NC Zoological Park & Seagrove Pottery

8:15 a.m.

Depart the hotel for a trip to the NC Zoo. (NOTE: It takes a full day to tour the entire zoo.) So, put on some comfortable shoes. Here we go!

9:00 a.m.

See more than 1,100 wild, African animals living in large, natural habitats at the NC Zoo. Stroll along shady pathways to visit animals in eight large outdoor exhibits. Giraffes, baboons, lions and more. Marvel at the brightly colored tropical birds in the R.J. Reynolds Forest Aviary, one of the top 10 zoo exhibits in the United States. Discover more than 200 animals in the African Pavilion, including Colobus monkeys, Meerkats, Weaver birds and the like. Enjoy watching herds of antelope leap and run across the 37-acre African Plains.

1:30 p.m.

Enjoy lunch at the zoo in a beautiful setting.

2:30 p.m.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at the zoo’s exhibit, North America. From arid deserts to dense swamps to cold northern coasts, you will experience the rich diversity of the continent’s wildlife. See alligators bask in the Cypress Swamp exhibit. Watch polar bears swim the waters of the rocky coast. Observe bison as they roam the grassy expanse of the prairie. Don’t forget the indoor desert with Saguaro cactus, roadrunners and rattlesnakes.


See exhibits of North Carolina Pottery and related activities from prehistoric Native American times to the present. The center provides maps, information and displays to assist visiting more than 90 potters in the Seagrove area and hundreds of potters across the state. Only 45 minutes from Greensboro, the Seagrove area is one of the largest communities of working potters in the country tracing its roots back to the 18th century. Potters maintain individual shops throughout the rolling countryside. Many are nationally and internationally recognized for their work.

5:00 p.m.

Travel back to your hotel in Greensboro. Look back over your zoo postcards, and show off your pretty new pots. Rest up and refuel for the evening.