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Situated about 14 miles northwest of Charlotte in Huntersville, the Carolina Raptor Center operates largely as a rehabilitation center for injured, sick and orphaned raptors. The facility also serves as an education and conservation center where visitors can see these fascinating creatures up close.The center hosts approximately 25 different species of raptors, which you can see and learn about on the 3/4-mile outdoor nature trail that is set up similar to a zoo. There's also a rotating schedule of events on the weekends, including live bird presentations on Saturdays and Sundays. Past visitors say a visit the center makes for a great day trip, especially if you're traveling with kids. "The guides are extremely knowledgeable and the talks they give are very well done," one TripAdvisor reviewer said.
The Carolina Raptor Center is open April through October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. From November through March, hours remain the same but the center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and free for children ages 4 and younger. Live Bird Presentations, Meet the Keeper and Trail Trivia Tours and Vulture Feedings are included in the price of admission. Flight Shows and Behind the Scenes Tours are an additional $5 per person per show, or $7 for both. For more information about special events and seasonal hours, visit the website.
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