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Reptile Discovery Center

2710 Big John Drive, DeLand, FL
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Ranked #2 of 53 attractions in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Description: Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice daily. Nature trail, picnic facilities. Open Thurs-Sunday.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

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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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We attended on a Groupon and would definitely come back. The Reptile Discovery center functions as a living zoo as well as a working laboratory, harvesting snake venom every day. The family got to handle non-venomous snakes, which was a big deal, as well as watch cobras, rattlesnakes, and coral snakes get their venom milked. The reptile zoo inside is... More

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Leesburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We came with our 2 kids who are 7 and 2. My son and husband love snakes so this was right up their ally. They loved looking at all the snakes they have on exhibit. We were lucky that when it came to the venom extraction show it was just us and another family watching. It was very exciting and... More

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Shepparton, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Outstanding educational visit for the grandkids. The staff worked so well to encourage the kids to handle the non poisonous snakes and then gave a very scary demo of the venom milking! Kids were impressed and now very alert to the very dangerous snakes in Florida.

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We managed to get in despite a van load of people who showed up from Orlando unannounced (please arrange ahead if you're in a large group when visiting attractions, people). The room where they do the snake venom and handling presentations is fairly limited in size. Make sure before you buy your ticket that they can accomodate you for the... More

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Small, but excellent facility...lots of snakes and turtles/tortoises with a dozen gators thrown in to keep it fun. The venom milking is definitely incredible, make sure you see it. Enjoyed the nature walk with its large natural enclosures and they provide bug spray. Signage is very informative and the staff is very available and generous with their time and knowledge.... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

As a disclaimer, we love science and are easily entertained. I say this because the Reptile Discovery Center is small and not glamorous. The venom extraction demonstration is unique and fascinating. It starts with a chance to touch and hold a variety of non poisonous snakes and to ask questions of snake loving staff. Then, behind a big picture window,... More

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I loved the experienced holding the Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps). Non-poisonous. A worth while visit for every age. And a nature trail designated as a self-guided or by request a group tour available.

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DeLand, Florida
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10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We had a great time exploring this beautiful little destination. We took 3 little boys and they had a blast. The venom extraction demonstration was especially exciting! I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to learn more about reptiles and Florida.

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