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North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 1,000+ 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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  • Visited the largest zoo in the world by size on Oct. 9 and had a wonderful time. Great place for everyone, we five spent 4 hours and did not see all of it. Magnificent zoo. 
  • We took our 3 children to the zoo September 2016. We were only able to see about half of the zoo this day because we took our time, and our kids tired out a bit early due to the heat, but what we did ...  read more »
  • My boys and I arrived at the zoo at 9 am, and didn't finish walking and looking until 1:15! Spent the next 2 hours in the Kidzone. Needless to say they were exhausted by the time we left (awesome!). W...  read more »
  • Variable facilities are available to tourists. But animals are definitely not comfortable here. 4 lions share a tiny courtyard together. Polar bears have to stay outside even the temperature is 90 in summer! There is a cool room with air conditioner, but just for tourists to get educated that polar bears originally from the arctic area. 2 bloodsucking bat stay in dark, but with the entrance door aside which close and open all the time... We bought a bottle water from the vending machine, but didn't get the right change. We asked three staff and no one knows who could solve this issue.
  • I was amazed by how clean and massive this zoo was. With a lot of zoos, you kind of feel bad for the animals because they're normally in small, "caged" habitats. Not this one! The zoo is so spacious, there is a shuttle from one end of the zoo to the next! We actually ran out of time to really stay and explore the "Africa" section, so we'll definitely be going back again. 😊
  • Maybe my expectations were high or it was too hot. It just doesn't compare to Brookfield zoo or even Kansas city zoo. I didn't mind the hilly terrain, but my pregnant wife(8 months) struggled with it combined with the heat that day (94?). They have a safari attraction also (35-50 minutes I think was the span they gave) and Disney world's is 100x better. 1. Disney's is just a ride doesn't cost extra, NCZ cost $20 per person! 2. Way more diverse animals to see3. Entertaining path, NCZ is a loop in a large field. don't have to sign a waiver. 5. More comfortable seating...not much but still. 6. They only go twice a day (11 and 12) Disney's is non stop while it's open.
  • I was not aware of the hilly terrain. I am pretty overweight and was not prepared for all of the hills. I grew up in Columbia, SC and grew up going to Riverbanks Zoo and it is so much better! NCZ is so spread out! We walked 4.5 miles! There aren't that any extravagant exhibits. Not my favorite at all. :-(
  • North America's largest natural habitat zoo. Bring your walking shoes. Tons of things to see and do. I recommend parking at the Africa entrance and getting there early. Once inside start in the back and work your way front as the "safari" animals in the back tend to sleep more later in the day. Don't worry you don't have to walk all the way. Ride the tram from Akiba station to junction terminal. Then your distance is cut in half. Also when you get off, you can go ahead and buy tickets for the carousel at the terminal. A beautiful classic style carousel with a variety of animals to ride. Tickets are just 2 bucks. Make sure to save time to go to the giraffe deck so you can feed the giraffes. After your done in Africa, make your way to North America and see the polar bears, elk, and bison. Make sure to grab some grub as you will be worn out.
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