EcoVivarium

EcoVivarium, Escondido: Hours, Address, EcoVivarium Reviews: 4.5/5

EcoVivarium
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Have you ever dreamed of being able to hold a giant snake, play with tortoises and lizards, or cuddle with a monitor or tegu? Then EcoVivarium is the place for you! EcoVivarium is a one-of-a-kind museum that encourages you to touch the exhibits (with help from our staff)! Our guided tours allow you to enjoy hands-on interactions with live reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods (bugs)! It's an excellent adventure for all ages. We're open Thursday through Sunday for walk-in and private tours. If you prefer a private tour, call at least 24 hours in advance to book a Platinum Tour, where you'll meet some of our unique and endangered reptile friends on the exclusive 2nd-floor. EcoVivarium is a nonprofit living museum & rescue. Our Animal Ambassadors are 98% rescues & 2% donated. Many animals come to us with significant medical challenges. We nurse them back to health and train them in-house. Support the animals; visit today!
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Flaming Bow
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It's my first time touching reptiles and omg the snakes are so gorgeous! They have some rare species that would be hard to interact with in other places. And the staffs are really knowledgable and experienced! They told us a lot of stories and special habits of each animal. I would highly recommend anyone passing by Escondido to take a look!
Written July 27, 2021
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Thanks for visiting and taking the time to write a review! So glad you enjoyed the experience! Hope to see you again next visit!
Written January 15, 2022
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Gdmike
7 contributions
Family
EcoVivarium is the perfect place to take your kids if they like Reptiles. They have several different types of Reptiles and the staff spends their time showing you the animals, telling you about them, answering questions and letting you interact with them. You can really tell everyone there has a real passion for caring for these beautiful creatures.

This place is a real gem in the heart of Escondido, CA that you need to visit at least once, but should probably go a few times a year.
Written February 13, 2020
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spsmedical
Rochester, NY48 contributions
Family
With a number of places for the little ones to visit, I was very intrigued by Eco Vivarium for my 15 year old grandson. We booked a private tour and we’re cheerfully met by Shelly who proceeded to give us an in-depth back ground on many of the rescued reptiles. We were were also able to hold or touch many of reptiles. There were a number of sad stories as to how the animals came to stay here. Shelly knew each one and had background stories for all. Without Eco Vivarium these animals would not exist. My grandson loved this tour! Thanks Shelly 5 Stars!
Written May 2, 2022
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Cindi P
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Family
We have been several times and absolutely love the Ecovivarium! The museum itself is small but has tons of animals most of which can be held. Animals rotate often so each visit you can see many different ones. The staff is super knowledgeable and were able to answer all our questions. If you love animal encounters you need to visit the Ecovivarium!
Written February 13, 2020
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william bueno
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Your information and reservation system is confusing, is very confusing, defective and incomplete.

To get a "rush" information by phone, we had to wait for about 20 minutes and after trying the fourth time, a lady told me to go back the to website, because, it was the only way to make it. My Univ. Student daughter couldn't find the link to pay the desired reservation.
Your don't return voice messages and you don't return online messages. I'm resourcing to this last option, before I publish my final review.
Bill Franco
P.S. My phone number is in my online messages; as well, as the voice messages.
Written July 18, 2022
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Dear Mr Franco, Thank you for taking the time to provide a review, albeit not the kind we are used to receiving. I am genuinely sorry that you had a frustrating experience. I know that you telephoned us on Monday, July 18 and left a phone message (we are closed on Monday and Tuesday). I returned your call on Wednesday morning when we reopened and personally scheduled the private tour for your son's birthday. Based on our conversation last Saturday during the giant snake encounter, I understood that everyone was having a great time. We do not want anyone to have a negative experience on the phone or via our website. So, I hope you can help me understand when and with whom you spoke and, if possible, at what phone number. Sometimes people get our museum confused with a pet store that offers tours of their breeder animals. I'm wondering if that may have been what happened. If not, and you spoke with one of my staff, I want to correct that team member's actions. Again, my apologies for your frustration. We look forward to seeing you and your family again. Regards, Susan Nowicke Executive Director EcoVivarium
Written July 30, 2022
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U3218TPwilliamr
San Marcos, CA2 contributions
Family
The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about every animal and insect on display. Our Grandson loves to visit - we manage to take him about once/month. We are members so after the initial fee, we go as often as we can. A great place to visit for animal lovers.
Written February 13, 2020
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Lorraine A.
1 contribution
Family
I wanted to do something different for my birthday. I love reptiles, so when The Ecovivarium popped up in a search, I knew I had to go.

We had an amazing time. We got to hold snakes and learned about different reptiles.

The Ecovivarium is great for everyone of all ages. They are a great learning tool. I will be back again this year for my birthday. I wish I lived closer because I'd visit all the time!
Written February 12, 2020
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Cameron T
4 contributions
Family
Great place to visit with the family. Ecovivarium is located in Escondido and offers a hands-on tour with really amazing reptiles of sizes. Fantastic place to take the kids.
Written April 15, 2018
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herrerawasby
Fullerton, CA1 contribution
Family
This place is a hidden gem. Great for anyone who loves animals, especially reptiles! Our guide was so knowledgeable and great with kids!
Written January 7, 2022
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Thank you!
Written January 15, 2022
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Boohbah
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Couples
Place was just neat. People are nice. Very calm. I had a great time about an hour and a half. Favorite part was Steve! The teeny tiny turtle.
Written September 12, 2021
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Thanks for the review! Steve is just too cute! He's the only one of his kind - in the entire world! Plus, he'll always be little - he has dwarfism in addition to being a hybrid.
Written January 15, 2022
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