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Reptile Discovery Center

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Address: 2710 Big John Dr, DeLand, FL
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+1 386-740-9143
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Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice...

Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice daily. Nature trail, picnic facilities. Open Thurs-Sunday.

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AMAZING Experience!

I cannot say enough about this place and what a wonderful facility this is. If I could give it 10 stars, I would! The snake exhibits are beautiful, clean, and informative... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
orlandogal22
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I cannot say enough about this place and what a wonderful facility this is. If I could give it 10 stars, I would! The snake exhibits are beautiful, clean, and informative (among other exhibits, i.e. alligator snapping turtle and tortoises). The venom extraction demonstration is a MUST SEE and owner Carl Barden is personable, down-to-earth, and engaging - eager to... More 

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Kensington, Canada
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an absolutely awesome place to visit , we all learned a lot about snakes and the ones that they let you hold are so wonderful. The couple that run the place have an absolute passion for what they are doing and it shows . Our Granddaughter was in her glory even though she entered the building being afraid... More 

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Thank Holliebrown
Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We live in Deland and had never even heard of this place until we came across it on TripAdvisor. The venom extraction demonstrations alone are worth the price of admission. The observation trail was neat with many different animals including a giant Burmese python and Alligators. The alligators were very aggressive this day and were fascinating to watch. The whole... More 

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Thank devkidd
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great little place to stop for an afternoon. It's off the beaten path but well worth the trip. There is an outside area which would be hot in summer but you can see reptiles from around the world plus a group of gators from Florida. Most of the reptiles kept outside were visible when we were there,... More 

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Thank Yelohamer
DeLand, Florida
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not a huge fan of snakes, but I found this place to be very interesting. There is a good mix of activities. There was a group of children from a school that had a great time. It was a fun experience.

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Thank MegT351
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63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I are both seniors and found this to be very interesting and informative. We went to see the milking of the reptiles. After the live performance, we were invited to ask questions. I asked about 20 questions and my husband asked several more. All of our questions were answered to perfection. One could say the staff knows... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

We were very fortunate that someone told us about this place; otherwise, we may have missed it. What a wonderful opportunity to learn more about snakes of the world and the system of milking them for using their venom in anti-venom. In addition to the indoor exhibits, there is a nice, short trail that provides other animals for viewing. The... More 

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Thank Pat M
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

This is a great stop for kids! My boys especially loved it. Its right between Daytona and DeLand and it is something out of the ordinary if youre on vacation and looking for something to do.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

I like the intimacy and dedicated staff. The educational value is better then in the large publicly funded zoos.

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DeLand, Florida
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6 reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We had many age levels represented in our group. Everyone enjoyed and learned from the experience. I agree with the other reviewers, you must not miss the venom collection programs. Visit their website to get times and information.

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