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Carolina Raptor Center

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6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
+1 704-875-6521
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Wonderful Bird Experience

The Raptor Center is a great place to enjoy nature and learn about the birds. It is very large with... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
clcline2016
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Nashua, New Hampshire
Wise Owl Says Bring a Full Wallet

While I understand the mission of the Raptor Center, the admission price is somewhat steep... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
Railhistoryfan
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Philadelphia
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Talk a Walk on the Wild Side at Carolina Raptor Center What will you find on your walk around the 3/4 mile Raptor Trail? Over 30 species of raptors and other birds of prey are featured on this walk on the wild side. Owls and Vultures. Hawks and Eagles. Falcons, Corvids and other species that just don't fall into any of these categories. Have you seen a Bald Eagle up close? The Raptor Trail features a nesting pair of Bald Eagles who live out back in the Eagle Aviary. Our Spectacled Owl just can't wait to tell you what she thinks about living here at CRC, but you might have to listen carefully to what she has to say - she's a shy one. Did you know that Vultures and Corvids are some of the smartest birds around. No bird brains here! Lots of human mythology surrounds both of these families of avian brainiacs. Crows have been known to drop nuts into crosswalks so that cars can crack them and then wait for the light to change and retrieve the goodies! Behind the scenes at CRC is our Raptor Hospital, where we see approximately 900 raptor patients a year (please no songbirds or possums!). If you can't make our behind the scenes tour, don't worry, the exhibit "A Day in the Life of a Raptor Hospital" will show you what goes on there - day and night.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

The Raptor Center is a great place to enjoy nature and learn about the birds. It is very large with well-maintained walkways in a wooded area. There are often volunteer docents with exhibits on the trails. Flight shows on weekends are a real treat. There...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

While I understand the mission of the Raptor Center, the admission price is somewhat steep considering what you get. A family of four is $40. The map they provide is tough to follow and the large maps posted around the place have no "You are...More

Thank Railhistoryfan
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

So sorry that your visit wasn't what you had hoped. Unfortunately, you visited on a day when programming had to be cancelled because of a resident bird issue - otherwise you would have enjoyed a free flight show and other offerings. Our pricing is similar...More

Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

My son and I enjoyed a lovely morning here as last bit of fun before school starts. The exhibits are located outside amongst lots of shade trees. They have a great variety of different birds of prey most of the rescues that cannot live in...More

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Glad you all had a great time. The birds hope that your son has a great school year. :-)

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Great little hands on place to take children, especially 3-7. Hands on fun!! My granddaughter loved it!

Thank Adele B
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thanks for the review! We're looking to add more hands on activities this fall, so be on the lookout.

Reviewed 3 August 2017

We stopped after visiting the plantation. I am so glad we did. I learned so much and am so impressed by all they do here! I think the King Vulture was my favorite. I only didn't like the crows as I get enough of them...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We didn't go to the Raptor Center, but we did contact them last week when we found an injured Cooper's Hawk in our yard. The rep was so very prompt to get to our home (sadly, we had to call her twice, as we were...More

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thanks for giving us a call. Hope that your Cooper's Hawk is doing well. Come and see us soon on the Raptor Trail!

Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

What an interesting place, learned more in a couple of hours about these birds than in my previous 63 years, staff and volunteers awesome, make sure you have closed in shoes as the tracks through the bush to the different aviary have loads of huge...More

1  Thank kiwierps
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Glad you had a great time! Unfortunately at this time of year, we do usually have an ant migration. Unlikely to bite you in their zeal to get to a new home, but can be disconcerting! Closed-toe shoes are a great tip, however, and all...More

Reviewed 22 July 2017

We enjoyed seeing all the birds or prey. We also discovered that we had a red tailed hawk in our front yard last summer.

Thank Deana S
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

You might have a return visit from your Red-tailed Hawk! I am sure it was beautiful. Glad you could come and see us on the Raptor Trail. Come back and see us soon.

Reviewed 20 July 2017

They are fascinated by all of the different species, they like my reading the description, then we talk about each Raptor we've seen...and they're learning in the process!

Thank Barbara P
CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Great place for a day of bonding with grandkids of all ages! Thanks for the great review. Hope to see you again soon on the Raptor Trail.

Reviewed 15 July 2017

Go on a day when they are feeding the vultures and at a time when there is a scheduled show. There is seating for the show and they bring the birds out one at a time to fly around the stage and over the audience....More

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

I wish we could air-condition the trails! It has been a particularly hot summer. We are hoping for relief here soon. Hope to see you again this fall on the Raptor Trail. Be on the lookout for our new facility to come on line in...More

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YH112
12 July 2017|
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Response from wiseguys4jc | Reviewed this property |
No more than 2 hours. Depending on how fast you do the center you can finish in 1.5 .If you have kids they will want t play more so then you will be closer to 2. :0)
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Breeanna R
10 April 2017|
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Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Hi Breeanna: Our trail is a hard packed screening gravel trail. The challenge for wheelchairs is that it has erosion control bars throughout that can get a bit bumpy. In terms of grade, it is about 75% flat with the vulture... More
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stevepearson2017
23 January 2017|
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Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Hello! Thanks for your inquiry about Carolina Raptor Center. The full trail walk is 3/4 of a mile. About 75% does not have a grade of over 10%. It is a hard packed trail with small (screening) gravel.
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