North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro. 336-879-7000. www.nczoo.org.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Activities: From lions, zebras and gorillas, to flamingos and polar bears, visitors at the North Carolina Zoo will have the opportunity to explore more than 200 species of animals. This spring, the zoo will unveil an exhibit featuring white alligators called, "Swamp Ghosts: Legends of Fortune and Good Luck." The attraction highlights the creature that has long been the center of Creole folklore. Visitors will be introduced to African wildlife, an aviary exhibition and North American species. Along with exhibits, the zoo also offers special events. On April 16, the zoo will feature an Earth Day celebration where participants can learn how to take care of the planet. After a day of exploring wildlife and participating in events, guests can replenish themselves at one of the restaurants or snack bars found in the park.
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Cost: Individual day passes cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62 and older, $6 for children ages 2-12. Free for children 2 and younger.
Target Audience: All ages.
Directions: Take I-85 N. to Exit 96 (Lexington). Turn right on U.S. 64 E. to Asheboro. Turn right on Zoo Parkway/N.C. 159. Go 4.4 miles, then turn left at zoo entrance.
Distance from Charlotte: About an hour and a half.