North Carolina Leisure


                 Piedmont Activities

 North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo was first started in the 1970s on a 1,500 acre piece of land in the Uwharrie Mountains, just south of Asheboro. The Forest Edge was the first natural habitat, and was created as a home for zebra, ostrich and giraffe. Forest Edge exists today, much as it did when it was opened in 1979.

The North Carolina Zoo is considered to be one of the largest natural habitat zoos in the country. Enclosures are made to look as close to the animals natural habitats as possible, no concrete or steel cages are used at this amazing zoological park. The NC Zoo is open to the public 364 days a year (they are closed on Christmas Day).

The Lemurs Are Coming!

Lemur Island
Grand Opening
May 22, 2010

Ring-tailed and red-ruffed lemurs will be viewable by the public in the African region at the North Carolina Zoo.



Carowinds opened its 73 acre theme park on June 2, 1973 near Charlotte, NC, bordering the North and South Carolina state lines. Throughout its span of over 30 years, Carowinds has changed ownership a couple of times, and is currently owned by Paramount Communications Inc. One thing that stays constant is the fun, smiles, and laughter it brings to those who visit. New for 2010, a roller coaster inspired by racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.,  the Intimidator.

Chinqua Penn Plantation

The Chinqua Penn Plantation near Reidsville, North Carolina is a 27 room mansion that sits on 22 acres of beautiful landscape and gardens. The home was owned by Thomas and Beatrice Penn, a couple who lived a life of traveling, entertaining, and collecting art and furniture from thirty countries on their travels all around the world. This 1920s home has been featured on television's A&E channel on America's Castles. To learn more about the plantation go to their website.....


Linville Gorge

The Linville Gorge Wilderness is part of the Pisgah National Forest in the western North Carolina Mountains. The Linville River's swift water makes a descent of 2,000 feet from high atop Grandfather Mountain before leveling out in the Catawba Valley. Learn more about the Grand Canyon of North Carolina.


 Lake Norman

For those who enjoy fun in the sun, visit Lake Norman, North Carolina.

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