Zootastic Park of Lake Norman
448 Pilch Road, Troutman. 888-966-0069 or 704-245-6446. www.zootasticpark.com.
Hours: 9-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Activities: Visitors at Zootastic will be able to learn and see animals from across the world, including tigers, a camel and an albino corn snake. Guests should allow for two hours to see all of the attractions. There is also a restaurant at the park for guests to dine during lunch.
Oct. 22-31, visitors can participate in Bootastic, a festival of haunted houses, a haunted trail ride, a Not-So-Scary Bootastic Show, and Family Night on Oct.30. Bootastic will be open that week 6-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
A Christmas Wonderland of Lights starts Nov. 19. The holiday light event New Year's Day.
Cost: Children ages 2-11 cost $5, and adults 12 and older are $7. Groups of 15 or more are $5 per person.
Target Audience: All ages.
Directions from uptown: I-77 N/U.S.-21 N toward Statesville. Take exit 42 for U.S.-21/N.C. 115. Turn left at N.C. 115 N/U.S. 21 N/Charlotte Hwy. Continue to follow N.C. 115 N/U.S.-21 N. Turn right at Ostwalt Amity Road. Turn left at Pilch Road. Destination will be on the left.
Distance from Charlotte: About 40 minutes.