Trips by Patty is guessing that you don't know that North Carolina is home to the largest natural habitat zoo in the world and the largest colony of working potters in the United States. This is an overnight trip that offers visits to each of these destinations located in the Heart of North Carolina, 3 1/2 hours west of Compass Pointe. Day One focuses on experiencing Star and Seagrove. Star is home to StarWorks which is an arts centered work community, gallery and cafe located in a restored sock factory building. This is a good spot to launch our exploration of the NC Pottery Highway in neighboring Seagrove with a tour of the arts center including a History of Clay exhibit. We spend the afternoon enjoying the scenic rolling hills of Pottery Highway, visiting potters and learning about their family history, varied pottery styles and techniques. There will be demonstrations and time to visit some of the pottery shops as well.
Day Two is a full immersion of the Zoo. We begin with an Ambassador Animal Program where we meet 3 animal ambassadors and interact with one of the Park Educators. Your Zoo experience also includes the Expedition Africa Virtual Reality experience and the Giraffe Deck where you can feed these graceful creatures. There will be plenty of time to explore all of your favorite habitats on your own. Choices include the North American habitats ranging from prairies to honey bee gardens and African habitats featuring chimpanzees, gorillas, zebras, elephants and rhinos to name a few. You also won't want to miss the Aviary with 100 exotic birds and 3,000 tropical plans. In between all of this exploration we will also enjoy a catered cookout lunch under a covered pavilion.
Day One - May 5th
8am - Depart Compass Pointe for Star and Seagrove
Approx. 11:30am - Lunch and tour of Starworks followed by afternoon tours of Pottery Highway
5pm - Hotel check-in and Welcome Reception. Dinner on own that evening in Asheboro's Historic District.
Day Two - May 6th
Following breakfast, we check out and make the short drive to the Zoo for our Animal Ambassador program and Zoo Orientation. Once oriented and armed with maps, spend the day enjoying the Zoo.
We will need until 3pm to thoroughly enjoy all the Zoo has to offer and our cookout lunch.
Approx. 6:30pm arrival back at Compass Pointe