Zoos in WILMINGTON with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Wilmington 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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  • North Carolina Aquarium Fort Fisher

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    (18 miles) Kure Beach

    An underwater adventure for the whole family where they can journey along "The Waters of Cape Fear" and even touch sharks!

  • Lynwood Park Zoo

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    (47 miles) Jacksonville

    10 acres of animal fun in North Carolina, with over 80 exhibits filled with animals from all over the world! Family zoo fun in Jacksonville!

  • Alligator Adventure

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    (54 miles) North Myrtle Beach

    A snappy day out in the reptile capital of the world at this Alligator Adventure! With live shows and feedings, hundreds of gators and other animals galore! Great South Carolina animal fun!

  • Ripleys Aquarium

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    (64 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 ...

  • North Carolina Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores

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    (71 miles) Pine Knoll Shores

    From the mountains to the sea, this family aquarium will take you on an aquatic journey from the peaks to the Atlantic, with fascinating and educational programs and experiences for kids.

  • Waccatee Zoo

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    (74 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 ...

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  • Hullabaloo

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    (19 miles) Hampstead

    Hullabaloo is the Hampstead area's only indoor playspace for kids, with plenty of places to have fun, get active and use that imagination!

  • Jump in Jax

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    (53 miles) Jacksonville

    A fun indoor play center in Jacksonville for kids ages 1 -12, featuring a revolving series of inflatables including slides, obstacle courses, classic bouncers and more

  • Dragons Lair Fantasy Golf

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    (64 miles) Myrtle Beach

    Dare to get medieval with this challenging adventure golf course filled with magical castles, fire breathing dragons and 36 holes!

  • Adventure Falls Golf

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    (65 miles) Myrtle Beach

    Two great miniature golf courses with cascading waterfalls, trees, a castle and caverns to play up, over and down, there is plenty of opportunity to get in trouble and to have some laughs at the same ...

  • Fun Warehouse

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    (71 miles) Myrtle Beach

    Fun activities for active kids of all ages including laser tag, soft play, inflatables, roller skating and arcade!

  • MegaPlay

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    (88 miles) Spring Lake

    Get ready for 6,700 sq ft of indoor play fun, with play structures, wave slides, and obstacle bridges....and the list goes on! Playtime fun for kids in North Carolina!

  • Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

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    (18 miles) Kure Beach

    Enjoy a leisurely day at the ocean shore. Comb the beach for sea stars, keyhole urchins and whelk shells. Or, simply lie back on the sand and enjoy the aerial acrobatics of seagulls, terns and brown ...

  • Singletary Lake State Park

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    (29 miles) Kelly

    Bring your group to Singletary Lake State Park and enjoy group camping in a land of mysterious origins. A portion of the unique Carolina bay ecosystem found nowhere else in the world, Singletary Lake ...

  • Lake Waccamaw State Park

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    (32 miles) Lake Waccamaw

    The cool, tea-colored waters at first appear similar to other lakes in the area, but Lake Waccamaw is one of the most unique bodies of water in the world. You will find here species of animals found ...

  • Jones Lake State Park

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    (47 miles) Elizabethtown

    Venture to Jones Lake State Park and view one of the greatest geological mysteries of the eastern United States the phenomenon of the Carolina bays.

  • Hammocks Beach State Park

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    (55 miles) Swansboro

    Venture to Bear Island and reward yourself with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic coast. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat, there's just one thing ...

  • Lumber River State Park

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    (61 miles) Orrum

    Lumber River State Park contains 8,438 acres of land and 115 miles of state natural and scenic waters, 81 miles of which are also designated national wild and scenic waters. The park's recreation ...

  • Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

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    (70 miles) Seven Springs

    At the turn of the century visitors flocked to the area. They drank mineral water from local springs to cure their ills and they took riverboat excursions to the cliffs. Things have changed since ...

  • White Lake Water Park

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    (44 miles) White Lake

    Cool family water fun with lots of water activities to spend the day in, including pools, slides, a lazy river and for something different, even indy karting!

  • Myrtle Waves Water Park

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    (65 miles) Myrtle Beach

    Experience one of South Carolina's largest water parks, with 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes and more than one million gallons of water!

  • Wild Water and Wheels

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    (74 miles) Surfside Beach

    So much more than a water park in Surfside Beach, with karting, kiddie rides, and mini golf - to name a few!

  • Fantasy Lake

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    (78 miles) Hope Mills

    Beautiful white sand beaches and water park fun on a 6 acre man made lake. Great fun with the family in North Carolina!

  • MagiQuest

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    (64 miles) Myrtle Beach

    MagiQuest is an indoor, live-action, adventure, role-playing game for kids of all ages. With a magic wand in hand, you'll explore an enchanted kingdom and participate in the ultimate quest as you ...

  • IMAX Discovery Theater

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    (64 miles) Myrtle Beach

    IMAX 3D experience in an attraction that takes you places ordinary movies can't. You'll see stunning, crystal-clear 3D images projecting from an enormous screen, and experience unparalleled sound ...

  • Jungle Rapids Family Funpark

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    (5 miles) Wilmington

    Grand Prix Go-Karts - Alien Invader Laser Tag - Kids Jungle - The Rock Climbing Wall - Jungle Golf - Waterpark

  • Blackbeards Lair

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    (27 miles) Surf City

    An 18-hole miniature golf course, playground, arcade and snack bar. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Carolina

  • Putt Putt White Lake

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    (42 miles) Elizabethtown

    A fun putt putt golf course for the whole family in Elizabethtown, North Carolina!

  • Bear Layne Build A Stuffed Animal

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    (58 miles) Trenton

    Kids will get a hands on experience stuffing their own animal by hand and then enjoying picking out clothing, sounds, and accessories!

  • Hannah's Maze of Mirrors Myrtle Beach

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    (65 miles) Myrtle Beach

    Make your way through a fun and challenging maze of mirrors inside a fairytale land to try and save the princess!

  • Outbreak!

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    (65 miles) Myrtle Beach

    "Dread The Undead!" at this exciting zombie filled experience where you have to rid the world of the Alpha Strain!

  • Ripleys Haunted Adventure

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    (65 miles) Myrtle Beach

    10,000 sq ft of Haunted Adventure in Myrtle Beach, where you can scream as loud as you can...but you might not be heard! Great fun for over 6s at Ripleys

  • Pavilion Nostalgia Park

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    (65 miles) Myrtle Beach

    A collection of classic rides from the Pavilion Amusement Park, like the famous Herschell-Spillman Carousel, Wave Rider, adult and kiddie Pirate Rides, and the Caterpillar, Dune Buggy, Boat and ...

  • Barefoot Landing

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    (66 miles) North Myrtle Beach

    Live shows, big name entertainment and great attractions, including one of the largest reptile parks in the world, a carousel and 7D cinema! An entertaining experience at Myrtle Beach for kids!

  • Hubbs Corn Maze

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    (68 miles) Clinton

    Family farm fun in North Carolina, with activities for all! From mazes, jumping pillows, animals, and pumpkins during the falls festival, to other seasonal activities too!