While you’re visiting Davidson, NC, make sure you stop by the Carolina Raptor Center at Historic Latta Plantation. As one of the only places in the southeast to home and rehabilitate over 30 species of raptors, this is one remarkable sight you cannot miss. Take a walk on the trail and experience the many exhibits along the way. You’ll be amazed at each and every detail at the Carolina Raptor Center.
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Focused on conservation through education, research, and rehabilitation, the Carolina Raptor Center is doing amazing things for birds of prey. Their mission is as follows “Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to the conservations of raptors.” The Carolina Raptor Center, CRC for short, welcomes 35,000 visitors to their Raptor Trail each year. They also serve approximately 27,000 students in formal education settings.
The Carolina Raptor Center is a 57-acre living museum. On their ¾-mile trail, you will see eagles, falcons, owls, hawks, and vultures. They house both exotic and native species of raptors. The Carolina Raptor Center is one of the only places in the Southeast that rehabilitates and exhibits the American Bald Eagle. Their on-site hospital sees as many as 1,000 birds per year, releasing them back into the wild after treatment and care.
The Carolina Raptor Center offers a multitude of programs to teach visitors about the birds of prey they are so passionate about. Each weekend you will find raptor meet and greets and information stations with their knowledgeable volunteers. Other special programs throughout the year include the Flights of the Forest Show and Raptor Encounters where you can get up close and personal with vultures and eagles.
On Saturdays at 12:00 pm, view the vultures feeding. This smart species will play with its food before eating, making an entertaining show for everyone. This lasts around 30 minutes and is free with admission.
From March to October, the Carolina Raptor Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. November through February, the Center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission fees are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors, teachers, and military adults, and $8.00 for students.
Whether you come to meet resident Hawk Aletta or to experience a vulture feeding, the Carolina Raptor Center will fascinate you with their majestic birds of prey. When traveling to the area, we’d love for you to book a stay with us here at the Davidson Village Inn. Davidson Village Inn is located just 15 miles north of the Carolina Raptor Center! Once here, you will relax in one of our 18 guest rooms with private bathroom. We’ll provide you with breakfast in the morning to get your day started off on the right foot. Finally, come and experience a getaway to Davidson. We look forward to visiting with you soon!
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