North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro

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#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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  • I visit this place quite often due to my pure love for the zoo. The animals are taken care of EXTREMELY well, the paths are easy to walk and are free of any sort of clutter, the animals are encouraged...  more »
  • The North Carolina Zoological Park was the first American zoo designed from its inception with the idea of providing “natural habitats” for the animals, exhibiting them in large compounds that would r...  more »
  • NC Zoo is a wonderful place to visit. Great care is taken to put the animals in an environment similar to their natural one, and it's obvious that they are well-cared for. The variety of animals is qu...  more »
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  • A great visit via the membership. I would advise to bring food and eat it later at picnic tables. Nice to get discount in shops. Use of buses and trams are a nice feature. Awesome when the animals are out and doing things. Places for kids to play and be creative.
  • The North Carolina Zoo is a wonderful and beautiful experience. It is a place for the whole family. You will find animals from different parts of the world. It is designed in such a way so that people can enjoy their visit by going to all the world areas such as Africa, North America, etc. Be ready to walk a lot because it's located in a big zone. You need to arrive early to enjoy your staying.
  • Honestly I’m gonna be brutally honest this zoo isn’t very good. Service is decent but it had its moments where you tell the workers did not want to be there. I’m not trying to compare this to Aloha zoo which is family owned but that place sleeps on this zoo. Animals are actually active over there and you interact with them. Animals here were very inactive and u can tell they aren’t too excited ever. Not that they are abused but not nourished. Also all these other comments are probably made by the company because I’m not a cheap penny pincher but everything there is overpriced. It costed 3.25 for water. We even put a 5 in the machine and it only gave us a quarter back. Also not trying to hate but even the walking sucked, the trails are up and down though they are clean but they are small and crowded. Also it’s so crowded it can be hard for kids to see. Positives -clean -big -lots of different species - organized -trams -honestly sat here for 5 minutes trying to think of more nice things, but couldn’t. :( Negatives -inactivity of animals -inactivity of workers -lots of walking -prices of beverages and food -crowded -no interaction with animals -animals don’t seem thrilled ever
  • We love the NC Zoo! It is a great way to spend the day and totally exhaust the kids! The staff at the NC Zoo go above and beyond for a pleasant and educational experience! It is a wonderful place to visit. Great care is taken to put the animals in an environment similar to their natural one, and it's obvious that they are well-cared for. This zoo is easily accessible from both Raleigh and Charlotte.
  • A LOT of walking! Very beautiful & hilly. If you are in or pushing a wheelchair be mindful of the hills. They are very steep. We were pushing our daughter who weighs around 200 lbs & this was a challenge. The zoo has a free bus shuttle that will take you around the outskirts but to see the animals you have to walk. Plan on spending the day. We went in February & the only food source open was in North America but there were drink machines around. It had been 20 + years since we had visited & back then the main entrance was Africa, which wasn't open when we went. Although you could still see the African animals it's a long walk all around. The animal enclosures that were there 20 years ago haven't changed, even the Aviary is the same. But there are more animals & twice the size. The Zoo staff are amazing! Each one we came across were very helpful & went out of their way to make our experience enjoyable. For young kids, & those young at heart, the Harbor Seals will fully entertain you!
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