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Cape Fear Serpentarium

20 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-1669
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Ranked #16 of 39 Attractions in Wilmington
Type: Other
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Middleport, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This place is packed full of the nastiest snakes in the world. There is stuff in here you won't see at any zoo. It's a cheap, self guided tour that will take about an hour. My kids were mesmerized. The snakes were active and moving, especially the cobras. There is an info card with each display that tells alot about... More

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Falls Church
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This place is exactly what it says - full of poisonous snakes and dangerous dragons. My kids and I loved that the snakes were actually moving around and not just curled up. Our uncle swore they could smell us and wanted to eat us! The readings with each snake (and poison scale) were informative and interesting. Two stories inside and... More

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Seven Valleys, Pa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Rainy day at the beach with 8 adults and 7 children??? We decided to try the Serpentarium - with several nay sayers in the group! Because our group was so large we were able to get a guided tour and our guide was wonderful. She was very informative and engaged the young members of our group. Everyone enjoyed the fascinating... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It was raining so went here with the kids. The boys loved it.. Beautiful snakes seen and very rare snakes. Want to now read about Dean Ripa the founder of the serpentarium. Not sure I like the focus on the venom for every snake as there is more to snakes than just their defense mechanisms. But overall great place for... More

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Cary
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Animals are nice- if you can deal with a conspiracy theory nut-job surrounding you with propaganda and bad science. Venom and cancer are the same molecule? Really?! Um, how about no. I would have boycotted this place if I spent a minute in the lobby first. Why is it cash only? Probably for tax evasion given their anti-govt and anti-company... More

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Greenville, NC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My son is a snake lover, so this was a must see on our trip. He was thrilled with the collection and I appreciated the informative plaques at each cage. It's dark in there but still easy to see that updates are needed. Some of the doors to the cages were not as secure as I would have liked. The... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I hate snakes and I still had a great time. Found a coupon that allowed my younger siblings to hold a boa. They loved it! I, however, stayed far away from that thing. It is a great stop and I reccomend it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

As we entered Cape Fear Serpentarium and finished reading the 911 Truther propaganda posted in the wall inside the lobby, we were greeted by an extremely rude employee that seemed annoyed helping customers. I would NOT recommend this as something to do in Wilmington for the treatment we received. The exhibits were well done and informative. I also thought it... More

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Cherryville, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Upon entering you will smell the terrible smell. The bathrooms were terribly disgusting. I don't ever write a bad review, but this place is not people friendly. When feeding time was coming around we tried to take our two grandsons up close, but was pushed back further & further. Then at another feeding we was the first ones there and... More

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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Very well organized and clearly marked. Family owned and operated with enough to see for the $9 admission. Got there as they were getting close to shut down, just to see the location and parking to come the next morning. Turns out they said once you are in they would not kick you out, so we went ahead in. It... More

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