Cherokee Bear Zoo and Exotic Animals | Cherokee, NC

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Cherokee Bear Zoo and Exotic Animals

Experience the size and beauty of many bear species at this unique attraction. From native black bears to cinnamon bears and grizzlies, you can watch these giant creatures as they run, climb, play, and then observe them during select feeding times. And don’t forget to check out the exotic tigers and lemurs before heading over to the petting zoo.


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Downtown Fountains

Take a little time-out from your summer adventuring and head downtown to Cherokee’s Saunooke Village. There you’ll discover several public fountains set near the shops, coffee bars, and ice cream store. There’s even a lazy river feature to relax or frolic in, and the fountains are perfect for splashing your friends and family. If you need help, just check out the local Cherokee Welcome Center.


Cherokee Chamber of Commerce

The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the success of the Cherokee business community. It’s also a resource for information on community events and attractions for those visiting the area, or those interested in learning about the local economy.


Winter Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Casino Bear

The Bears Project


The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Sequoyah Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Pottery Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Patriot Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Out of Hiber-Nation Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Magic Lake Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Legends Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


SyllaBear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Harmony Of Life Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Forefathers Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Fish Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Children’s Mixed Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Big Cove Bear

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Bear On the Little Tennessee

The Bears Project

The Bears Project started in 2005 with the intention of showcasing the variety of talented artists within the Qualla Boundary. A committee researched several concepts prior to selecting a bear theme, as they intended to produce something that would be culturally significant. Bears are a large part of the Cherokee culture and appear in many of the stories and legends that the Cherokee people hold sacred. The culture currently recognizes contributions from the clans of Bird, Blue, Deer, Long Hair, Paint, Wild Potato, and Wolf.


Cherokee Phoenix Movie Theatre

Take a break from your Cherokee sightseeing to enjoy the latest movie blockbusters. The new Cherokee Phoenix Movie Theatre features all the latest movie-going amenities, and is right next door to Cherokee’s other thrilling attractions.


Cherokee Welcome Center

The Cherokee Welcome Center is the perfect place to start your journey around the Cherokee region. Our staff will happily provide all of the information you need for your stay, and will point you to all the cultural attractions, special events, and natural beauty that make Cherokee one of the top tourist destinations in the Southeast.


Oconaluftee Islands Park

A perfect stop for families, Oconaluftee Islands Park is an island oasis among the waters of the rushing Oconaluftee River. Wade in the refreshing waters along the riverbank. Enjoy a quiet picnic. Or walk around the nature trails before exploring the rest of our Cherokee attractions.


Acquoni Expo Center

The Acquoni Expo Center is located in the heart of Cherokee, and hosts several major events throughout the year, including the famous Cherokee Powwow—three days of competitive dancing, drum group competitions, and gorgeous Native American regalia.

1501 Acquoni Rd
Cherokee, North Carolina 28719


Cherokee Action Sports Park

Look around the average US city, and increasingly “NO SKATING ALLOWED” signs or restricted bike lanes dot the landscape. So where do you turn if you like to turn on a deck or BMX bike, try some new tricks, or maybe catch a little air? The Cherokee Action Sports Park. Designed by Pillar Design Studios and built by Artisan Skateparks, this 13,000-square-foot facility offers smooth concrete half-pipes, beautifully contoured ramps, and an ideal “abandoned swimming pool” concept that bikers and skaters alike crave.

Set on a 3.5-acre tract, the street-to-bowl transition elements are ideal for those just getting started, or riders who take their sport seriously. Located on Acquoni Road in the heart of Cherokee, NC, the Sports Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk, and is free to the public.

So grab your helmet, strap on some pads, or just come to watch the action. Whether you’re on two wheels or four, the Cherokee Action Sports Park is ready to inject a little extra adrenaline into your stay in Cherokee.

More information can be found at the Cherokee Welcome Center, or by calling 800.438.1601.


Pan Fer Gold

“Pan Fer Gold” is the perfect family adventure, located in the heart of the Smokies. The suspense of washing away dirt in hopes of striking it rich by discovering natural gold or gems is fun for everyone. Everyone takes home a treasure!


Cherokee Fun Park

The Cherokee Fun Park holds games and attractions that are sure to thrill guests of all ages. Enjoy go-karts, mini golf, and arcade games. As a fun, family-friendly setting in the middle of Cherokee, the Fun Park is a perfect afternoon stop during your stay.


Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

Home to many Cherokee special events throughout the year, the Fair Grounds are center stage for everything from the Festival of Native Peoples to carnivals, shows, and our century-old Cherokee Indian Fair. Check our events calendar for the latest sights and sounds waiting to be discovered at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds.


Santa’s Land

Santa’s Land is a theme park with fun for the whole family, boasting a zoo filled with exotic creatures like lemurs and bears, fun rides, games, gift shops, and, of course, Santa himself. Enjoy a ride on the “Rudicoaster” before visiting Santa’s reindeer, and take in a fun-filled day. This unique Cherokee attraction lets you enjoy the best of Christmas, even before the holiday season.


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