Animal Encounters

This page lists places in the Charlotte, North Carolina area where kids can interact with or observe animals including: pets, farm animals, zoo animals and animals in the wild.
Kids Charlotte: Animal Encounters - Fun 4 Charlotte Kids
A Walk in the Woods, Environmental Education Company

Hands-on Science Outreach programs with LIVE ANIMALS! Mobile Science Educational Programs, Science Camps, Mobile Petting Zoo, Reptile & Snake Birthda ...

Area: East
3450 Hahn Blvd, Concord, NC, 28025
Animal Encounters at Discovery Place Nature

Come visit us and observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley, hang out in our Big Backyard, explore the Paw Paw Nature Trail in the ...

Area: Central
1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte, NC, 28209
Carolina Raptor Center

A trip to Carolina Raptor Center is memorable for many reasons, but none more so than the chance to get up close and personal with eagles, owls, hawks ...

Area: North
6000 Sample Road Huntersville, Charlotte, NC, 28078

The wild horses of North Carolina's Outer Banks once roamed freely along the entire length of this coastal barrier island chain, isolated from man for ...

Area: East
Darby Acres Farm

Darby Acres Farm provides a mobile petting zoo and mobile pony rides to you. We bring out cute and unique farm and exotic animals to your backya ...

Area: North
9395 Hutchinson Ln, Charlotte, NC, 28216
Hodges Farm

Hodges Farm is an open farm environment where you can get to know our animals. Horses, cattle, goats and sheep – you name it – they call our farm “ho ...

Area: East
3900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC, 28215
Lazy 5 Ranch

The Lazy 5 Ranch offers the unique experience of giving you a 3.5 mile tour of over 750 animals from all over the world. The Lazy 5 Ranch is a drive t ...

Area: North
15100 Highway 150, East Mooresville, NC, 28115
Lewis Farm

At Lewis Farms kids will be exploring our hay bale maze, feeding the animals, and enjoying the horse drawn ride they won’t even realize how We invit ...

Area: West
330 Lewis Rd, Gastonia, NC, 28054
McDowell Nature Preserve

This 1108-acre preserve along the banks of Lake Wylie in southwest Mecklenburg is a great place to take the kids hiking or on a nature walk. The prese ...

Area: Central
15222 York Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28278
Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve

Reedy Creek Nature Center features live, native animals, an exhibit hall, a classroom, and a gift shop. Outside, visitors can stop and observe nature ...

Area: North
2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC, 28215
Reptile Zoo and Science Center

We have over 150 different species of reptiles, amphibians and bugs, and many exhibits featuring fossils, rocks, mammals and more! Our mission is to e ...

Area: East
3513 W. US Hwy 74, Suite B, Monroe, NC, 28110
Riverbanks Zoo

Favorite of many Charlotte families is Riverbanks Zoo. Home to more than 2,000 animals, the zoo has representatives of more than 350 species from arou ...

Area: South
500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC, 29210
Sea Life and Aquarium

Are you a Shark lover, Seahorse fanatic or a Clownfish groupie? Perhaps it’s the graceful Jellyfish or the clever Octopus that you love the most. Mayb ...

Area: North
8111 Concord Mills Blvd, Concord, NC, 28027
Tiger World

Tiger World is a different kind of Zoo. We are dedicated to the conservation and education of all threatened and endangered species. Our educational ...

Area: East
4400 Cook Road, Rockwell, NC, 28138
Whispering Hope Farm

What sets Whispering Hope Farm apart from other farms is that we are very hands on with our animals. We are a small farm with mostly smaller sized ani ...

Area: West
1405 Crowders Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC, 28052
Wing Haven Gardens and bird sanctuary

Connect with nature as you stroll through this 3 1/2 acre garden and bird sanctuary in the heart of the city. Self-guided tours are sure to delight ad ...

Area: Central
248 ridgewood ave, Charlotte, NC, 28209
Zootastic Park of Lake Norman

Zootastic Park is an educational, interactive zoo that is hands on for both children and adults.

Area: North
448 Pilch Road, Troutman, NC, 28166