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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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DeLand, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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265 reviews 265 reviews
36 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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Leesburg, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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