Sometimes you just want to see something that is a little out-of-the-ordinary and that offers a sense of adventure without going too far from home and the Piedmont Triad has plenty to offer in the way of animal adventures and special exhibits without a day’s drive. Although there are plenty of places to choose from, here are just a few of the upcoming exhibits and adventures that you can choose to enjoy as you go take in all the region has to offer.
SciWorks: Animal Secrets
I’ve recommended a visit to SciWorks in my blogs before, but this time there is a fantastic exhibit that dives into knowledge about how animals live and thrive and offers a specific reason to get out to their location. The exhibit runs from June-September and is titled, “Animal Secrets at SciWorks,” with insights into such fascinating questions as where chipmunks sleep and what eagles feed their young! The variety of animals featured and the education promises to be wonderful.
The exhibit features hands-on activities as well as knowledge-sharing stations and even allows visitors to see the world from the perspective of many different kinds of wildlife. This exhibit is designed for everyone, but will be especially appealing to younger children aged 3-8 and will include both English and Spanish translations.
Perhaps the best part of this special exhibit is that it is included with regular admission to the entire SciWorks campus, so you can take in the exhibit and then enjoy all that SciWorks has to offer too.
- Admission fees: $9-11
- 400 West Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem, NC
NC Zoo in Asheboro
The NC Zoo has plenty to offer year-round, but this year between May and October there is a special exhibit and opportunity that you won’t want to miss if you’ve always dreamed of taking a Safari but don’t want to deal with pesky passports and hours of travel. Creatively named a “Zoofari,” the special exhibit and event offers the opportunity to experience an African Wildlife Adventure right here in NC!
If you plan to take in this special tour, be sure to call ahead and make reservations as it is only offered twice per day and spaces will fill up fast. When you arrive, you can expect to step aboard a specially-outfitted open-air vehicle and receive an exclusive tour of the 37-acre Watani Grassland exhibit guided by a zookeeper with a wealth of knowledge to share. Along the way, you’ll see the nine specially exhibited species including rhinoceroses, gazelles, kudus, ostriches, and antelope.
- Admission fee: $20 + regular zoo admission
- 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC
Located in Rockwell, NC, Tiger World was founded in 2007 and currently includes over 54 various species including 14 Endangered Animals. There are lots more animals than just tigers, including a variety of other big cats, monkeys, peacocks, bears, rare swans, timber wolves, and lots more. Every year, over 100,000 visitors come to the non-profit to learn about the animals as the park strives to meet its goals of education, conservation & preservation, and protection and safety.
As you make plans to visit the park, consider the time and day that offers the special events with the most meaning for you. Monday-Friday offers guided educational tours at 10am and 2pm, while Thursday evenings offer the ‘carnivore feeding safari’ where you get to see the feeding behaviors of tigers and lions first hand. The park features animals with rich stories and personalities, including the lions that were housed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If you decide to come at a time when no guided or special tours are running, you can still get involved with the animals by buying special feed at stations and sharing it with various wildlife.
- Admission fees: $15 adult/$12 children (2-17)
- 4400 Cook Rd, Rockwell, NC 28138
What is your favorite animal activity near Winston-Salem?