Summer Flight Shows

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Educator Kate Olukalns works with Willow, the Barn Owl, during the Talons Summer Flight Show. Photo by Joe Amodeo.

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Flights of the Forest is now on hiatus through Spring 2019. Visit this page regularly as we introduce new flight birds.

Take Flight at Flights of the Forest this summer at Carolina Raptor Center. The CRC flight team is back again starting May 26, 2018. You and your family will be wowed by the ariel show put on by these native and exotic flight birds and their trainers at this annual sensation. Does it ever get old to learn about these magnificent birds of prey as they fly just overhead? Can you hear the whisper of feathers and feel the wind on your back?  Volunteer to participate on stage and get even closer! The flight show is FREE with regular admission again this year.. 

Please arrive a half an hour early so that you won't miss the show.  Gates to amphitheatre open 15 minutes before show time and patrons will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that the gate location has changed. Patrons can enter near the Barred Owl Enclosure and through the entrance near the Peace Garden. (Entrances will be clearly marked.) Our goal is for everyone to see the flight show this summer; after all, it's FREE!

Unfortunately, due to the terrain and flight paths of the birds at our amphitheatre, we can only accommodate one wheelchair. Electric/power chairs have a very difficult time navigating our trail system, so please consider that before you come. Strollers are not permitted in the amphitheatre -- please park your ride outside! There are only 80 seats per show, so make sure you arrive on time to assure your seat.


Flights of the Forest

Coming back Spring 2019


Heat Index Procedure and Guideline

When the heat index is over 95 degrees CRC will cancel all bird appearances, flight shows, and encounters. If you purchase tickets in advance, someone from our Visitor Services team will contact you directly about the cancelation. If you have any questions about this, please call our Visitor Center at (704) 875-6521 x.107. Please check our website the day of your visit for the most recent changes in program and event schedules.

Why do we cancel shows in the heat? More info.


Service Animal Guidelines
We do not allow service animals in the amphitheatre during flight shows. Please review our service animal guidlines for more information.