Zoo in Cornelius


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  • Zootastic Park
    The vision of a local North Carolina man, Zootastic Park sends animal lovers on an educational, interactive journey with an ever-expanding selection of exhibits, attractions, and activities. Owner Scottie Brown?who, along with his family, has been working with exotic animals for more than 30 years?transformed his dream into reality in 2009, when the zoo finally opened its gates after several years of construction and growing inside a kangaroo pouch. Today, the zoo's themed areas, such as Western Town and the Barnyard Petting Zoo, let visitors explore reptiles, farm animals, and exotic beasts including antelope, birds, and tigers who go by the names Sasha and Jasmine. Zootastic Park also hosts or furnishes animals for special events and can provide an exotic feel for events including birthdays, weddings, and corporate gatherings. When winter rolls around, the zoo morphs into a wonderland of lights, complete with an appearance from a Santa Claus who is clearly just a zebra wearing the sheep's cast-off wool.
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    385 Ostwalt Amity Rd.
    Troutman, NC US
  • Hollywild Animal Park
    Exotic animals from six continents call Hollywild Animal Park home, though many have also firmly planted their paws and hooves in the entertainment business?hence the name Hollywild. Tank the rhino, for instance, has appeared in multiple national advertising campaigns, avoiding the paparazzi by hiding himself in his dressing room. But the nonprofit park gives visitors more than a brush with stardom, as many of the animals they shelter are extinct in the wild. Virtually nowhere else on earth will guests get to visit a Syrian Brown Bear or get up close and personal with a waffalo (a cross between an African Watusi and a buffalo). Hollywild gives visitors a bounty of ways to experience this variety. On Safari Rides, knowledgeable guides drive tour buses through more than 70 acres where zebra, emus, donkeys, camels, antelope, and other animals roam free. In the ampitheater, audiences get close encounters with fascinating fauna thanks to interactive Creature Feature shows. And throughout the park, visitors have ample opportunities to pet and feed the animals.
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    2325 Hampton Rd.
    Wellford, SC US
  • Carolina Raptor Center
    The staff at the Carolina Raptor Center care for birds of prey in 25 different species and lead programs that aim to teach children about environmental stewardship. Families can observe birds such as owls, falcons, and eagles in habitats lining the 3/4-mile trail or see them in action during flight shows in the summer.
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    6000 Sample Rd
    Huntersville, NC US
  • Scary Dairy Haunted Hayride
    Anytime from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 or Sunday, December 5, families can embark on 25-minute hayrides through the woods and pastures of Harris Farm. As you travel over the scenic Reedy Creek, gorge your eyes on area wildlife and cute farm animals as you chat with Santa himself about wish lists, cheerful holiday memories of yore, and the universal appeal of Seinfeld -themed stocking stuffers. Bring home some seasonal spirit by getting your photo snapped with St. Nick (an additional $5) or picking out the perfect evergreen from the farm's Christmas-tree lot.
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    1643 Pembrook Road
    Harrisburg, NC US
  • Reed Gold Mine
    The Reed Gold Mine preserves a moment in time—specifically, the first documented discovery of gold in the United States. The era is brought to life with exhibits on mining equipment and regional history. Guests can check out a restored ore-crushing mill, explore underground trails in the restored mine, and even pan for gold.
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    9621 Reed Mine Road
    Midland, NC US
  • The Hunter Farm
    Since 1868, the lush land at The Hunter Farm has provided for five generations of the Hunter family. A sprawling lineage of sons, daughters, nieces, and nieces' husbands have weathered the seasons on its plot, giving rise to plump crops and healthy livestock. Throughout the year, they throw the barn doors wide to share their bounty with the community. It begins in the spring, when visitors fill buckets with the farm's ripe strawberries, beloved for their unusual sweetness. In the summer, camping kids learn about farm life firsthand as they milk cows and plant crops. The farm is in full swing come fall, inviting harvest-season visitors to trundle along on hayrides and pick the most spherical pumpkins they can find. As the days shorten into winter, the farm welcomes the Cox family, who bring with them a stock of freshly cut fraser firs.
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    13624 Providence Rd
    Matthews, NC US

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