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The North Carolina Zoo has three restaurants.   Visa, Mastercard, American Express and cash are accepted.  ATMs are located in both Wilderness Cafe and Junction Springs Cafe. 

Wilderness Cafe

Wilderness Cafe

Location:  North America Plaza

Menu:  Made-to-Order Sub Sandwiches, Soft Serve Ice Cream, Coke Products, Fruit Cups, Veggie Cups, Bottled Beverages and Starbucks Coffee

Apr - Oct: 9-5
Nov - Mar: 9-2 (Mon-Fri)

Junction Springs Cafe

Junction Springs Cafe

Location: Junction Plaza

Menu:  Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken Tenders, Pizza, Deli Sandwiches & Wraps, Salads, Vegetable & Fruit Snacks, Desserts, Drinks

Apr - Oct: 10-4
Nov - Mar: 10-3

Crocodile Cafe

Crocodile Cafe

Location:  Wachovia Akiba Market in Africa

Menu:  Various Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Fries, Salads, Vegetable & Fruit Snacks, Bottled Beverages, Slush Puppy Frozen Beverages

Apr - Oct: 9-5
Nov - Mar: CLOSED


Seasonal Snack Bars

The Zoo's seasonal snack bars are open April - October, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Visa, Mastercard, American Express and cash are accepted.

Bear Creek Snack Bar

Bear Creek

Location:  in North America Plaza 

Menu:  All Natural Hotdogs, Funnel Cakes, Slush Puppy Frozen Beverages, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Pretzels, Dippin' Dots, Coke Products and Starbucks Coffee

Nathans Famouns Hot Dogs

Hot Dog Diner

Location:  across from Garden Friends Playground in North America

Menu:  Specialty All Natural Hotdog Offerings, Fries, Chicken Tenders, Coke Products

Cool Play

Cool Play

Location: across from Garden Friends Playground in North America

Menu: Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Dippin' Dots, Coke Products, and Slush Puppy Frozen Beverages

Prairie Popcorn and Dippin Dots

Prairie BBQ & Popcorn & Dippin’ Dots

Location: Prairie Outpost in North America

Menu: Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, Chips, Slush Puppy Frozen Beverages, All Natural Hotdogs, Dippin' Dots

Continental Crossings Pizza

Continental Crossings Pizza

Location: Junction Plaza

Menu: Fresh Dough Pizza (Whole or by the Slice), Salads, Drinks


Cool Treats Ice Cream

Continental Cool Treats

Location: Junction Plaza

Menu:  Ice Cream and Beverages


In addition to these locations, the Zoo has various food and beverage carts located on Park trails.   These carts accept cash only.   Public picnic areas are available outside Park gates.