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Cape Fear Serpentarium

20 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-1669
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Ranked #14 of 39 attractions in Wilmington
Type: Other
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The snakes and other reptiles are some of the biggest and best I've seen at any reptile house, zoo, or aquarium. They feed the animals Saturdays and Sundays at noon. It's really cool to watch but a bit freaky because the handlers are easily within striking distance of snakes like King Cobras and Black Mambas. The building is in poor... More

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Hubert, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We went as 3 families with children ranging in ages from a newborn to a 9 year old. The children loved the displays but the adults were less than enthused. The smell in the place was terrible and it was extremely dirty. To top it off, the employees would just open a display without warning and were very lackadaisical about... More

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Culpeper
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218 reviews 218 reviews
133 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

it is obvious these folks really care for their reptiles, will never see a better place, always a favorite of my daughter's

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We got there at feeding time (3pm) which I highly recommend. They were active the whole time we were there. My kids loved it but there were some hygiene concerns, the feeding poles they use (with raw chicken and other dead animal juices) are placed on the carpeted floor, which my children would sit on while they sat in front... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Went with my family including parent in a wheelchair. It was easily accessible, a big plus. Didn't know what to expect, but we were there at feeding time and got to watch several snakes get fed. It was done safely and with much showmanship. The information about the snakes and alligators was fascinating and there were a myriad of different... More

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Reston, Virginia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
45 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I was pretty excited about this Museum (my wife was quite hesitant though for her fear/dislike of snakes). They have wonderful collection of several venomous, non-venomous, crocodiles and great lizards. The notes at each exhibit is succinct, but exactly what you would want to know about these deadly creatures. I absolutely recommend this place if you are in the area.... More

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Leland, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I went with my whole family and everyone enjoyed. I must say I'm a little scared of snakes but it was definitely one of my favorite parts

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Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

My wife and I took the hour drive from Myrtle Beach. She hates snakes and dreads looking at them. By the end of it, I think she actually changed her whole outlook on them. She spent a lot of time speaking to Dean's Wife, who is very pregnant. Dean, his wife, staff were very great and very nice. The collection... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I have taken many family and friends here and have never failed for them to say this was the best money spent for the day. The owner is very friendly as is the workers here. When I have family or friends coming to visit this is one of the top 3 sites to see. I understand that this serpentarium is... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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169 reviews 169 reviews
70 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I would recommend this place to anyone (unless you have a snake phobia). You will see some of the deadliest and most beautiful snakes in the world. If you are like me you will just laugh off the conspiracy theory wall (it makes for a fun read though). The building was very hot the day we were there and there... More

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