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NC Zoo

4401 Zoo Parkway , Asheboro, North Carolina 27205 | 800.488.0444
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50 Reviews
Type: Animals
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $
Hours of operation: 9am-4pm, Extended until 5pm April-October

The North Carolina Zoo or the NC Zoo is a zoo with over 1,100 animals and 40,000 plants along five miles of shaded pathways.


50 Reviews for NC Zoo

April 09 2015
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"All day fun"

Enjoy the zoo tremendously.  Clean and with care takers around to answer questions.  The food and drinks are expensive.  Lots of walking so bring the kids a stroller and load up the water and snacks.  We easily spend a full day here as long as we prepare ahead of time

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Thewe3
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January 11 2011
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"Beautiful Natural Habitat Zoo"

Growing up in the local area, I have visited the North Carolina Zoo since I was a young child.  It is one of the most beautiful natural habitat zoos that I have ever visited.  That said, there is a lot of walking involved, since the animal habitats generally are quite spacious and are good distances from each other.  Some of our favorite exhibits include the Sonoran Desert and the Chimpanzee habitat.  Our daughter absolutely loves the giant leaf playground in North America.   My recommendation is to park in the North America parking lot and proceed through the zoo, ending up at the bottom of the Africa section.  It is generally down-hill and then a tram is available to take you back up to the North America entrance.

January 12 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Ok...but not my favorite"

Well before I continue I have to admit that I am from St. Louis originally where the zoo is awesome and free.  When we moved here I was shocked at the price of the zoo.  It was a nice zoo...I did feel like I walked a lot and didn't see many animals.  I will try it again...we have only been once so not fair to judge to negatively.

January 11 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Love the zoo"

Who doesn't love going to the zoo? The asheboro zoo is great. They have tons of animal exhibits and you can actually get pretty close to the animals and get a good look at them. Its a big zoo with lots of walking, but they do have a tram you can take from north america to south america. Admission is reasonable, no complaints here!

ttsmom143
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January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"The only zoo for us!"

We love the NC zoo!! We love it so much we bought a family membership for the year so that we can go whenever we feel like it! The walk through out the zoo is beautiful and refreshing! I love that they have the animals who are there all year long but they also have specially featured animals during different times of the year!

January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Wonderful place!"

The NC Zoo in Asheboro, North Carolina is the perfect place to take a family vacation or day trip. They have modest prices and is in an easy location to find. My family really enjoyed seeing all of the different animals and walking through the whole zoo. Go and try it yourself! You will be glad you did!

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tphipps82
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January 10 2011
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"Fun"

We love going to the zoo, there are tons of animals to check out!! It takes a few hours to navagate through the whole zoo and it is a lot of walking, you must be fit and able to walk alot here. They have updated alot of exhibits and you get to see the animals from a good distance. Fun for the whole family.

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January 10 2011
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"Great for ALL ages!"

The North Carolina Zoo has exhibits for all ages and is super duper kid friendly. They also have a season pass you can get and get discounts to all kinds of zoos and aquariums across the country.  The aviary is great for adults and kids too.  Just be sure to wear some comfortable shoes and you and your kids will have a blast.  Plus the kiddos will sleep like a rock after this visit.

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ncbunnie
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January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Great Zoo"

We are very blessed in North Carolina to have the Asheboro Zoo.  It is an experience in itself and a different experience every time we visit.  Our family makes the hour-long trek several times a year and in different season to experience the zoo at its best.  It really is a wonderful place to spend the day and get some exercise.  The price is reasonable for a day of fun and you can even take in your own drinks and snacks to cut down on spending.  If you go more than once, try going in at a different entrance (N America or Africa) the second time- we rotate entrances and have a different experience every time.  Or go in winter or fall when the cold-weather animals are hanging out more!  We LOVE the Zoo!

January 10 2011
0 families found this helpful
Violetwhite_word
"Asheboro Zoo"

I've lived in North Carolina all my life, but only until I moved to Asheboro did I ever visit our grande state zoo. They are constantly updating exhibits and getting new animals. Our favorite is the one with the puffins and seals! They're so cute! You'd better take a stroller though; it can be a lot of walking for the little ones.

January 02 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Never gets old"

We love this zoo in all of the zoos we have visited. It is wide open and you actually look for the animals instead of seeing them sit in one place. I have always felt very comfortable to let my kids walk a few steps ahead exploring the environment and the animals around them. It is a ton of walking but there is a trolley that goes thruout the park. I would not recommend the middle of summer as the heat is very hard for the animals as well as the humans. Don't miss the polar bears!!

