The North Carolina Zoo is temporarily suspending operations
effective March 17 until further notice. More information.
Whether you have a few hours or a few days, we have suggestions on how best to get the most out of your time at the North Carolina Zoo.
It takes between four to six hours to see the entire Park. There are over five miles of trails through the two main habitat regions, North America and Africa, plus a global Desert and tropical Aviary. If you arrive mid-day, you might choose to tour just one region.
When you arrive, please check the animal status boards located outside the admissions gates. The boards will give you daily information about feeding times, keeper talks and which animals might be off exhibit.
At the admission gate, you will receive a free Guest Guide. The guide includes animals, habitats and trail names which correspond with Park signs to help you navigate through the Zoo.
Below is a suggested tour to maximize your time and allow you to see the entire Park in one day without any backtracking.