Are you "going to distance" to see our critters? Considering exploring Harnett County and visiting our neighbors before or after your visit to the zoo.

Local Treats

Locals know that the best treat on a hot day is a scoop of Sunni Sky's ice cream. This local institution features more than 90 homemade flavors. (We recommend sampling a few before committing!)

Feeling like a little barbecue? Noah's Landing is close to a number of local barbecue places include Ron's Barn, Stephenson's Barbecue, and Howard's Barbecue on the Cape Fear River.

Not an ice cream fan? Locals love Pelican's SnoBalls, a New Orleans style frozen treat. Their flavor list includes cake batter, candy apple, mojito, and tigers blood!

The town of Coats, just a few minutes from the zoo, features a number of small antique stores, a bakery with homemade treats, a farm stand with homemade ice cream and local produce, and the Coats Museum.

For adults, Aviator Brewing offers brewery tours (Saturdays) and two restaurants where you can grab a pint. Located in Fuquay-Varina, approximately 25 minutes from the zoo.

Local Amusements

Like hiking and the outdoors? We highly recommend a trip to Raven Rock State Park, located 30 minutes from the zoo. Ample trails for explorer, a new "green" visitor's center, and picnic shelters for a family lunch.

Grab a paddle and a life vest and let the folks at Cape Fear River Adventures take you on a tour of the Cape Fear River in Lillington. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent or you can sign up for a guided tour. (This is a favorite of our Junior Zookeepers!)

Have your own canoe? Launch at the new Cape Fear River Trail Park in Erwin. (Just 15 minutes from the zoo!) Trials, picnic shelters, and canoe launch points.

Learn about North Carolina's military history and, in particular, the man who started the American Airborne divisions at the General William C. Lee Airborne Museum in Dunn.

Other Sites to Explore

The Dunn Tourism site lists a number of local attractions, events, and opportunities.

The Johnston County Tourism Bureau offers suggestions in adjacent Johnston County.

Shoppers will find plenty of bargains at Carolina Premium Outlets in nearby Smithfield. (Located 35 minutes from the zoo.)

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