By Guest Blogger Dennette Bailey

This fall my children and I zipped to the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, NC for the day. We were looking for a way to spend time together before my son went off to serve in the U.S. Navy. I thought this idea might be perfect for some of you who are looking to take a day trip while the kids are out of school for the holidays.

3470We arrived at a beautiful serene setting that serves as a sanctuary for over 25 different types of raptors. This soaring attraction boasts a trail about ¾ mile long and a self-guided tour that lasts 45 minutes to an hour (maybe a little longer if you are direction-challenged like myself).

We also attended a flight show in which the cast put on a 30 minute raptor show, detective style, which was exceptionally funny and educational. Children and adults will love the flight show and it is worth the extra fee. We attended on a Saturday but the Raptor Center has various activities throughout the week for individuals and groups of all ages. There is also a small children’s play area, picnic area and lots of places for scenic pictures.

3475As we walked the trail viewing all types of beautiful native and exotic birds I couldn’t help but think about the fact that my son would be taking his first plane ride since he was an infant venturing on a new plight in life himself. He graduated boot camp on October 30. Whenever I see any type of raptor I think of my son flying off to make life for himself and serving his country. I pray that after he has served his duty, like the birds who have the support of the Carolina Raptor Center, he will have the support of his family and his country.

6000 Sample Rd
Huntersville NC 28078

Admission Fees 
$12 – Adults
$10 – Seniors, Teachers, Military Adults
$8  – Students 4 and Older with Student ID
Free – Children 3 and Under and Members

Days and Hours vary throughout the year so be sure to check the website.





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