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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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Cool place on hot summer day

Nice woodsy walk through live raptors and owl exhibits. They also have meet and greet stations... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cynh54
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Reading, Pennsylvania
Bald eagles were highlight

I dragged my husband and 12 year old daughter here. I enjoyed seeing exotic birds of prey even... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Karen J
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Newport Beach, California
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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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  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“bald eagles” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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 2 days ago

Nice woodsy walk through live raptors and owl exhibits. They also have meet and greet stations that certain birds are brought out for close up view. Great for the family or any bird or nature lover to enjoy.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I dragged my husband and 12 year old daughter here. I enjoyed seeing exotic birds of prey even though they were in their cages. Many have been there for more than 10 years and can no longer survive in the wild. Others are released after...More

Thank Karen J
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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Karen. We don't have any baby eagles, so you did not miss that singular experience. We are working on making our behind the scenes tour really great, so it is not available right now, ether. If you come on the weekend, you can see...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

There isn't too much to the facility but it is such a good cause you need to go by just to help support them and donate a few dollars. Hawks, eagles, vultures and some other birds of pray can be seen up close.More

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

We can't wait to open our new facility in two years. I think you will find it very exciting. You should also try us on the weekend where we have a whole host of nose to beak experiences and a summer flight show. Hope to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is really neat. We say a variety of hawks, eagles, vultures and owls. The location is shaded so it was cool in the trees. Lots of mosquitos. Good for kids and adults.

Thank Barb H
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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad you had a great time in the woods with birds! Wish we could control the mosquitoes. Hope to see you back soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a nice place to see some birds of prey. You can see all the birds in about an hour walking leisurely through the facility. The best part was the Birds of Flight demonstration where falcons, owls, and vultures fly within foot of your...More

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your kind words. We've got some new birds online to join our flight programming as the summer progresses, so come back later in the summer to meet the new birds!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to take my youngest son there for his birthday. He loved it! We were able to see all the birds (although we would have loved to see the Golden Eagle a little closer - he was inaccessible due to being in a enclosure...More

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

Great news. We just opened the trail so that you can see the Golden Eagle much better. Sorry that you were unable to see him when you visited. Next time she will be RIGHT THERE.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife loves owls so we had to see for ourselves. Quite a few different types of owls along with other birds. Hawks, falcons, bald eagles, vulchers. Great for kids. They had a huge group of kids that were just finishing up. Interactive stuff for...More

Thank ricks39
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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad you had a great time. All of our birds also have some kind of superpower! Come back again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Okay, all the birds which are here to see are interesting and beautyfull, however, they are locked in cages and some of them do not look very happy, but I could be wrong. There is no possibility to wat h them fly in demonstrations or...More

1  Thank Hans V
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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback. Today is the opening day of our summer season with lots of chances to see birds on the glove and in flight. We hope you can come again for that part of our program.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m a bit in two minds about this center; i know that a lot of the birds there are “handicapped” and can’t fly properly anymore and wouldn’t stand a chance in the wild. They also shelter, nurse and return birds to the wild, so thumbs...More

Thank Monique E
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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good news, Monique. We are about to break ground on a new facility that will have brand new enclosures and more opportunities to see birds outside their cages. The new Raptor Center should be on line in about 14-18 months. All of our enclosures comply...More

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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

We went on a Tuesday morning and we were the only guests! The trail was In the shade so it felt super nice out! Lacked 5 stars because a lot of the birds were on “vacation”

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CarolinaRaptorCenter, Manager at Carolina Raptor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Thanks for your kind words! We’re doing some sprucing up after a difficult winter season, but birds will be back from vacation 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
30 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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