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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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Hastings, PA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

So the cash only policy is really annoying- who only takes cash?!?! I had to go to an ATM and come back to take my three girls through the serpentarium. My oldest LOVES snakes, so this place was a dream come true for her. She didn't mind the dust or the random cleaning supplies lying about (that didn't appear to... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Just took my family over here today (Sept. 11) while on vacation. When we arrived in there was an employee car parked outside with stickers claiming that the September 11 attacks were an inside job. It did end there. In the lobby was a wall dedicated to Wars Profit Congress and about how the government is poisoning us through the... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Our grandchildren have loved the Serpentarium since they were 2 and 5! A truly unique experience. Very well-run, both educational and interesting to all ages.

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Delaware, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My daughter is an armature herper so this part of the trip was really for her. The building is small but we spent two hours looking at and learning about all the snakes. It wasn't over crowded and the price was reasonable. The only staff was a volunteer who was a bit cranky when we arrived. It's cash only so... More

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Middleport, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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