Summer Flight Shows

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Educator Kate Olukalns works with Willow, the Barn Owl, during the Talons Summer Flight Show. Photo by Joe Amodeo.

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Flight Shows are done this summer. Check back here in the spring for more information about next summer's Flights of the Forest.

Taking Flight at the Summer Flight Show: Flights of the Forest

Carolina Raptor Center's high flying, gravity defying summer flight show features CRC’s trainers putting our native and exotic birds through their paces in free flight. Experience the whoosh of feathers over your head. Learn about the natural history, habitat and natural behaviors of birds of prey. Interact with birds as you never have before.  Owls, vultures, hawks and falcons are the stars in this show.

Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won't miss the show. Tickets can be reserved online until midnight the night before the show and in the Visitor Center until 40 minutes before the show begins. Gates to amphitheatre open 30 minutes before show time for ticketed patrons. At 12:45 pm, Carolina Raptor Center reserves the right to "fill the amphitheater" with unticketed patrons. Our goal is for everyone to see the flight show this summer; after all, it's FREE!

Unfortunately, due to the terrain and flight paths of the birds at our amphitheatre, we can only accommodate one wheelchair. Electric/power chairs have a very difficult time navigating our trail system, so please consider that before you book your experience. Strollers are not permitted in the amphitheatre -- please park your ride outside! There are only 80 seats per show, so make sure to reserve your tickets in advance.


Flights of the Forest 
Weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day
Saturday: 11 am and 1 pm
Sunday: 11 am
FREE with regular Raptor Trail admission
Reserve your seat when you purchase admission in advance.

Non-Member Flight Show Registration   CRC Member Flight Show Registration




Heat Index Procedure and Guideline

When the heat index is over 95 degrees CRC will cancel all bird appearances, flight shows, and encounters. If you purchase tickets in advance, someone from our Visitor Services team will contact you directly about the cancelation. If you have any questions about this, please call our Visitor Center at (704) 875-6521 x.107. Please check our website the day of your visit for the most recent changes in program and event schedules.

Why do we cancel shows in the heat? More info.

Service Animal Guidelines

We do not allow service animals in the amphitheatre during flight shows. Please review our service animal guidlines for more information.