Carolina Rapter Center
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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. Please click here for our trail map. Explore our raptor hospital with a behind the scenes tour. Have a conversation with a magpie. Come visit, come learn, come be amazed! Carolina Raptor Center is closed on Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday.

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


March 1 - October 30
Monday-Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm


October 31 - February 28
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

 CRC Exclusive Events


July 9- Home Brew Challenge.. "You can make beer at home?!"
July 16- Migration Routes.. "We're not from around here!"
July 23- Raptor RX.. "UH-OH something's broken."
July 30- Raptor 101.. "Wait, what's a raptor again?"
August 6- Mating Habits.. "Hubba-hubba!"
August 13- Bird IDing.. "I knew that's what I saw!"

Each theme has specific activities for adults and kids to expand your knowledge of raptors. We have special gifts for all first time guests that allow you to save money on tickets for the next event. Each guest will receive a rewards card that will be punched each time they come to Eats, Beaks, and Brews. Once you've attended 4 out of the 6 events, your card is entered into a raffle! Each date is a hyperlink for advanced ticket sales - take advantage of the savings!


Weekend Events

Talons: Raptor Scene Investigation ***15021 WFAE Web advertising
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

$5 per person

*Purchase Combo Tickets Now and Attend Talons: RSI & Behind the Scenes for $7! 
August Advanced Tickets Coming Soon
*On the First FULL Weekend of the month during flight show season -- CRC offers a package deal. $7 to attend both Behind the Scenes and Flight Show - subject to availability.


The Case of the Plumed Pilferer
The Month of August through Labor Day Weekend

Carolina Raptor Center's high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features our native and exotic birds in free flight. Follow the cules to solve a different case each month this summer. 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.

*** With the increasing temperatures, CRC cannot perform Talons: RSI, Meet the Raptor, or certain Raptor Encounters when the Heat Index is 95 or over. We apologize for this inconvenice and will fully refund any tickets purchased ***

Yearly Programs

Meet the Raptors
Saturdays at 11 am
Sundays at 2 pm
Free with regular admission
Docent volunteers present 2-3 species of birds on glove and discuss the natural history of featured birds in our Festival Area.

Vulture Feeding
Saturdays at 12:30 pm
Free with regular admission
Vultures are smart! Come see them play with their food at our weekly vulture feeding presented by our knowledgeable docent volunteers.

Docent Offering
Saturdays at 2 pm
Sundays at 12:30 pm
Free with regular admission
Information Station, Trail Trivia Tour

Weekend Experiences

Behind the Scenes Tours - 1st FULL Weekend of each month
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. Please sign up in the Visitor's Center as space is limited -

Purchase Advanced Tickets Now!
August Advanced Tickets Coming Soon
*On the First FULL Weekend of the month during flight show season -- CRC offers a package deal. $7 to attend both Behind the Scenes and Flight Show - subject to availability.



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