North Carolina


Greensboro Science Center

4301 Lawndale Dr. Greensboro, NC 27455
Phone: (336) 288-3769

From Sumatran Tigers to Komodo dragons, they're all here. Meerkats? Crocodiles? Red Pandas? They've got 'em. A petting zoo open on weekends--the zoo is open daily from 9am - 5pm. AZA zoo members get in for half price.

Museum of Life and Science, Durham

433 W Murray Avenue Durham, NC 27704
Phone: (919) 220-5429

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach

900 Loggerhead Road Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone: (910) 458-8257

The Aquarium hosts a 93,000 square foot facility including a large ocean tank offering two-story, multi-level viewing of large sharks, groupers, rays and sea turtles and a large freshwater conservatory showcasing the varied ecosystems of the Cape Fear River.

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

1 Roosevelt Drive Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
Phone: (252) 247-4003

The Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is located in 298 acres of maritime forest in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area. The 93,000-square-foot building houses aquariums ranging from 300 gallons to 308,000 gallons, a touch tank, interactive exhibits, classrooms, meeting rooms, a large auditorium and a gift shop.

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo

374 Airport Road Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (252) 475-2300

The Aquarium on Roanoke Island, is situated on 16 acres of property overlooking a nearby sound. Within a 68,000 square-foot building are aquariums ranging from 300 to 285,00 gallons, two touch tanks for children, interactive exhibits, a large auditorium and a gift shop.

North Carolina Zoological Park, Asheboro

4401 Zoo Pkwy Asheboro, NC 27205
Phone: (336) 879-7000

This zoo is one of the world’s largest natural habitat zoos with five miles of walking paths seated on 2,200 acres—500 of which are developed. Featuring animals from Africa, North America and global regions, the zoo offers visitors unlimited possibilities for memorable experiences with the zoo’s 1,600 animals and its unique offerings. Among the zoo’s more popular animals are its polar bears, seals, elephants, rhinoceros, lions, chimpanzees, baboons, gorillas, giraffes, zebras, alligators, cougars, grizzly bears and tropical birds.

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium

8111 Concord Mills Blvd Concord, NC 28027
Phone: (866) 229-1573

The Aquarium transports you into an amazing underwater world--from sharks to humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. To get any closer you’d have to get wet! An Aquarium Built for Kids, it is located in Concord Mills Mall at Entrance 7.

Western North Carolina Nature Center, Asheville

75 Gashes Creek Road Asheville, NC 28805
Phone: (828) 298-5600

Located in beautiful Asheville, the Center exhibits plants and animals native to the Southern Appalachian/Smoky Mountain Region.

as of 2/19/21