North Carolina Zoo
This zoo is absolutely beautiful and massive. Definitely bring your walking shoes, but also take advantage of the shuttles that take you to different sections of the zoo. Many animals were out and very visible and active. I particularly loved seeing the African Elephants and the keepers were feeding them carrots and answering guests' questions. Lots of really awesome and interactive habitats for the animals here. It was an amazing day.
We love and enjoy thus zoo so much. Get a year's pass for your family and it will pay for itself on your second trip. Great fun for the whole family, young and old, handicap and stroller friendly. Also ideal for individuals wanting a little exercise with lots of beautifully maintained walking paths. Wonderful variety of creatures and settings from all over the world and lovingly maintained. Lots of food and drink and play areas, too.
I grew up going to the National Zoo in Washington DC so my benchmark for a zoo it's pretty high. The North Carolina Zoo does not disappoint. It's an impressive Institution and there is a tremendous amount to see. Its an impressive institution. There is a tremendous amount to see in this expansive (but not expensive!) park. I've been three times and I still have never visited all the sections. I always get stuck at the giraffe exhibit. Seriously if you've never seen a giraffe up close and personal then you must add it to your bucket list. They are impossibly huge and unlikely and graceful and it's hard to wrap your mind around them but fun to try. You should definitely go during feeding time and giggle like a child as they acacia leaves out of your hands with their purple prehensile tongues!
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 resemble the habitats in which they would be found in the wild. The Park is not only a great place for the animals that live here, but also a great venue for the visitors who come here to see them. The zoo is nestled in the picturesque Uwharrie Mountains, and even though the hills are not high enough to truly to be called mountains, theres definitely some uphill walking involved. The zoo is well designed for foot traffic and has more than five miles of paved walks. The park is divided into two main regions North America and Africa and trams run continuously throughout the day to help expedite movement between the two areas. Guests should allow themselves a minimum of five hours to see the entire park at a comfortable pace.
This zoo is very, very large. If you visit, especially with children, you should plan on walking a LOT. The upside of this is that the NC Zoo contains hundreds of unique exhibits, which means that everyone will find something that they like. Keep in mind that if you visit in summer it will be very hot and humid, and you should be prepared for this. The NC Zoo offers a free shuttle bus to take you from one end of the zoo the other, so if you decide to explore the whole thing you won't need to worry about having to walk back. Multiple playgrounds will entertain children, beautiful gardens will fascinate adults, and the amazing views of gorillas, giraffes, elephants, birds, and bears etc will surely interest everyone! I highly recommend this zoo!