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North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro

(4.3/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit North Carolina Zoo on your holiday in Asheboro, and find out what else Asheboro has to offer, use our Asheboro itinerary builder.
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  • The zoo is really divided in two sections; North America and Africa. The North American section has a renovated polar bear exhibit that is one of the best in the country. They also exhibit seals, rive...  more »
  • I recommend you become a member. The membership can be used at the aquarium and other zoos around the country as well. 
  • Absolutely stunning natural habitat zoo. Lots and lots of lots of walking though. They do have a tram but it only stops at two different locations throughout the zoo. There is a neat little playground...  more »
  • This is an incredible zoo. It is absolutely huge and takes about a day and a half to really tour it thoroughly. The best advice I can offer is to take the tram from North America to Africa and then make your way back to the entrance. The aviary and desert exhibit are world class. The only negatives are the restaurants are often closed and the one that is open is slow. The gift shop appeals mostly to the toddlers and elementary crowds. The wait at the tram station can seam to take forever (20 minutes usually). The summer are very warm and can be unbearable. But I have been going for over 40 years and I can't wait to go back. I love this zoo!
  • The enclosures are huge for the most part - sometimes I I can't even find the animals. Took me three visits to finally see the polar bear! I know people hate on zoos, and some definitely deserve it, but this zoo does a great job providing nice enclosures for the animals and providing fun information and capturing the attention of children - who, if they weren't educated about animals while getting to see them, might not some day care enough to donate and fight for conservation. NC Zoo definitely makes that possible!
  • Very cool! The habitats for the bigger guys like the elephants and rhinoceros were amazing. Since it is a natural habitat zoo with lots of room for animals to roam, it requires a lot of walking. They do have a tram that will take you back and forth, but there's still lots of walking in between. Other than that, very clean and animals didn't seem unhappy.
  • Every staff member was super helpful. Earl the tram driver not only took us exactly where we wanted to go and helped me with my stroller. He also gave us more information about the zoo and fun ideas for what to do when we come back for another visit. "Ice House" who works in the snack bar by the children's playground, was extremely helpful and very polite. I lunch was prepared in no time.
  • Membership is worth the price. This place is HUGE. Exhibits are nice, not very close to animals but I guess that makes it more natural for them. Nice trolly system to get you between continents. Baby changing station in both men and women's bathroom! Plenty of places to eat from, and places to sit if you brought your own food.