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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



Weekend Events

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Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

The Case of the Bird Bandit
Memorial Day Weekend through the Month of June

The Case of the Feathered Felon
The Month of July

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

Saturdays at 1 pm and 3 pm
$5 in addition to regular admission*
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.

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 with 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 - Call 704-875-6521 x 107 to register and prepay. Cost is $5 per person (does not include admission fee).

* 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.


New Raptor Encounters - occur every Sunday

(**Must be 7 years or older to participate in Raptor Encounters**)

Behind the Curtain: Flight Show Up Close 
$15/person for members, $30/person for nonmembers
Up to 4 attendees
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. Get ready for a nose to beak experience!
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Eagle Encounter
$15/person for members, $20/person for nonmembers
Up to 4 attendees
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!
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May 24, 2015 at 3 pm - Only two spots left!
Vulture Venture
$15/person for members, $20/person for nonmembers
Up to 4 attendees
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.
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$10/person for members, $15/person for nonmembers
Up to 4 attendees
Participants will learn about the enrichment program at Carolina Raptor Center, make enrichment for a select species, and watch as staff trainers distribute the enrichment and monitor the birds’ interactions.
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***For the health of our birds and your personal comfort, some programs may be moved indoors or cancelled due to weather conditions. If your family is interested in a particular show or presentation, be sure to contact the gift shop at (704) 875-6521 ext. 107 for the most up-to-date information including daily show location and schedule.***

Eagle Research Observatory Tours - January through April

Each nesting season with the laying of Derek and Savannah's first egg, CRC provides donors and the general public with tours of Marcy's Eagle Research Observatory. Up to six guests will spend time learning about CRC's eaglets past, present, and future as well as spend some time observing the eagles in Marcy's Observatory. Cost is $25 per person. Children age 8 and above can participate. Tours are offered at 1:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and will continue until our eaglets are moved to the hack tower. Slots can be reserved in visitor services when you visit on the weekends or by calling 704.875.6521 ext. 107. For tours of more than six people, please call our education dept at 704.875.6521 ext. 210.



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Test your brain at Family Corvidae: Where Human Mythology and Superstition meets Bird Intelligence.

Come and visit our Osprey Observation Deck!

Stroll through Owl Forest!

Learn about All things VULTURE at our Vulture Culture exhibit.

Learn about our medical program with "A Day in the Life of a Raptor Hospital."


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