Two Greensboro-area attractions are among the 30 most-visited attractions in North Carolina, according to a recent survey.

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro ranked third in the annual survey, with 831,748 visitors in 2018.

The Greensboro Science Center at 4301 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro came in at No. 12, with 444,082 visitors.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh was the state’s most popular attraction for the fifth year in a row. Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach was the state’s second-most visited site.

Discovery Place in Charlotte and Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach rounded out the Top 5.

The Biltmore House in Asheville, one of North Carolina’s top destinations, was not included in the survey because the site no longer reports attendance totals.

The annual survey was done by Carolina Publishing and Associates, which also publishes Carolina Field Trips Magazine and the Carolina Heritage Guide.

The Greensboro Science Center anticipates moving up on the list next year.

“With the summer opening of the Rotary Carousel combined with the upcoming Revolution Ridge (zoo expansion) and Battleground Parks District projects, Greensboro will soon begin a new era as a dynamic science-based tourism leader,” the science center posted on Facebook.

Over the past 10 years, the science center has engaged in a flurry of renovation and expansion, most notably the 2013 opening of SciQuarium, which in 2017 added another 5,000 square feet and was renamed the Wiseman Aquarium.

The science center is also a central player in the development of the Battleground Parks District, an effort to connect several natural and historical attractions along Battleground Avenue and Lawndale Drive.

“That’ll be like having our own Central Park in the middle of Greensboro,” said the chairwoman of the science center’s board of directors, Susan Wiseman (after whose family the aquarium was named), during an interview last year.

A master plan introduced more than a 10 years ago will culminate with Revolution Ridge: Life on the Edge, which will double the size of the science center’s zoo.

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Freelancer Robert Lopez contributed to this report.

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