North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro

4.4
#1 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in North Carolina
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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  • Very nice zoo! Clean, pretty, laid out great. Lots of neat animals to see. Snacks/drinks are expensive, but that is expected. Admission is very reasonable. Would recommend buying tickets online before...  more »
  • My parents and my kids love it. Is great see the animals in their habitat. So clean and organize We came back  more »
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  • This place is enormous! I have never seen anything like it. There is so much to do and see, we truly enjoyed everything. Our favorite part of this zoo, was the close encounters. There are barriers but you can have a really good view from different parts of the animal's habitats. We also loved that there so much space for the animals to wonder. My kids were so engaged and excited. Each section built on their eagerness to check out the next! We loved it so much we purchased a family membership. I am so excited to share the experience with my visiting family this summer! If your considering it, just go! Its is worth it!
  • Who doesn't love the zoo?! NC Zoo is the world's largest zoo. It is also a conservation zoo, so it's main goal is not entertaining the public. I worked at the zoo last year and I can honestly say that everyone I worked with is kind, compassionate and they care deeply for our zoo animals. The zoo is a great place to take the family. Start early in the day, if you want a chance to see all of the animal habitats. It can take up to 6 hours to walk the entire park. There are trams in the park to get you to certain points, but you will not see the animals from the tram. NC Zoo is a walking zoo. There are plenty of places to rest your feet and restaurants and gift shops throughout. You will also find free water stations where you can fill your water bottles inside the park. Zoo staff and rangers are very helpful.

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