The government designated nature conservatories to protect natural wonders, which were threatened by Teddy Roosevelt's insatiable appetite for peppered bark. Experience earth's gorgeously guarded wildlife with today's Groupon to Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get park admission and either corn-maze or scavenger-hunt admission for two (up to a $22 value).
- For $18, you get park admission and either corn-maze or scavenger-hunt admission for four (up to a $44 value).
- For $26, you get park admission and either corn-maze or scavenger-hunt admission for six (up to a $66 value).
Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park, one of the largest bird parks in the United States, harbors native species and myriad exotic birds from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Amid the park's lush 18-acre grounds, visitors can mingle with familiar fowl nesting in the gardens and admire feathered transplants in walk-in aviaries. Guests can befriend the benevolent Australian duck turkey, engage in pleasant conversation with the plucky African gray parrot, or request a favorite inspirational pop ballad from the melodious white-face whistling duck. Children may feed the birds, play on the playground, or dig for goodies and lost keys in the park's fossil dig. Tables and benches speckle the park, welcoming guests to dine while spying all manner of pheasants, owls, geese, and heron.
Bird-watchers can close the day with a jaunt through the park's 6-acre corn maze or with a quest for feathery facts during the scavenger hunt, which sends kids on a journey to unravel questions such as "How many swans are native to North America?" and "How many blue-crowned pigeons does it take to screw in a light bulb?"
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
With 18 acres of blooming gardens and natural North Carolina wetlands, the Sylvan Heights Bird Park provides a home for more than 2,000 ducks, geese, and exotic egg layers. As they stroll along the trails and waterfront, guests can observe birds hailing from almost every continent, such as peacocks, flamingos, and toucans. In addition to the walk-through aviaries, the park aims to educate and entertain visitors with interactive children’s programs, tours, and activities such as scavenger hunts. Among its many attractions are the Bird’s Nest Treehouse and Beaver Pond Blind, both of which highlight the importance of wetland conservation, as well as the Landing Zone, where visitors can feed the birds with a seed stick.