My Family and I visited Zootastic last night. It was a truly great time at a very low cost. The Christmas lights were beautiful and the children had fun picking out the characters in the lights. We visited the animals in the barn. They had horses, all types of birds, including peacocks, camels, pigs, and more. The children roasted marshmallows, rodes ponies and Santa was even there.
Zootastic is located at 448 Pilch Road, Troutman NC 28166.
Their Holiday Hours are:
Dec 1 – Jan 1st
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
You can visit the Zootastic Website at: http://www.zootasticpark.com/
They share the story behind the park on their website.
Zootastic Park was the vision of a local NC man, Scottie Brown. Scottie and his family have been working with exotic animals for over 30 years. Zootastic Park is privately owned and operated by Scottie Brown with no federal or state funding.
Five years ago while Scottie and his son were on a 6-hour flight to California, they decided to move forward with the planning and building of Zootastic Park. With both elder and younger Brown excited and determined, preliminary plans and budgets were developed by the time the flight landed. Two years later they broke ground on the first of many buildings, with 3 phases as part of the master plan. Over the course of the next three years Phase 1 of Zootastic Park started to take shape with a Western Town, multiple Animal Barns, and the Exotic Animal facilities.
In November 2009, Zootastic Park opened for the first time to the public with the Christmas Wonderland of Lights. The Zoo featured over 1 million lights through a 2 mile drive-through, Santa Claus, pony rides and much more. This will be an annual tradition at Zootastic for many years to come.
Zootastic Park will be opening the Zoo to the Public on March 6, 2010 with many events in store including Jr ZooKeeper Summer Camp, BBQ at the Zoo for Memorial Day Weekend, Easter Bunny Hop and many other events throughout the year.
Over the next three years Zootastic has great plans to add many more attractions, exhibits, and activities for the community. “We are part of this community,” Brown said, “we want to share our love for animals with our community and have a great place for families to come and enjoy true family time.” Zootastic Park is operated by Scottie Brown, his son Jerod, daughter Sarah, and her husband Shawn.
Visit Zootastic’s Photo Gallery at: http://www.zootasticpark.com/PhotoGallery.aspx