlotte because this The Tar Heel State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Carolina Raptor Center

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    (10 miles) Huntersville

    Stroll along the nature trail for a self-guided tour, observe raptors in their aviaries, watch a presentation of live raptors and chat with our Wild Wings Educators about your favorite bird of prey.

  • The Lazy 5 Ranch

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    (28 miles) Mooresville

    A privately owned exotic animal drive thru park that offers a 3.5 mile safari through the gently sloping pasturelands of Piedmont, North Carolina. While visiting at the Lazy 5 Ranch you will have the ...

  • Tiger World

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    (30 miles) Rockwell

    Tiger World is a nonprofit animal conservation and educational center dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation of exotic animals. We are open to the public for educational guided tours ...

  • Zootastic Park

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    (32 miles) Troutman

    An educational zoo with a great selection of well cared for mammals, birds and reptiles in comfortable habitats for close up study and enjoyment.

  • North Carolina Zoo

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    (67 miles) Asheboro

    Kids and the family can experience wildlife from two different continents on 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats! Animal-tastic North Carolina fun!

  • Carolina Children's Garden

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    (75 miles) Columbia

    The Carolina Children's Garden is comprised of two acres of themed gardens designed to inspire creative play and to encourage families to garden together in their own communities. It is open daily ...

  • Riverbanks Zoo

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    (85 miles) Columbia

    From elephants and koalas to penguins and sharks, formal gardens to natural woodlands, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden promises new discoveries around every corner!

  • Aloha Safari Zoo

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    (98 miles) Cameron

    A beautiful rescue zoo in North Carolina currently caring for over 300 exotic creatures, including aviary, reptile room and extensive habitats.

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  • Rays Splash Planet

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    (1 miles) Charlotte

    Ray's Splash Planet is unlike anything in the Carolinas!! Ray's includes a one-of-a-kind water park with fun-filled features. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to ...

  • Kannapolis Recreation Park

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    (24 miles) Kannapolis

    Swimming, waterslides, disc and miniature golf, volleyball and playground

  • Wet n Wild Emerald Point

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    (78 miles) Greensboro

    With over 36 rides and attractions, there's something for everyone from mild to wild, tots to seniors and wet to dry.

  • Charlotte Nature Museum

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    (3 miles) Charlotte

    A fun nature museum with a focus on those little ones 3 to 7 years, with live animals, nature trails, and hands-on exhibits in North Carolina!

  • Discovery Place KIDS

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    (13 miles) Huntersville

    Fun exhibits themed around a small town which let kids play, learn and build confidence all in the one fun Discovery Place KIDS in North Carolina!

  • Schiele Museum of Natural History

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    (18 miles) Gastonia

    Indoor and outdoor installations in all mediums and sizes help coalesce to form an indelible impression of the region's natural history and cultural development.

  • Settlemyre Planetarium

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    (19 miles) Rock Hill

    The Settlemyre Planetarium, located at the Museum of York County, uses a sophisticated star projector and a domed ceiling to recreate the night sky at any time of the year. Using this projector and ...

  • The N.C Transportation Museum

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    (40 miles) Spencer

    57 family friendly acres of transportation history at the North Carolina Transportation Museum - fun and educational!

  • Discovery Place KIDS Rockingham

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    (64 miles) Rockingham

    Incredible discoveries for kids with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities to teach kids as they play, in North Carolina!

  • Old Salem Museums and Gardens

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    (68 miles) Winston Salem

    Includes a museum on traditional and settler art, a large range of traditional activities with many being interactive, and a restored historic town populated with vintage characters at work. Plenty ...

  • Childrens Museum of Winston Salem

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    (69 miles) Winston Salem

    Galleries include multi level climbing zones, soft and hard construction area, kids' library, plus the Enchanted Forest which itself comprises over a dozen separate play stations associated with ...

  • SciWorks

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    (73 miles) Winston Salem

    With a state-of-the-art Planetarium, 17 acre Environmental Park and 35,000 square feet of exhibits, learning about science is fun at SciWorks. Newest feature: Sportsology Exhibit.

  • Greensboro Childrens Museum

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    (83 miles) Greensboro

    A hands-on, interactive, and educational play place for children ages 0-10 years and their families. Visitors learn while they play, touch, explore and discover in a variety of "Our Town" exhibits. ...

  • Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

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    (83 miles) Southern Pines

    The Sandhills region consists of nearly one million acres in south-central North Carolina. In the midst of this sandy terrain—famous for golf courses, peach orchards and horse farms is Weymouth ...

  • The Natural Science Centre of Greensboro

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    (84 miles) Greensboro

    Combines an accredited science museum including Herpetarium; zoological park including petting zoo; 3D Omnisphere Theatre performances and an aquarium in development.

  • Childrens Museum of Alamance County

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    (100 miles) Graham

    A fun and interactive way for kids to exercise their curiosity and develop their incredible imaginations through exploration - and where kids and adults can create together.

  • US National Whitewater Center

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    (10 miles) Charlotte

    The ultimate outdoor adventure with 700 acres in Charlotte for whitewater rafting, kayaking and ropes courses, to relaxing with live music and food!

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