Carolina Zoos

Did you know that there are three zoos within a short distance of Charlotte? Yup that’s right three! We’ve gathered some information about each zoo so that you can plan your next adventure a little easier.

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC

This zoo is is a quick hour and a half drive up 85 North. The North Carolina Zoo is the world’s  largest natural habitat zoo! There are more than 1,800 animals in the zoo who receive wonderful care form all of the zoo team members. There are several different habitats that you can explore including North America, Africa, and the desert. And mark your calendars for 2023 when the new Asia habitat will be added. 

In addition to exploring all of the amazing animals and habitats, there are lots of fun education and kid friendly activities going on at the zoo each day. Some of these activities include Tasty/Touchy Tuesday, Work-Together Wednesday, and Arty Thursday. 

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is an exciting and adventurous place with lots to do, you might have to go back a second time to see it all! Check out The North Carolina Zoo website for more information and tickets. 

The Greenville Zoo in Greenville, SC

Head south on 85 for just under two hours and check out all that the Greenville Zoo has to offer. While smaller than the Asheboro zoo, the Greenville zoo will keep you and the kids entertained and learning. The Greenville Zoo has an array of education programs including Zoo Tots, Saturday Safari, Zoo Overnights, and Zoo Camp! 

The Greenville Zoo is one of our favorites because they have a Giraffe Cam!!!! Check out The Greenville Zoo website for more information, tickets, and of course the check out the Giraffe Cam! 

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC

Hop on 77 south for about and hour and forty minutes to visit the wonderful Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia South Carolina. Not only is the Riverbanks Zoo home to over 2,000 animals it also has beautiful botanical gardens. The Riverbanks Zoo also features fun and adventurous activities like Waterfall Junction, ropes courses, and the Wild Adventures Rock Wall. Oh and did we mention that you can feed giraffes at the Giraffe overlook! Eeek! 

Be sure to check out the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden website so that you can arrange your trip around one of the many animal demonstrations. You might get to watch an aquarium dive, penguin demonstration, or gorilla feeding. 

We hope you and the kids get a chance to visit at least one of the zoos in the Carolina’s. It’s a wonderful and educational way to spend the last days of summer!

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