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Capture your Imagination in Flight!

Carolina Raptor Center is located at 6000 Sample Road in Huntersville, NC, inside Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Enjoy the over 25 species of raptors living along our 3/4 mile Raptor Trail with a self-guided tour. Explore our raptor hospital with a behind the scenes tour, see our summer flilght show, and get up-close-and-personal with our residents during Raptor Encounters. Come visit, come learn, come be amazed! Carolina Raptor Center is closed on Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday.

ADMISSION
$10 Adults
$8 Seniors (65+)/Military/Teachers
$6 Students
Free for members and
children 4 and under

SPRING/SUMMER HOURS
March 1 - October 31
Monday-Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
 
WINTER HOURS
November-February
CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
 

CRC Weekend Offerings

Saturday
12:30 Vulture Feeding 
Vultures are smart! Come see them play with their food at our weekly vulture feeding presented by our knowledgeable docent volunteers.
 
Raptor meet and greets and trail activities! 
 
Sunday
Raptor meet and greets and trail activities! 
 

 

Special Weekend Programs

Want to visit CRC's hospital? Check out our monthly Behind the Scenes Tour! 

Behind the Scenes Tours*
1st Weekend of each month that's FULL
Saturdays at 2 pm and Sundays at 12:30 pm
$5 + regular admission
Tour our education trail, our raptor hospital and enjoy sights not generally open to the public. 
*must be 6 or older to participate. Not ADA accessible. 
 
Purchase advanced tickets now! 
 

CRC's Exlusive Flight Show
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
$5 per person + regular admission prices
 
Purchase advanced tickets for May!

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Purchase advanced tickets for June!
 
 
 
 
 
Carolina Raptor Center's high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features our native and exotic birds in free flight. Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won't miss the show. Tickets will be sold up until 10 minutes before the show begins. Gates to amphitheatre open 30 minutes before show time. Unfortunately, due to the terrain and flight paths of the birds at our amphitheatre, we can only accommodate one wheelchair. Strollers not permitted in amphitheatre. 
 

Raptor Encounters
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
Each encounter is meant to be an intimate experience, which is why the groups are so small. 
Must be 6 or older to participate. Not ADA accessible. 
 
Eagle Encounter: (limited to 4 participants)
$15 members, $20 non-members 
Learn about CRC's resident bald and golden eagles, step inside our eagle aviary, tour our Eagle Research Observatory to learn about nesting season, and meet one of CRC's eagle ambassadors up close and personal!
 
Behind the Curtain: Flight Show up Close(limited to 4 participants)
$15 members, $30 non-members 
Learn what it takes to get a bird flight show ready. CRC’s staff trainers will talk to participants about the ins and outs of training using positive reinforcement while flying some of our flight team stars.
Purchase advanced tickets for May!
 
Purchase advanced tickets for June!
 
Vulture Venture(limited to 4 participants)
$15 members, $20 non-members 
Participants will learn all about vultures and conservation of their species worldwide as they walk with one of CRC's resident vultures in a training session using positive reinforcement techniques. Hang out with our Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, and King Vulture!
Purchase advanced tickets for May!
 
Purchase advanced tickets for June!
 
Raven Rendezvous: (limited to 2 participants)
$15 members, $30 non-members 
Learn why enrichment and training are so important for  some of our smartest residents, the corvids, and experience a painting session with one of our artists in residence, Common Raven Diaval. Participants will go home with their very own raven painting!
Purchase advanced tickets for June!
 
Hawk Hang Out(limited to 4 participants)
$15 members, $30 non-members 
Get nose to beak with hawks and falcons as you watch a flight training session and have an up close experience with one of our raptor residents!
Purchase advanced tickets for June!
 

Exhibits Now Showing

Take a walk through Vulture Culture and learn more about the mysterious creatures that are so crucial to our ecosystem. 

 

The Owl Forest: A Nature Notebook is sure to be a hoot that everyone can enjoy. Walk through the trees to spot your favorites or stop by The Owl Forest Artist Center to draw your experience. 

 

A Day in the Life of a Raptor Hospital takes you step-by-step through our rehabilitation process at Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center. This hand on exhibit gives you a closer look at CRC's true passion. 

 

The Betty J. and J. Stanley Livingston Eagle Aviary are home to our resident Golden and Bald Eagles. During nesting season you can get a closer look at Savannah and Derek from the Marcy's Eagle Research Observatory deck. 

 

The Physics of Flight exhibit takes guest into the air to showcase the bird’s ability to fly at extreme altitudes, speeds, and environments. 

 

Measuring Wonder through your experience at CRC! Take a quick survey that measures your experience based on how you view CRC. This exhibit will help us improve our facility to impact guests in a positive way! 


 

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