If you love nature and discovering the wildlife of new areas, there are a few phenomenal places to meet our feathered and four-legged residents around Lake Norman. When you stay with us at StayLakeNorman, you will be close to fabulous Lake Norman beach areas and several other attractions that every animal and nature enthusiast will lovet. Discover native birds, animals, plant life, and even a few friendly farm animals that can’t wait to say “Hello!”

A Fun-filled Adventure to Zootastic Park

If you can’t help but get excited around various species of animals, there is one place that you could easily spend a full day visiting each exotic resident. Only a short drive from your Lake Norman beach rentals with StayLakeNorman, Zootastic Park is an incredible place to come face to face with all sorts of animal life. Explore all of the different enclosures to see an array of animals enjoying their days while learning interesting facts along the way. There are also several “Animal Encounters” that you can sign up for to experience up close and personal sessions with baby animals, giraffes, and several other safaris that allow you to meet various animals that call the Zootastic Park home.

Unique Experiences at Lazy 5 Ranch

Don’t be confused by the name, because Lazy 5 Ranch is far from your ordinary ranch operation. Though you can interact with farm animals of all shapes and sizes, there are also several exotic animals that happily await the loving attention of visitors. From horses to deer to lemurs, Lazy 5 Ranch has a full breadth of animals that help educate guests about these fascinating creatures as a family oriented place that deeply cares for each of its unique residents.

Learn and Explore at ​​​​​Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve

For an open and natural experience with exceptional educational opportunities, ​​​​​Latta Plantation Nature Center and Preserve is the place to be. With nearly 1,500 acres of natural land and a nature center full of educational information, anyone that has a love for nature and animals will feel right at home. Explore the nature center, embark on a hike, saddle up for a trail ride, and discover all of our native flora and fauna. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is home to nearly 100 different species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 14 species of reptiles, and 17 species of mammals.

There is no end to the experiences and wildlife encounters that await when you book one of our luxury lakefront vacation rentals. Bring your camera along and a pair of binoculars to discover and capture the best sights along the way. Discover this incredible area attraction along with many other fantastic natural areas on your Lake Norman beach vacation with StayLakeNorman!