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Lazy 5 Ranch

Visit With Exotic Animals Right in Your Car


Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road
Mooresville, NC 28115
(704) 663-5100

The ranch is cash only. Prices are:

Adults - $9.50
Children (Ages 2 to 11) $6.50
Seniors (Ages 60 and up) $6.50
Special Group Rates (15 or more people including all ages 1 and up) $6

Feed is available for $3 a bucket, and a ticket option is available to take a wagon ride through the park.

Dates and hours:
Monday through Saturday - 9 a.m. until 1 hour before sunset
Sunday - 1 p.m. until 1 hour before sunset

Lazy 5 Ranch is a unique drive-through animal park featuring over 700 exotic animals from around the world. Instead of a traditional "zoo" where you walk around and visit different sections, Lazy 5 lets the animals come to you. You drive around the park, and the animals come right up to your vehicle (usually looking for a snack!). While the ranch is a perfect getaway for kids, it's a great outing for any age.

If you don't want to drive through yourself, there is a wagon ride available. You'll take the same path and still have an opportunity to feed the animals. a bucket of feed is included with your admission price if that's the option you choose, so it works out to being about the same price as driving through yourself and purchasing feed.

The ranch is privately owned and operated, and doesn't receive any sort of federal or state funding. The owner of the ranch has been raising exotic animals for nearly 40 years. The ranch officially opened in 1993, The animals and exhibits at the ranch are constantly changing, so it's worth a visit even if you've been before.

Here's a list of just some of the animals you'll find at the ranch:


  • Cattle
  • Horses
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Giraffes
  • Buffalo
  • Rhino
  • Pigs
  • Camels
  • Llamas
  • Kangaroos
  • Birds
  • Quail
  • Pheasants
  • Ducks
  • Swans
  • Porcupines
  • Tortoises

The Lazy 5 Ranch also seeks to help the recovery of several endangered species including the Grevy Zebra, Scimitar Horned Oryx and Ring-tailed Lemur.

The ranch does host school field trips, as well as weddings, birthday parties and corporate events.

While Charlotte doesn't actually have a zoo of its own, there are plenty of places around town to check out live animals - and Lazy 5 Ranch isn't the only one! From full zoos to science museums, there are plenty of other spots nearby to visit with the animal kingdom. Check out a list of the best here:

Where to See Live Animals in Charlotte

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