During the colder months of the year (like now) it's easy to stay home and watch all the new episodes of your fave binge-worthy shows. This is honestly the best time to get out and explore your city because there are hidden gems everywhere. One of the best things to do in North Carolina to get yourself out of the house is going to see some incredible cats. 

Carolina Tiger Rescue is located in Pittsboro, North Carolina and it's nothing like a zoo or animal preserve. The mission of this location is to protect these large cats that are endangered in the wild and educate the public on them. 

When you go on this tour, the educated guides will take you around the sanctuary to teach you about the different species that reside here and about the challenges they face in the wild. 

Usually, you have to travel all the way to the zoo and pay a heck of a lot of money to see tigers, and you will only see about two. At this rescue, you'll see tigers, lions, cougars and kinkajous and they have all been rescued from dangerous situations. 

You'll be happy to hear that these animals reside and roam in large, naturalistic habitats. Instead of being kept in a glass box, they can actually feel like they are in the wild. 

When you take a tour of the facility, it'll take about an hour and a half to get through it. This means you'll be seeing so many animals and learning all about them.

You'll be able to get close to where they are enclosed, but you obviously cannot have any physical contact with them.

Starting in April and going through October, the facility offers twilight tours which will give you a totally different experience than your average tour. You'll be able to see how the animals interact at night and how they roam during the dark hours. 

This is just one unique spot North Carolina has to offer and tax season is right around the corner, so why not splurge a little? 


Carolina Tiger Rescue

Price: $18

Address: 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC

Why You Need To Go: You will take a tour around the sanctuary and learn about the different species that reside here and about the challenges they face in the wild. 


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