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Address: 2710 Big John Drive, DeLand, FL
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Description: Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program...
Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice daily. Nature trail, picnic facilities. Open Thurs-Sunday.
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This is a very memorable and interesting attraction. It's also very educational for both kids and adults. The facility is small and unremarkable but the reptiles scattered... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 1, 2014
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Eustis, Florida
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DeLand, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I brought my daughter to one of their small events. The staff was very friendly and patient with other children that had fears of the creatures. This is a small place and nothing fancy, but for children (and adults) that loves snakes and other reptiles this place is wonderful. Everything is done on a small scale so there is lots... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The Reptile Discovery Center is really an awesome place. The variety of reptiles is impressive, and having the chance to see a venom-extraction so close is very neat. Additionally, the nature trail is quite interesting and really enhances the overall experience. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. For those who love reptiles, or anyone really, this place is absolutely... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The opportunity to witness the venom extraction process was worth the price of admission. The opportunity to interact with a few non venomous snakes was also appreciated. The staff were very friendly, knowledgable and made our experience worth the trip.

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Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a very memorable and interesting attraction. It's also very educational for both kids and adults. The facility is small and unremarkable but the reptiles scattered around on the short hiking trail outside and the snake demonstration inside is really worth a trip. As you gather in the small atrium you sit in folding bridge chairs and the docents... More 

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DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Enjoyed seeing close up a wide variety of snakes and other kindred creatures. Watching venemous snakes being 'milked' was most fascinating. The accompanying monologue makes a visit even more interesting. An awesome educational experience.

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DeLand, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I sent a larage group from work to the Reptile Discovery Center last year and they loved it! The instructors are very knowledgeable and really into what they do there. This is one of DeLand's best kept secrets!

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is one of the best attractions ever. I have to admit I love snakes, but this is so unbelievably cool that anyone will love it. Its a nice museum with great displays of all types of snakes, but the venom extraction is one of the most interesting things you will ever see. People are literally sitting there with their... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This place has a lot more than just snakes...there are tortoises, turtles, alligators, iguanas, frogs, and lizards too. The exhibits nicely display some of the worlds most venomous snakes. There is also a nursery display exhibit with baby snakes that are hatched at the facility too. The best part of our visit was the venom extraction process. There is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Cool place if you like snakes. The venom extraction is awesome. We got to see 5 different kinds of snakes and about 15 extractions. The kids got to hold an indigo and ball python too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was our second visit and a best kept secret for travelers and locals alike. This was the second time I took my kids out today with my mother in law and wife we were totally enthralled. Helping mankind around the world yet seeing it up front and personal. The owner and his staff were wonderful. Hands-on with the none... More 

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