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

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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37 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Deltona, Florida, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Spent a few hours here with my two teenage boys and had a great time! Short nature trail walk with lots of animals and awesome snake exhibits in the center. Really cool to see snakes in person you only see on tv, like black mambas! Don't miss the venom extraction demonstration, really good! They brought out some very gentle snakes... More

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South Daytona, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Had heard about this place about a year or so ago. Finally made it here. We spent a couple of hours here. My teen son enjoyed it also.

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Weston, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

This is not only very educational but fun for all ages! Those that I took here loved it! A must do! The displays are great and do not miss the show!!

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