Favorite thing: Throughout the park you will see sculptures of animals, with kids climbing all over them. The first I saw was a giant stone elephant. On occasion they will just pop out of the woodwork. There is a spot on their website where you can find info on the art, and the zoo's mission to add to the experience of the zoo with the artwork. you can even take a tour of all the art in the zoo. Check out this link.
There is an Africa Section and a North America Section. Within the North America section there is a new Australian exhibit. I only saw the African exhibit and that not even in its entirety. At 500 acres, the Asheboro zoo is the biggest in the US when it comes to space. So my advice here is, unless you have a full day and a lot of energy, don't try to see it all at once.
There are a few places to eat throughout the park, there are a few places in the Akiba Market and some at Junction Plaza. There are over 5 miles of paths through the park and they say that walking is the best way to view it all. There is also the option of a tram with four stops around the park that can get you around quicker to different parts of the park. A shuttle at either parking lot can take you between lots if you exit at a different place than where you entered.
This picture shows one of the two entrances to the zoo, the Africa entrance. You can also enter through the larger North America gate. Soon there will be a third themed area, the Australia section. For all the information you'll need to plan a great trip to the zoo, go to www.nczoo.org.
The cost for an adult is $10 and the zoo is open 7 days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm during peak season, 9-4 from November 1st through March 31st.
Asheboro is about halfway between North Carolina's two largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh and makes an ideal day trip for those who enjoy a good zoo. Believe it or not, the NC Zoo is the country's largest in terms of acreage with over 500 acres of land in the Uwharrie Mountains of Asheboro. This by no means makes it the best zoo. The San Diego Zoo is still my all-time favorite, but North Carolina's is pretty impressive and with a new Australia exhibit set to open in the Spring of 2004, it will be even more impressive soon.
Fondest memory: The thing I like the most about this zoo is that it's spread out over a lot of land. It's a great place to just stroll around and enjoy a beautiful day.