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Reptile Discovery Center

Address: 2710 Big John Drive, DeLand, FL
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Ranked #2 of 50 Attractions in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice daily. Nature trail...
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Type: Museums
Owner description: Large collection of venomous snakes and live venom extraction program twice daily. Nature trail, picnic facilities. Open Thurs-Sunday.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Longwood
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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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338 reviews 338 reviews
56 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
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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