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



Weekend offerings - Starting Memorial Day Weekend - May 25, 2013

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Memorial Day Weekend 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. Learn about raptors from across the globe, what makes them special and what dangers they face. 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.

Other Docent Offerings:
Trail Trivia Tours - focus on different species each week 
Second and Fourth Saturdays at 2 pm and Sundays at 12:30 pm
Free with regular admission

***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.***

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.

Eagle Research Observatory Tours - Jan-April - 2013 Season has just begun!
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.

Exhibits Now Showing

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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