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North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro

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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. 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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  • My 9 year old son and I drove to the zoo while staying in Pinehurst. We were very pleasantly surprised! It's a great zoo with lots of animals. Despite the heat the animals were very entertaining. It's...  more »
  • You have to go. Things for all ages. A lot of walking. Take Sun screen, but spray, and water. They charge $3.50 for one bottle of water! The only thing I hated. However, the restrooms are super clean ...  more »
  • Our family spent a wonderful day at the zoo. We parked at the Africa entrance and took the shuttle to North America and worked our way back. The animal habitats were amazing. The animals had plenty of...  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!
  • 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!
  • Really nice zoo, beautiful exhibits and a nice variety of animals. We got the fun pass and enjoyed the 4-D Theatre, the paddle boat, and especially the Dino Bus! The driver was absolutely fantastic and made my experience so much better than it already was. Lots of information available and even though it's the World's Largest Zoo, it only took us a little over three hours to stop and see every exhibit. I had a great time!
  • Went to the wonderful zoo in Asheboro, NC!! I went the day after Memorial Day and this was a good decision because the crowds were minimal. The animals here are happy; you can just tell because they roam in their natural habitat freely. I fed a giraffe on a tree top deck. Oh my God what a beautiful animal!! I love the elephants and got to see them up close! What a treat! These are God's creatures he made them and we are suppose to take really good of them!! I am a senior and got the senior discount plus I have AAA card and got another $2 off of ticket price! Go to the zoo and enjoy your day!! senior discount plus I have a AAA card and got another $2 off ticket price!
  • Bring your walking shoes. The exhibits are big, thus you have to walk a ways between them. A tram is available for strategic point to point. I do not advised using as a primary means of getting around. In my opinion, it is best to ride back after you have walked through the park to get you back to your starting point. Best to arrive in the morning when the animals are active.