• Baboon Habitat Renovations

    The baboon habitat is getting a facelift! It's time to say "goodbye" to the Pavilion and "hello" to some great new features for these amazing animals. While we make these improvements, our baboons will be off habitat until construction is complete.

  • Gorilla habitat closed

    The gorilla habitat will be closed starting Jan. 18 for a few months due to habitat upgrades.

Welcome Y'all

We are excited to welcome you to the Zoo!  The North Carolina Zoo serves and welcomes everyone, and it is our promise to value equity, respect, inclusivity, and kindness. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the gate on the day of your visit.

Hours of Operation

The Zoo is open 363 days a year, closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  Last entry is one hour before closing.

April - October 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November - March 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Getting to the Park

Located seven miles south of Asheboro in the heart of North Carolina and open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, the Zoo is easily driveable from many areas of the state.

Address & Directions

The North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Pkwy
Asheboro, NC

Driving Directions
From Charlotte:

Approx. 105 mins

From Greensboro / Winston-Salem:

Approx. 45 mins

From Raleigh/Durham

Approx. 90 mins


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General Admission daily tickets are available for purchase online or at the gate on the day of your visit. We do not offer rain checks, refunds or exchanges for weather or animal visibility. We are not offering discounts or accepting any coupons. We appreciate your understanding.

The Zoo offers general admission tickets for adults $15 (13-61), seniors $13 (62+) and children $11 (2-12). Children under the age of 2 are free.

Become a member today and visit all year.   More information about Zoo memberships.

Parking & Zoo Entrances

The North America Parking Lot and Entrance is open year-round.

The Africa Parking Lot and Entrance are only open April - October.

The entire Zoo is accessible from both entrances.

View Current Zoo Map for reference.

Getting Around the Zoo

Just a reminder… this is the world’s largest natural habitat zoo. With roughly 5 miles of walking trails to navigate, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle.  Animals are only visible from the walking paths.

Tram Service is available daily between the North America Entrance, Junction Plaza (the center of the Zoo) and Africa Entrance.  Parking Lot shuttles with transportation between the North America and Africa parking lots is available on April - October starting at 11am daily.

Single and Double Strollers as well as Manual Wheelchairs and Electric Convenience vehicles (ECVs) are available for rent from the Gift Shop at the entrance. 

Golf Cart Tours of the Zoo and Behind the Scenes Experiences are available by reservation only.  


Notice of Photography and Filming

On occasion the Zoo or production companies authorized by the Zoo will photograph or video Zoo guests for the Zoo’s educational or promotional use or for use in programming about the Zoo. Guest entry into the Zoo grants the Zoo and authorized production companies permission to use these images for these uses throughout the world in all media in perpetuity.