December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"LOVE LOVE LOVE this Zoo"

This zoo is s family friendly.  It allows children to learn about animals. It is not so smashed together either. My favorite animal to watch is the polar bears because you have different angles in which to watch them. They have signs put up to help people learn more about any of the animals. The tram is just an added benefit that children really like. Not only that it gives tired feet a break when they need it.

December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"A great zoo"

The NC zoo is huge!  Be prepared to walk a lot, though there are tram stops along the zoo, but not too sure how often they arrive and leave.  The wait may be long.  If you start in North America, it is more of a downhill trek than if you start in Africa.  Either way you go, there is a bus that will take you back to your parking area.
Overall, the zoo is enjoyable.  Crowds can be thick on holidays and during the summer.  We usually arrive early, right when the park opens, or after lunch, once everyone seems to have left for the day.  The animals are spread out from each other, so there can be a short walk from each exhibit.  Some exhibits are huge and it is very likely that your children may not see the actual animal, especially on hot days.  We've been several times and have never seen the zebras, giraffes, or bison.  We look and look and wait, but they are either inside or not within view.  Overall, worth the trip.  Specials occur during the summer.  They used to offer $2 Tuesdays a few years ago.  Though a good idea, really crowded.  

JenB
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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Nice large Zoo"

This is a great zoo but go early and be prepared to walk!  The new additions are wonderful! The Zoo is very clean and the animals seem to be well kept.  The food is overpriced but they do have picnic areas outside the zoo.  Make sure you go to the Africa side in the morning when the animals are livelier!  We can't wait to go back to see the new Lemur Island!

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KMCole
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December 23 2010
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"NC ZOO (Asheboro, NC)"

My family loves going to the Zoo. My kids love seeing the animals, but they also love the Kid's Zone, the play area, and the Carousel. We usually decide what animals we want to see before we go and then enter accordingly. My son prefers N America, because he loves Alligators and Turtles. My daughter prefers Africa, because she loves the Elephants.
It's great, because it is something to see if you have to travel to it. In addition, it never gets boring if you are able to visit multiple times.
Growing up I didn't live this close to a Zoo. I am so glad I can give this experience to my kids. Nothing better than providing a fun and educational event for your family!

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olgabow
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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Great conservation oriented zoo"

Very nice zoo! We really enjoyed the animals here and there are a ton of learning information at this zoo if you are making the zoo trip for more then looking at the animals. This zoo is VERY large and the trails go on FOREVER! If you don't enjoy walking then stay away! The animals are hard to see a ton so if you have a preschooler that not only doesn't like to walk but will be really disappointed if they don't see the animals then this may not be the zoo for you. The Columbia zoo is a little better for seeing animals up close since their habitats are smaller. I am a big fan of what they are doing at this zoo and we are going to try to go back soon. It's also an excellent work out!

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December 23 2010
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"Fantastic Zoo with Lots to Do!"

We recently took a family day at the Asheboro Zoo, and we had a GREAT time!  Lots of exhibits to see, and the animals appear to have adequate living space and excellent care.  Food choices inside the Zoo aren't great (think cafeteria food - but overpriced), so next time we'll probably carry a picnic lunch.  Lots of walking, and next time we'll wait until cooler weather - but a great trip (and reasonably priced = $10 per person) overall!

Alleybug
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December 23 2010
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"Fun Zoo"

I took the Family to Asheboro Zoo a few months back and it was nice. It has two different continents as you explore 500 acres of exhibits carefully constructed to resemble natural habitats.  Walk from Africa’s grasslands to North America’s Arctic coast. The prices weren't bad at all and they have a HUGE playarea for the kids while you eat and relax from all the walking you did. Parking is free and they have a nice picnic area for you to eat if you do not want to worry about buying food inside. They let you back in the park with your reciept. They do offer stroller rentals. They also have a shuttle for both sides to toake you back to the entrance you came. Heres the webiste. Check it out.   http://www.nczoo.org/index.cfm

December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"A full day's activity"

We like to visit the NC Zoo at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall. The polar bears and seals are always a favorite to watch. View from the top deck outside or walk below to watch the animals swim. The tram is great when the family is pooped from walking all day. Ride between the North America and South America exhibits or simply ride to get back to your car. Admission is very affordable.

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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"NC Zoo"

This was a nice zoo, but too much walking and way too spread out.  I did like the little play area with the over sized vegetables to play on.  My kids loved the frozen lemonade, but I think they liked staying at the Hampton Inn there better than going to the zoo.  We got in free due to our home aquarium membership was reciprocal.

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