Zoos in Charlotte

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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.
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 opportunity to view over 750 animals from six diff...
Tiger World
(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 and walkabout self-guided tours in Rockwell, NC. (O...
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.
Asheboro
Connect with wildlife from two different continents as you explore 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats. Walk from Africa
Wellford
Home to over 500 animals, many of which roam freely inside large natural enclosures or on man-made islands. Try not to miss the Outback Safari where you are driven through 80 acres of free-roaming animals - some of which will eat right out your hand!
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 from 7:30 am until dusk; public programs and educati...
Riverbanks Zoo
(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!
Greenville Zoo
(91 Miles)
Greenville
Where a world of wildlife can be experienced in one day!
Asheville
The WNC Nature Center is Asheville's Zoo and Wildlife Park! Providing a one-of-a-kind adventure where guests can experience animals & plants native to the Southern Appalachian region. Featuring over 60 species of animals including river otters, blac...
Cameron
A rescue zoo currently caring for over 300 exotic creatures, including aviary, reptile room and extensive habitats. The Safari Ride element is a guided jaunt around the perimeter with plenty to see in the enclosures and some free roaming breeds as we...
Ridgeway
Amazing Interactive Animal Experience! All tours by appointment so you can touch & hold the animals! Petting Ranch Critters like you have never had in your life! Come visit exotic and domestic animals! Cuddle a Mountain Coatimundi! Kiss a Potbelly P...
Max Meadows
Fort Chiswell Animal Park is a free-range zoo located on 45 acres just off Exit 80 on I-81/I-77. The zoo is home to animals from six continents and has become a favorite destination for families, schools, churches, and group travel tours due to the h...
Touchstone Farm
(133 Miles)
Temple
For animal loving kids, Touchstone Farm in New Hampshire makes a fun day out where they can spend time with horses, as well as other farm animals
Waccatee Zoo
(149 Miles)
Myrtle Beach
located within 500 acres of private, carefully preserved, wooded property. Along winding trails, beneath shady trees you'll find over 100 species of animals, all treated like family. This zoo receives no state or government funding, just lots of T....
Mill Mountain Zoo
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(150 Miles)
Roanoke
is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, including 21 vulnerable species! The Zoo offers year round educational and recreational opportunities.
Ripleys Aquarium
(153 Miles)
Myrtle Beach
A $40 million, state-of-the-art, 87,000 square-foot aquarium experience, located at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is South Carolina's most visited attraction, where guests are entertained by some of the world's most beauti...
Gatlinburg
Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.
North Myrtle Beach
Live shows and feedings are also popular with visitors at this incredible facility, along with the many other animals housed there including literally hundreds of gators who can be up to 13ft in length and weigh 600lbs
Sevierville
Located in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, near both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, this all indoor RainForest Zoo is open year round. Meet some of the most amazing live animals you have ever seen! Featuring over 400 live anima...
Bear Hollow Zoo
(170 Miles)
Athens
A well kept and popular place for families to come and see Georgia’s native wildlife including many varieties of bears, deer, possums, turtles, otters, hawks, eagles and bobcats. They have a See and Touch session on Sundays for younger children.
Awendaw
Offering a unique insight into the lives and spectacular abilities of more than 40 species of birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites, and vultures. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with ...
Charleston
You'll find the aquatic habitats of the state from rushing mountain streams through rivers, lakes and the saltmarsh, to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, encounters with river otters, snakes, turtles, birds, fish and sharks delight gue...
Cleveland
Family Friendly zoo with over 400 animals including Georgia's premier petting zoo with over 100 breeds of rare and miniature livestock. Join us for baby animals being born. take a ride on the camel encounter wagon. Join us for pony rides, guided Wi...
Knoxville Zoo
(179 Miles)
Knoxville
Let’s go to the ZOO! Experience wildlife up close at Knoxville’s largest attraction as you come face to face with more than 800 of the Earth’s most fascinating animals.
Natural Bridge
Home of the most complete collection of exotic zoo animals and birds in the state, a breeding and rescue zoo for rare and endangered species. Pet and hug many occupants!
Its a ZOO Life
(182 Miles)
Pinetops
