I received the following note from a good friend. I've never heard of Sylvan Heights, but I'll go soon!
Find the website at the end of this post.
Our family at large went to the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck, NC. It was a great, short drive, get away. The admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children, so it was reasonable, especially with the Groupon coupon I purchased a few weeks ago. The waterfowl are beautiful and it is so much better than a zoo because the birds are right there up close. Taking a camera is a must. I love parks where you have to decide if you will get close enough to get bit. There are warnings about the birds who bite, so it is up to you if you want to test the warning. It is great one day get-away with unique, beautiful, animals."
Check here for details: http://shwpark.com.