North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro

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#1 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in North Carolina
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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  • The NC Zoo is actually a state park. The animals are so well taken care of. The zoo is set on a rolling hill plain so you need to be able to walk -- it's a beautifully landscaped zoo also. A member of...  more »
  • My husband and I took our 7 year old grandson to camp out at the zoo. The Zoo Snooze was sponsored by UNC Alumni but any groups can do it. We spent the night in the educational building- went on a nig...  more »
  • I love this zoo. It is wonderful. I love the African animals, especially. I also love the bears, mostly the polar bear. I got some beautiful pictures using a zoom lens. I also like the amount of space...  more »
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  • This zoo is AMAZING! It's not just walking through and seeing cage after cage of animals. Every path is tree lined and has beautiful landscaping so it gives lots of shade on hot days. The animals are grouped together by habitat and species. There are wonderful above ground and below ground areas to watch the animals. Plenty of places throughout to get food and drinks. Only thing I'd change is the prices of the food/drinks. A bottle of water is $3.75 and a burger w/fries is $9.50 and up. We've been to zoos across the country and I can honestly say this is one of our top 10 zoos!
  • The NC zoo has a special place in my heart as I grew up with it and am always surprised by how much it continues to improve. This place has all the makings of a world class zoo. Go in the spring or fall as the summer can be grueling walking the entire thing and the winter sees almost half of the habitats closed. The food in the park is remarkably not horrible for park food but you will pay park prices. The excessive walking is necessary as it allows the animals to have plenty of room to roam. If you think the zoo is a little big now just wait. By 2020 it will double in size as they are adding 2 new areas ( Australia and Asian). If you have small children try the dino bus. If you don't... skip it.
  • The zoo is one those rites of passages you have with your children. I took my son and it was a delight but it was hot and a lot of walking. Overpriced gift shop items but that's standard. My.son found a lion he is in love with. So go to zoo. Wear good solid shoes and bring your own snacks. It's a fun time!
  • The zoo was very nice. I really have no complaints other than the size of some of the enclosures. The sand cat enclosure seemed SO small for the animal. There were also hoards of people taking flash photos of the animal and it seemed to be stressing it out. There was a small sign that said no flashes, but everyone was ignoring it. If there were perhaps another sign in front of that exhibit maybe people would see it. Other than that though the zoo is very fun, very long walks, very clean, nice staff.
  • Have been coming here since I was a kid.. Always so much fun! Food is a bit pricey but very good. Pack reusable water bottles and bring your own sunscreen! Plan to be here at least 4 hours! So much to see/do!

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