North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro

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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  • This is really an amazing zoo and we're so fortunate to have it here in NC (practically in my backyard). Zoo is very well kept and no doubt the residents are treated like royalty. Lots of new...  more »
  • Arrived and the signs directing us were very confusing. We were 7 minutes early and the lady @ ticket booth made a big deal out of being admitted before assigned time. no instructions/signage of...  more »
  • They talk a good talk: masks required for entry, only 100 groups allowed each 30 minutes, one-way trails. And all the indoor exhibits are closed. But there’s no enforcement. Once inside, many...  more »
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  • My family and I really enjoyed this experience. All parts were fun, exciting, and amazing. My two young children where bright eyed with wonder at the different and amazing animals that were on display. Unfortunately on our trip the giraffes were being love bugs, so we didn't get to experience that.which is fine , cause animals will be animals. (it just means we will have to go back :) Which is certainly okay with us ) The only thing that makes me give four stars instead of five, is that we spent a lot of money (per person, including the children) to take a behind the scenes tour. While I understand the staff has no control of other peoples children, there were children that where unruly and not following the instructions of staff. This made it difficult for my family to sit together. Separating us from enjoying the ride as a family. As well as my elderly grandmother was hurt in the process from the children jumping from seat to seat after the ride was over. requiring us to ask for golf cart assistance to get back to the main gate. Maybe next time they can limit the amount of children per adult or address that children need to sit with their adult or just address the unruly children and lack of care themselves. Other than that it was a great experience and we will definitely be back in the future.
  • North Carolina is lucky to have such an amazing zoo! It has such beautiful landscapes! There is a lot of shade on the walking paths and the tram/shuttle service within the park is nice! The bathrooms are clean and they even have a nursing area at both the Africa and North America entrances! The animals are well taken care of and have so much room to roam! We went at the end of October and all of the animals were active! It is a must see if you live in NC or if you are visiting!
  • I loved this zoo. It was a hot day, and I am so thankful for the trams. My (now ex) boyfriend brought me to NC Zoo as a long day date and it was really just perfect. Lots of shady spots to stop and sit and watch the animals while talking. While its programs and general ambiance is clearly meant to appeal to children, there is plenty for the child-free to enjoy as well.
  • Most of the animals love in nice, large enclosures. The path through the zoo is quite a good hike over gentle rolling hills. Lots of nature and native trees abound. The mixed African animals exhibit is big and beautiful, including small herds of some very rare and special species. A very pretty zoo, just plan for a long walk if you want to see it all.
  • Fantastic fun for all ages. I’ve enjoyed going to the NC Zoo since I was a child and I’m glad to now share my love of the zoo with my nephew! The enclosures are always well maintained and there is a good variety of animals to be seen. The rural setting also helps to gain a felling of isolation from the hustle and bustle of the city. I highly recommend the zoo for anything from family gatherings to dates to school field trips.

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