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Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville

Categories: Science Museums, Wildlife Areas, Museums, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 200+ 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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  • The system is therefore abundant middle in the forest, shadow, everything is in the open. A very nice trail leads through the system. Somehow, the partly huge birds in these small cages do a very sad sight. Not liked our children of school age.
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  • We loved looking at birds from North America and around the world. You can read as much or as little as you want while you walk the well-kept trails. The shade was welcome in the August heat and humid...  read more »
  • We walked around by ourselves first and then also signed up for the behind the scenes tour with Pat and it was terrific!! We learned so much about the birds and the wonderful job all the staff and mos...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Plenty of cool birds and owls to see, nice layout to stroll around, good information at enclosures. The Eagles habitats are closed right now for nesting season, that was a bummer but understandable and we knew it before arriving. The $10 adult admission seems slightly higher than I'd expect after visiting here and comparing to other similar.
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