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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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Neat to see the owls and birds

This is a raptor sanctuary featuring different birds, owls, etc. You walk through a trail... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
buckeyebear25
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Ravenna, Ohio
Fun and educational!

This was really nice, although it was pricey, but it is non-profit. We got to learn bird facts and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
RCohnM
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Chicago, Illinois
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“birds of prey” (28 reviews)
“raptor center” (83 reviews)
“bald eagles” (12 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6000 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078-8491
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+1 704-875-6521
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a raptor sanctuary featuring different birds, owls, etc. You walk through a trail outdoors. It is an easy walk. It was kind of pricey for admission but knowing that the cost helps the animals, I guess that it is understandable. We were there...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was really nice, although it was pricey, but it is non-profit. We got to learn bird facts and even see some up close!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 13-year-old daughter and I both loved our experience. We did not come for an event, we just walked the trail The birds are beautiful and obviously very well cared-for. The enclosures and setting allow visitors to get much closer to a lot of these...More

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind words. We love it that you “get” us and glad that you were able to visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got bored with the birds after a short time. Reading their story was also interesting at first but we would have liked more of a variety of things to do. Walking the grounds was nice but it wasn’t all the well kept. It was...More

Thank Lisa M
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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am sorry that you weren't wowed by our bird collection. Sounds like you weren't able to take advantage of some of our really interesting nose-to-beak programming or that you came at a time when our docents were not conducting activities. Thanks for coming nonetheless....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my 8 year old grandson thinking we would get to see birds of prey up close. Only one vulture was brought out to see. Not allowed to touch it. Most birds are just sitting in big cages looking sad and bored. No place to...More

Thank Patweaver
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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sorry that your experience wasn't what you expected. We don't allow visitors to touch any of our birds, if that is any consolation. We do have one of the largest collections of raptors in the Southeast. Our flight program is scheduled to start the end...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a recent visit to Charlotte to see family, we went to the Raptor center because my son loves eagles. My parents joined us and all of us found the facility to be interesting and a great way to spend a beautiful Carolina day outside....More

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words about our docent Gabby. We have a whole crew of knowledgeable and curious folks as volunteers and staff. Glad you were able to meet one of our humans as you enjoyed the birds and facility. We are inspired every...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

What a delightful discovery the Carolina Raptor Center was! I found myself with an unscheduled day so I looked on Trip Advisor and found this place. My visit was on a Wednesday morning so there were very few other people there. I was able to...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

We brought our scout pack to the Raptor Center for an outing and we had a fantastic time. Our facilitator, Michelle S., was well informed, patient, lively, and fun. The scouts had a great time and everyone learned something. Clearly, this is a place that...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

We spent a pleasant time visiting all the raptors in the park, most if not all of whom had been rescued in the wild after injury, and were unable to be released back into the wild due to being unable to survive there. There is...More

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

Thanks for coming to visit the raptors! We hope to see you again soon! Drop by for a summer flight show starting Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed being able to learn through many educational shows about the raptors and see them up close and in action. Between the the shows we Wales around and got to see many beautiful rescues raptors pretty close up in their habitats

Thank Lauren F
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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thanks for your kind words. Come and see us again soon!

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lagrange79
10 April 2018|
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Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Hello! No, owls don’t like to be petted. We have encounters where you can get nose to beak with some of our birds, but petting isn’t part of the program.
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7245raptor
29 March 2018|
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Response from CarolinaRaptorCenter | Property representative |
Sorry that I am just seeing this. PhotoWILD was sold out by mid-March. We limit each day to 30 participants so that we can ensure a great experience for each photographer. Fall dates are October 13-14.
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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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