Zoos & Wildlife

Carolina Raptor Center

Huntersville, NC

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Address: 6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, USA Number: 704 875 6521 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

It's all about those beautiful birds at the Carolina Raptor Center in North Carolina!

Since the first bird was admitted back in 1975, this dedicated raptor center has spend it's years rescuing and caring for injured birds and preparing them for release back into the wild.

In 2016, the Carolina Raptor Center had released it's 8,000th bird, and took in it's 20,000th. You can see how much amazing work they have done, and now YOU can see it for yourselves!

When you visit the center, it's all about wildlife and nature. Stroll along the nature trail for a self-guided tour throughout their 57 acres, part of the 1,500 acred Latta Nature Preserve. The trail connects you to over 30 species of birds within the natural world, and are designed to capture your imagination and ignite your understanding of the science and natural history of raptors, as well as the science of flight.

Kids can also observe raptors in their aviaries, and make sure you shop in the museum gift shop too!

On weekends, kids can watch a presentation of live raptors or chat with their Wild Wings Educators about your favorite bird of prey.

It's a learning experience all around! Kids can even read personal stories about the resident birds and how they came to live at Carolina Raptor Center, or simply relax on a wooden bench under the tree canopy.

There are approximately 25 different species of raptors for you to see and learn about along the 3/4 mile outdoor nature trail, set up similar to a zoo. Experience educational exhibits like Family Corvidae and Raptors of the Silver Screen, and enjoy the special programs like our Summer Flight Shows.

Also at the Carolina Raptor Center are Kids for Conservation camps, which is an amazing way for kids to continue their education on the important topic of conservation!

Nature, wildlife and conservation are all topics that the kids can immerse themselves in at this important center for raptors, so let's fly our way into the next family day out!

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How much does it cost?






$8 (Over 4 years)


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3 years.


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Additional Information

If you want to help support the center in other ways you can become members, or just donate! Carolina Raptor Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization (tax ID #56-1349170) that relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to advance its mission

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Live Bird Presentations, Meet the Keeper and Trail Trivia Tours, and Vulture Feedings are included in the price of admission. Flight Shows and Behind the Scenes Tours are an additional cost per person

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Where is it at?


From I-77 at Exit 18/WT Harris Blvd Take 77 North to exit 18, W.T. Harris Blvd. At the top of the exit ramp, take a left onto W.T. Harris Blvd. Go 1.6 miles. Take a left onto Mt.Holly-Huntersville Road. Go 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Beatties Ford Road. Go 1.6 miles. Turn left onto Sample Road and head straight into Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Carolina Raptor Center is .7 miles on your left inside the preserve gate.

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Carolina Raptor Center presents all kinds of formal education programs including programs at schools and libraries, programs onsite for classes and groups, and programs at offsite events, like festivals and fairs. Check on their website or call for more details!

Can I get one of those?


The Eagle’s Landing Gift Shop features gifts for children and Carolina Raptor Center branded items to remember your visit. Fifteen local artists have stocked Artists Nook with handmade treasures to grace your home and delight your favorite raptor lover. About 50% of your purchase goes to feed the birds, so enjoy your shopping and know you're money is going to a great cause. You're always welcomed to stop by and shop without walking the Raptor Trail!

Need a little extra help?


The facility is all outdoors along a gravel nature trail with wooden erosion bars throughout. Strollers are fine, but for folks in wheelchairs, it depends on the person. Please use your own judgment based on your loved one's mobility. Unfortunately, because of the terrain associated with our amphitheatre, they are unable to accommodate wheelchairs or strollers at the flight show.

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When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily (March to Oct), then 10am - 5pm Wed - Sat, 12pm - 5pm Sun (Nov to Feb)

Open year round! Closed Mondays & Tuesdays across winter (Nov to Feb)

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