Spread out across 810 hectares (2,000 acres), North Carolina Zoo is the largest walk-through zoo in the world. More than 1,600 animals from more than 250 species, split into an Africa and North America section, live here. The African habitat houses such creatures as ostriches, elephants, gorillas, and lemurs, while the North American part hosts alligators, bears, sea lions, the largest collection of Alaskan seabirds in the country, and much more. Don't miss the critically acclaimed aviary, with free-flying birds in tropical rainforest conditions. The zoo makes getting around easy, thanks to 8 km (5 mi) of walking paths, as well as trams and air-conditioned buses. Lines for the trams and buses can be long, so wear comfortable shoes. Take a look at our Asheboro trip planner to schedule your visit to North Carolina Zoo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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A beautiful day, a wonderful zoo, and CROWDS! As always, the North Carolina Zoo is one of the best in the nation to visit. But the day we chose, a Friday in April when we thought there would be few.... more
A beautiful day, a wonderful zoo, and CROWDS! As always, the North Carolina Zoo is one of the best in the nation to visit. But the day we chose, a Friday in April when we thought there would be few.... more »
A beautiful experience! While it isn't a large zoo in a busy metropolis, it is extremely well laid out and very clean. The animals have very large, beautiful enclosures to roam and are very well cared for. There is a maze of paved walkways that run throughout the zoo and handy trams to hop on when needed. The walkways meander through trees making it comfortable with shade even on hot days. Water bottle fill up stations are located throughout the zoo as are handy restrooms and food stops. There is a wonderful kids zone with a super cool tree house, an area for setting up a pretend sand restaurant and a stone maze. Fun animal feedings scheduled throughout the day. Interesting info booths are set up with staff sharing about animal care and behavior. A pleasurable experience and a great way to get exercise and fresh air! Staff is great too! North Carolina should be proud of this zoo!
I love animals, but seeing them happy even though they are captive is one of my very first observations when I visit zoo's. I loved the amount of space each animal had, the attention to details and needs of each individual animal. The structures around the whole park were so pretty. There is a bus that can take u from park to park which is nice since it is quite of bit of walking. We went on a very hot sunny day and I was pleasantly happy with how many shaded areas there are. Loved this experience!!
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