The wonderful North Carolina Zoo sits tucked away in the small town of Asheboro, NC. Split into two sections, the park is divided between “Africa” and “North America” featuring animals, plant life, and learning material from each area of the world. This great attraction is only 2 hours away and is affordable, educational, and fun!
The southern section of the park is all about Africa and its amazing animals! Immediately upon entering the zoo, you are planted in the African grasslands where there are elephants, rhinos, lions, ostriches and many more. This zoo gives the visitor a rare look into the animal’s natural environment without cages or small confines. Visitors are comforted by the fact that they are able to see all of the animals how they would look naturally.
After visiting the gorillas and aviary field, the Northern side of the park has animals that are closer to home. This side of the zoo features a desert, marsh and honey bee farm! Reptiles are around every corner, and if you’re lucky you may get to see a cougar or grizzly bear. Lastly, once you hit the “Rocky Coast” you will have the awesome chance to check out seals, puffins and a polar bear!
If you are interested in making a day trip to the NC Zoo, the park is open year round except for Christmas Day. From April – October it is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and November – March from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The zoo has many small restaurants and concessions stands for a quick bite to eat. Plan your trip today!
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