North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro

4.4
#1 of 14 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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  • Very nice zoo! Clean, pretty, laid out great. Lots of neat animals to see. Snacks/drinks are expensive, but that is expected. Admission is very reasonable. Would recommend buying tickets online before...  more »
  • My parents and my kids love it. Is great see the animals in their habitat. So clean and organize We came back  more »
  • We were told when we made our plans to travel to the zoo & arriving on Monday the 1st day of Spring break it would be busy & Boy Howdy it was! We had reserved the "private" guided tour & it was sugges...  more »
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  • This place is enormous! I have never seen anything like it. There is so much to do and see, we truly enjoyed everything. Our favorite part of this zoo, was the close encounters. There are barriers but you can have a really good view from different parts of the animal's habitats. We also loved that there so much space for the animals to wonder. My kids were so engaged and excited. Each section built on their eagerness to check out the next! We loved it so much we purchased a family membership. I am so excited to share the experience with my visiting family this summer! If your considering it, just go! Its is worth it!
  • Who doesn't love the zoo?! NC Zoo is the world's largest zoo. It is also a conservation zoo, so it's main goal is not entertaining the public. I worked at the zoo last year and I can honestly say that everyone I worked with is kind, compassionate and they care deeply for our zoo animals. The zoo is a great place to take the family. Start early in the day, if you want a chance to see all of the animal habitats. It can take up to 6 hours to walk the entire park. There are trams in the park to get you to certain points, but you will not see the animals from the tram. NC Zoo is a walking zoo. There are plenty of places to rest your feet and restaurants and gift shops throughout. You will also find free water stations where you can fill your water bottles inside the park. Zoo staff and rangers are very helpful.
  • We love the NC Zoo in the spring and the fall, when temps are not too hot for the copious amounts of walking involved. Even taking the tram, there is a lot of uphill walking for little (and big!) legs. Fortunately, benches are plentiful. The polar bears are our favorite. Feeding schedules are available, so you can be present when many of the animals have meal time. I saw the gorillas fed the other day, and it was to see them charge out for food. The aviary is beautiful and fun for kids to try to spot the different kinds of birds. In addition to animals, there are food options, a playground (outdoor, unfenced), and a kids zone (outdoor, fenced) with a huge are for kiddos to run around and some fun tree bridges. Currently, the zoo only has animals from North America and Africa (so no tigers). Asian animals are supposed to one day be added. In all, a lovely zoo, just make sure you wear your walking shoes.
  • Some exhibits were truly outstanding, like the aviary and the grasslands for the elephants, others like the polar bear and the falcon seemed a bit small for the animal. We went on a Saturday and it was crazy busy, so be prepared for Disney like crowds if you go during peak times. Food was pretty good for lunch, we both had chicken fingers and i was a little surprised at the good quality of the chicken.
  • Love this zoo! I recommend getting a season pass, so you don't feel like you have to see everything in one day. It's really fun to be able to go visit your favorites, even if you only stay a short while.
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