North Carolina Zoo’s
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher,
Kure Beach North Carolina
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach, NC at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Visitors journey along “The Waters of the Cape Fear” – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean.
The Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina’s ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments.
The North Carolina Aquariums are a division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The Aquariums are accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. year-round
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Now open New Year’s Day!
Adults (Ages 13-61): $10.95
Seniors (Ages 62 and older): $9.95
Children (Ages 3-12): $8.95
Ages 2 and younger and NC Aquarium Society Members: FREE
Visit there website for full details www.ncaquariums.com
North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro North Carolina
Located about 75 miles west of Raleigh in Asheboro, N.C. Zoo is nationally recognized as one of the nation’s finest zoos. Visit the North Carolina Zoo for fun with family and friends, for face-to-face animal encounters, to enchant and educate children or perhaps to enjoy the glorious gardens. Connect with wildlife from two different continents as you explore 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats. Walk from Africa’s grasslands to North America’s Arctic coast. Learn how the Zoo works to conserve and protect wild things and wild places.Escape to the forests and streams of North Carolina’s beautiful Central Piedmont. Located at the foot of the Uwharrie Mountains, the Zoo is just outside the charming southern town of Asheboro.Discover more than 1,600 animals and 52,000 plants along five miles of shaded pathways.
April – October
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
November – March
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Senior: 62+ $13.00
Child: 2-12 $11.00
Children Under 2 Free
Visit there website here for full details. www.nczoo.org
Western North Carolina Nature Center, Asheville, North Carolina
The Nature Society, now known as the Friends of the WNC Nature Center was formed in March 1975, and together with Center staff developed the Nature Centers mission: To educate the public to the natural history and ecology of the Southern Appalachians. The Friends serve as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the Nature Center. With a “hands on” Nature Lab and Educational Farm with petting area, children are invited to touch a corn snake, hold a turtle, or feel angora, pre-sheared.
All of our animals have been injured or are imprinted on people and cannot be returned to the wild. The new habitats are examples of future care, gone are the days of cages and bars. As time passed the Center gradually became a sanctuary for the animals who had been “pets” (like the cougars, bobcats and raccoons) or raised from a program to save a species for reintroduction (such as the red wolves). Many of the Nature Center staff are recognized as regional specialists and serve as consultants to zoos and other wildlife habitats. The staff has done a superb job in helping to make the Western North Carolina Nature Centers one of the best of its kind in the country.
Open 7 days a week:
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Seniors (65 & over) – $9.95
Youth (3-15) – $6.95
2 and younger free
Visit there website here for full details www.wncnaturecenter.com