Beat the Heat

Cool off before school starts with Beat the Heat at the Carolina Raptor Center on August 3rd and 17th! This fun-filled family event features the shaded Raptor Trail, where special water activities will keep everyone refreshed. Treat yourself to the delicious offerings from the Kona Ice truck as you wander through the trail, enjoying the cool, shaded pathways and the excitement of our unique summer-themed programs. With engaging activities designed for all ages, this event is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer with your loved ones.

In addition to water fun for the whole family, our feathered residents will also join in the summer celebrations with special ice enrichment activities. Watch in awe as our birds of prey interact with icy treats, providing an up-close look at their behaviors and personalities.

Event Programs:

  • 11 AM: Meet a Raptor - Learn what makes raptors unique in this educational program with an avian ambassador.
  • 1 PM: Bird Show - Feel the wind in your hair as our team of avian ambassadors show off what they do best: fly!
  • 2:30 PM: Keeper Chat - Our Raptor Hospital treats more than 800 birds of prey each year. Hear from our Raptor Hospital staff about the unique ways they care for these feathered patients.

Don't miss this chance to create lasting memories and enjoy a refreshing day out at the Carolina Raptor Center's Beat the Heat!

Need help parking? Check out our event parking map.


Saturday, August 3, 2024

Saturday, August 17, 2024


10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Included with admission

Carolina Raptor Center

6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

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