Review: Lazy 5 Ranch


Hayden Fowler , SPiN Wired Editor-in-Chief

Lazy 5 Ranch is an exotic animal park based in the open country-side at 15100 Highway 150 East Mooresville, North Carolina. The attraction’s large variety of animals has lured many to come visit and has helped defined it as the success that it is today.

Lazy 5 Ranch is opened Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and also on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The rates of the park vary based on your experience: a wagon ride or going through the self-driven safari. The wagon ride costs $16 for adults and $11 for seniors and children ages 2 through 11, while the general admission for the safari course is $11 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. The food used to feed the animals is not included with the safari, but sales at a low price of only $3 and also provides you with more than enough for your entire time at the park.

Henry Hampton, a well-known leader within the exotic animal managing community and founder of Lazy 5 Ranch, had a dream to be able to care for and house exotic animals from around the globe. His dream became a reality on May 23, 1993 when Hampton and his family opened the park in Mooresville, N.C.

The park is home to over 750 animals from 6 different continents, which explains the variety and multitude of interactions that you would experience during your trip to the ranch. The journey is very collaborative, as the animals are known to get extremely close and personal with the public and will eat out of your hands and buckets throughout the 3.5 mile trek.

When I was first going through the entrance to the park, I was greeted by smiling faces who were more than happy to serve and assist my needs. After paying, my group and I immediately began by going through the opening to the safari and within the first few seconds of entering, we had our first interaction with an animal.

Giraffes, zebras, ostriches, deer, and many different types of cattle were few of the numerous species that one may encounter at the Lazy 5 Ranch. Interacting with the animals was the highlight of our adventure. Throughout the outing, we captured plenty of pictures of the nature-filled setting, all while following the simple rules of the park, and were encouraged to do so by the employees.

Taking a trip to Lazy 5 Ranch guarantees an infinite amounts of good memories and laughs, all while spending little amounts of money, which is why I highly recommend this experience.



Lazy 5 Ranch Contact Information:


Phone: (704) 663-5100

Email: [email protected]