Carolina Raptor Center
- Open Now
- 10AM-12:30PM, 1:30PM-4PM
Carolina Raptor Center is a living museum, dedicated to the conservation of birds of prey. Located in Latta Plantation Nature Preserve on 57 acres, the 3/4 mile Raptor Trail is home to over 25 species of native and exotic raptors -- hawks, falcons, eagles, merlins, kites and vultures.
I didn't get the option to see a show. You are also very far from most birds so you need a good camera. Prices in the gift shop is robbery.... I saw an awesome owl jewelry box but it was priced at $48 so I decided not to purchase it. I went online later on and found the exact same one size and all for $18. Not sure why they would charge so much over. I do for $10 over but $30????? The map was a little confusing. The only reason why I gave the 3 stars was because there was an older gentleman walking around and he was EXTREMELY helpful and knowledgeable with any questions you may have and they did have some AWESOME BIRDS... just very far away... I do understand safety reasons for distance with the birds but it was disappointing.
A nice walk through a forested trail with about 30 enclosures of raptors and other species. We went in the morning (July) when relatively cool, but trail is shaded throughout. Easy walking trails. Good, informative signage on each species. The app gave additional good info. Info is all natural history with no info on the raptor hospital or rehab. Bathrooms and small gift shop, picnic tables by parking area. Website said to reserve/call ahead, but we did not (group of 13). Younger kids (2 - 16 y.o) went through in
Amazing facility! Brilliantly presented and educational! Charming staff, and well worth the ticket price! Even in the hottest months the experience is wonderful because everything is shaded.
Self guided tour. It had some pretty cool birds, but a fair number of empty cages. Takes about 30-45 minutes to make it through with 3 kids (2, 6, and 8). The kids got bored and were ready to head out pretty quickly. They had good information and bird origins on most of the birds, so that was good for the older kids and adults.
This is truly a golden find when wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. While you're at it you learn a lot about raptor birds! Have a picnic at the tables available in the nature parking area which is wonderfully shaded.