Monday, February 3, 2014

NC Zoo Reopens

N.C. Zoo reopens Saturday

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Zoo will reopen Saturday morning and resume its regular schedule after being closed to the public since Tuesday in the wake of this week’s winter storm.

The zoo, which is one of North Carolina’s most visited attractions, resumes its regular schedule starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The zoo had been closed for four days due to frigid temperatures and icy roads leading to the Asheboro park as well as ice-covered walkways in the park considered to be unsafe for visitors. The zoo’s regular winter operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For information on daily operational status, the public can call the zoo’s toll-free number at 1-800-488-0444 or visit the website at

As of Friday afternoon, most state parks and recreation areas had reopened, but a number of parks have trails and facilities that remain closed to the public due to icy conditions. Officials with the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will reopen parks, recreation areas, trails and facilities at different times as conditions warrant. Current information on a park’s status can be found on that park’s web page, which can be accessed from the state parks’ website,

Also, the state’s three coastal aquariums at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island and the state-operated Jennette’s Pier opened on their regular schedules Friday. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and several of DENR’s other offices reopened to the public Thursday.

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