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Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville

(4.4/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
The most recent addition to the Raptor Trail, the Owl Forest is fashioned after a nature notebook -- featuring areas for art exploration and nature observation as well as seven species of owl.
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  • I spent a couple of hours at the center and learned a lot about raptors. Interesting information displayed on each of the owls, hawks, vultures, etc housed at the center. You can get a close up view o...  more »
  • Took advantage of a free visit for Arts and Science Council day. Beautiful facility to visit and learn about raptors and their rehabilitation. Well maintained trails and aviaries. Educational meet and...  more »
  • Excellent experience! Very nice trails. Very educational. Nice gift shop to visit. The owls are really neat. Very much worth the visit!  more »
  • For our wedding, we wanted to invest in a cause that would represent our love of nature and embody our unity ceremony. Carolina Raptor Center’s “Release-a-Raptor” program offered us this unique opportunity by sponsoring a rehabilitated bird of prey. From our initial contacts with CRC staff, they were eager to work with us to see a bird released on our behalf. Once it was determined that a Great Horned Owl would be ready for release, the staff made us feel a part of the process by sharing the bird’s recovery story and medical history with us. On the day of our wedding, trained CRC staff brought the bird to the venue, gave us the honor of releasing it into the wild, and stayed for sometime afterwards to answer questions from our guests. The staff was professional, prompt in communicating, and accommodating. The release was the highlight of our wedding and we hope it inspires others for this great cause.
  • They have some really cool birds here......if they LET you see them. Firstly, this place used to be free to the public. Now, they charge $10 for admittance (if not a student or military), which is a bit excessive for a place like this. Secondly, you have to pay an extra $5 to see "Flight Shows", which is a two-part problem. The first part is you have to pay extra for this in the first place; the second part is they do two shows a day, 2 hours apart, and close the pavilion for 30 minutes before and after each show. Meaning, if you don't pay extra for the flight show, there is a ~3 hour window in the afternoon where you will not be able to see all of the birds because they do not put them back out until all shows are done. We were also treated obnoxiously by one of the volunteer bird handlers when we were looking at the Barn Owl cage, which unannounced to us, were being used in the flight show and not just hiding in their boxes. There were also no demonstrations on the trail with the birds as promised. They also closed the pavilion 10 minutes earlier than they were supposed to, and so we missed yet another glimpse at another specimen used in the next upcoming show. We won't be back.
  • The Raptor Center has an awesome variety of birds and incredible programs that allow you to get up close with these amazing animals. They also do tremendous work picking up injured raptors, rehabilitating and releasing these birds back into the wild. Great place that everyone should visit!!!!
  • Visiting from NJ, this was the first place we went to. There were no other people in the center but me, my wife, and two kids. I felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. It was a Wednesday. It was a beautiful sunny and warm spring day. Well, warm for New Jersey standards this time of year. About 60 degrees at the time. The trees were full of leaves. Unlike in NJ where all the trees are still bare and leafless. Very depressing. I thought the exhibits were nice. As you walk through, you get the feeling of hiking through a forest. The exhibits are well blended into the natural surroundings. At first, the kids were excited until they started walking into inch warms and their webs as they hung from trees. They were all over. My son was okay with that but my daughter became creeped out about all the inch warms hanging from the trees. We had to cut our trip short because she was so bothered about all the hanging inch warms. Other than the inch warm issue, I have no complaints. The center appears to be well maintained. You get to see some amazing birds you don't get to see very often if ever at all. It makes for a nice day out if you can handle walking into hanging inch warms and the uncomfortable feeling of web on your face. Maybe the inch warm infestation is isolated to the time of year. A few inch warms hitched a ride on me. I was finding them crawling on me hours later.
  • The raptor center was a nice afternoon tour. It is a beautiful setting and it is really cool to see the raptors up close. The center does a nice job of providing additional information about each species to read along the trail.