Carolina Rapter Center
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Welcome to Carolina Raptor Center!

We can't wait for you to see what's in store here at CRC. Check out the FAQ's below for some basic visitation information, then use our Event Calendar to plan your visit!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is there to see at CRC?

We have approximately 25 different species of raptors for you to see and learn about along our 3/4 mile outdoor nature trail, set up similar to a zoo. Experience educational exhibits like Family Corvidae and Raptors of the Silver Screen, and enjoy our special programs like our Summer Flight Shows. Find out what events are going on when on our Events Calendar here.

We are a non-profit organization whose operations support the rehabilitation and release of over 900 raptors each year, as well as the education of about 80,000 children and visitors in the Charlotte region.

Where are you located?

CRC is at 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078. Contact us at (704) 875-6521.

What are your hours?

We are open from 10 AM-5 PM Monday-Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sundays.


Please note that the Eagle Aviary closes at 4pm daily.

What kinds of special programs are there to see?

Lots! Programming varies by season. Learn about all the different programs we offer here. See a calendar of when programs are offered here.

How much does it cost?

Our admission is as follows:

$10 adults
$8 seniors 65+, educators with a valid ID, and active military
$6 for students, including college students with a valid ID
FREE for kids 4 and under

Meet the Raptors, Trail Trivia Tours, and Vulture Feedings are included in the price of admission. Flight Shows and Behind the Scenes Tours are an additional $5 per person per show, or $7 for both. Check our calendar for scheduled times.

Does the admission price include admission to other places within Latta Plantation Nature Preserve?

Every organization inside the park is its own separate organization. Admisson to CRC does NOT apply at other organizations, and their admissions don't apply here. We DO offer a $2 discount to guests who have been to the Historic Latta House.

Can I bring my wheelchair or stroller?

Our facility is all outdoors along a gravel nature trail with wooden erosion bars throughout. Strollers are fine, but for folks in wheelchairs, it depends on the person. Please use your own judgment based on your mobility. Unfortunately, because of the terrain associated with our amphitheatre, we are only able to accommodate one wheelchair at the flight show. Strollers are not permitted in the amphitheatre area. Please call the Visitor Center at (704) 875-6521 ext. 107 if you need to know more. We DO NOT have wheelchairs on site to use.

Can I bring my dog?

For the safety of our birds, our guests, and your pet, animals are prohibited inside the center. We do make exceptions for service animals accompanying their handler.

Can we handle the birds?

Handling raptors is dangerous and requires extensive training. If you want to get up close and personal with the birds, check out our Keeper for a Day program!

Does my membership to another organization apply at CRC?

We have reciprocity with organizations that are ANCA members. We are NOT affiliated with Discovery Place or the North Carolina Zoo.

Can I keep feathers that I find?

It is a felony to possess any part of a raptor, so collecting feathers or anything else you might find on our trail is strictly prohibited. We do sell owl pellets in the gift shop if you want to take home a unique, natural souvenir!

I have an expired coupon! Can I still use it?

Unfortunately, we do not honor expired coupons. If you have a coupon you know is about to expire, please stop by and we will be happy to exchange your coupon for passes to be used at any time. 


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