If you're traveling into Pinetops North Carolina on Hwy 111 South, and just so happen to catch a glimpse of what looks like a zebra or even a few miniature animals, you're not seeing things, and your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. That was a zebr...
Natural Bridge
Virginia Safari park is Virginia's only Drive-Thru Zoo. A great place to visit to get up close and personal to some of the amazing animals.
Edisto Island
You can view beautiful reptiles in both the indoor and outdoor facilities. Alligators and turtles swim and play in large outdoor ponds in the outdoor gardens, while other reptiles bask in the large indoor solarium.
Day At The Farm
(199 Miles)
Cove City
Hayrides, animal feeding, nature trail, guided tours , ice cream parlour, maze and picnic areas. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Carolina
Lilburn
You will have our animals eating out of your hand-- literally! Do not forget to bring your camera and video camera! You will capture the magical interaction between your children and our Game Ranch animals.
Rock Cave
The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is a modern zoological facility displaying native and introduced state wildlife. The Wildlife Center is dedicated to presenting visitors a realistic and factual understanding of our state's wildlife. Woodland w...
Zoo Atlanta
(226 Miles)
Atlanta
Animal keeper talks, training demonstrations, fun shows, animal encounters and more!
Georgia Aquarium
(226 Miles)
Atlanta
With more than 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more aquatic life than found in any other aquarium, you are sure to see things you’ve never seen before! One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with ...
Moseley
Hop aboard the Safari Train and take a fifteen minute ride into the African Savannah. Get up close and personal with free-ranging animals while receiving a guided tour.
Bear Path Acres
(235 Miles)
Franklin
An animal sanctuary with native wildlife, exotics from all over the world, plus reptiles and farm animals. You can feed the horses, sheep, llama, and goats, pet the rabbits and play with the ferrets!
Slade
There are few reptile collections that can compare to the diversity of animals on display at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. Animals on exhibit range from an 18 foot reticulated python, our largest resident, to many types of venomous snakes such as cobras,...
Chattanooga
The Chattanooga skyline features six magnificent peaks that top the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings. River Journey is the original Aquarium building and features stunning freshwater creatures and habitats from around th...
Luray
Seeing zookeepers interact with animals and know them personally. Having a zookeeper available to answer your questions. Getting Close and personal with animals is something Luray Zoo does best! Have you ever been close enough to a tiger you can cou...
Bug Box
(279 Miles)
Fredericksburg
Our zoo features exotic insects, arachnids, and crustaceans from around the world. Yikes, we also have a pet snake"Fred", two family member turtles, frogs and toads, Sammy salamander and so much more! And visitors can view hundreds of specimens and s...
Virginia Zoo
(279 Miles)
Norfolk
Meet over 350 amazing animals. Take a ride on the Zoo train. Explore gorgeous gardens or splash in fountains on pretty days. A fairytale family day.
Jackson
In the early 1980's, Dauset Trails was primarily a rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned wildlife.
Pine Mountain
Visitors can ride through the park, observe, take pictures and feed the animals from their car,one of the Zebra Vans or the guided tour bus (seasonal). Hundreds of exotic animals - a true worldwide safari!!
Jekyll Island
It's primarily a sea turtle hospital but visitors may visit recovering patients and can also explore an interactive exhibition.
Manteo
Exhibits at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island focus on the diverse aquatic environments of the ''Waters of the Outer Banks.'' All of the animals on display are native to the state.
Virginia Beach
Check out our hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. Plus you won't want to miss the 3D IMAX Theater. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Virginia beach for kids.
Attalla
An exotic animal park and rescue preserve where families can enjoy over 80 large predators, including tigers, leopards and bears, that call this reserve home, as well as a full contact barnyard.
Kingwood
Home to over 30 different species of native and exotic animals from all over the world, and even better you can feed over half the animals in the zoo!
Horse Cave
Have you ever met a kangaroo? Ever played a didgeridoo? Ever fed a lorikeet? You could travel 9,500 miles to Australia to do these things, or just come see us at Kentucky Down Under.
Albany
Chehaw Wild Animal Park features natural habitat exhibits with native and exotic animals. Visitors can stroll our scenic boardwalks through the cypress swamps and see our many animal exhibits, such as: African Black Rhino, American Bald Eagles, Free ...

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Fun places to visit in Charlotte with kids

There are so many fun places to go with kids in North Carolina - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look above, lots of the best things to do with children in NC