Whether you prefer lush garden pathways meandering past exhibits of exotic creatures, safari-style sleepovers, or air-conditioned exhibits of fish and fowl, there is a zoo experience for you somewhere in the country. Probably more than one! Here’s our list of America’s top zoos state by state. Get your summer zoo-do on!


North Carolina

We would be remiss if we didn’t include the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro on this list; it’s an edutainment facility of the highest order. Having said that, we couldn’t resist mentioning the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, where the flight exhibitions will change the way you view birds of prey.