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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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We were very disappointed. As a resident of NC, we were embarrassed that our state had this minimal zoo. There was lots of space and nice wooded areas, but there were hardly any animals. We drove..... more
We were very disappointed. As a resident of NC, we were embarrassed that our state had this minimal zoo. There was lots of space and nice wooded areas, but there were hardly any animals. We drove..... more »
A bit of a drive to get to but this is a big zoo with lots of walking, big exhibits spaced apart so not as much to see. We parked in the Africa entrance. We really enjoyed all the walking but could..... more
A bit of a drive to get to but this is a big zoo with lots of walking, big exhibits spaced apart so not as much to see. We parked in the Africa entrance. We really enjoyed all the walking but could..... more »
Visited for our anniversary weekend. We enjoyed ourselves, but we were super exhausted by the end of the day. You spend most of the time walking uphill, but there are plenty of stops along the way to rest. Bring comfortable shoes! There are places to eat once in the zoo. Don't know how affordable the prices are, since we ate prior to entry. Plenty of charging stations for electric vehicles. We were in the zoo the entire afternoon so it was nice to be able to come back to a charged car. Overall, we enjoyed our experience and look forward to coming back.
Clean& fun. Well guided trails and trams to travel on. Good food is available at multiple spots in the zoo. Bathrooms are set throughout the whole zoo. And in great spots. The animals and environments are well cared for, and so magical to see. Strollers and handicap electric scooters available to rent. It really is worth the trip. And cheap tickets for such a large zoo. Recommended 100% for any age. Also, the paths are all shaded by trees so it's not miserable to walk in the blaring sun.
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