Last Saturday I decided to visit Neuseway Nature Center in Kinston, North Carolina.
It was a rainy day, but I still wanted to see this hawk and a few other winged creatures which were housed outdoors, so I braved the rain when I first got there.
Inside, there were all kinds of plants and animals indigenous to North Carolina. Some of them were mounted which let me get a good close look at them (and a kiss).
But there were lots of live animals too, like this tropical bird that was wishing everyone a happy birthday.
And this cute little chinchilla that was posing on the exercise wheel but definitely not using it.
The lower level is an “underground cave” where I found lots of reptiles and water creatures.
They also had a huge sand sculpture display.
After I’d seen all the animals, I wandered over to the Health & Science museum (which is geared toward children).
But that didn’t stop me from playing a giant game of Operation.
I was waiting for the planetarium show to begin. It’s a simple show, perfect for young children, where they show the planets and constellations currently visible in the night sky.
It’s not an enormous nature center but it’s well worth a visit, especially since admission is FREE. It sure took the gloom out of a rainy Saturday afternoon for me.