Carolina Raptor Center
- 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 have visited several times over the years. Great place to take kids but maybe wait until they restart their shows. Right now you are just allowed to walk through and see the birds in the enclosures. That is still really cool, but not as fun as interacting with the experts and seeing the demonstrations.
One may not mind little expensive tickets for what this center offers for bird loving little curious minds. We loved every exhibit and specially their fun facts! They have done their +1 wherever they can in addition to as close as they could get with the nature.
This place was amazing! My favorite part was the ravens at the beginning of the trail remembering us as we looped back around to the start. Can't wait to come back on a day they have events. Fair warning- there's a fair bit of bees flying around, although they didn't bother us directly.
Really nice collection of predators, in a nice outdoor trail. My son had complained about not wanting to go but this was forgotten the moment he laid eyes upon a massive golden eagle. The raven near the start/end of the trail is a charming attention hog too!
The trail was well marked. Met a caretaker feeding the birds along the way who was more than happy to answer our questions. A truly enjoyable afternoon.