Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review: Cape Fear Serpentarium


     I am a country girl at heart. One of the things I love about having a boy are the fun "boy things" that we get to do. Last week my sister and her boys came to visit us. We thought it would be fun to surprise them with a trip to the Cape Fear Serpentarium. Even though Nick and I have lived in Wilmington for many years we have never visited the Serpentarium so I was excited to check it out.

     I love reptiles and yes, even snakes. My only fear of them in the wild is that I am not sure which ones are poisonous and which are not. Therefore, I tend to stay away from them. However, the Serpentarium has lots of information about poisonous snakes and what to do with snake bites. Each snake even had a rating system on their exhibit to show you how deadly the snake bite is.

   The Cape Fear Serpentarium is located in historic downtown Wilmington on Orange Street. It is a ten thousand square foot building that holds over 54 displays of different reptiles, many of which are snakes but there are also, alligators and other reptiles. There are over 150 different animals on display. What was nice was also how "awake" a lot of the snakes are. It was neat to see the snakes slithering around and some even come right up to the glass. It is nice to see some snakes in action. Of course the boys loved it! Xavier was a little young to really appreciate it but he loved looking at some of the animals especially the lizards that were moving so much.

   The Cape Fear Serpentarium is a great place to take your children. It is really good to let them see up close reptiles and different species and even learn about them through the different exhibits. It is very children friendly. When you go chances are you will see a lot of children wandering around with their families. It is stroller friendly, but I would recommend a baby carrier if you have it. As it is a little tight fitting a stroller and it is a very popular place. Also, remember that the Serpentarium is very warm. Reptiles need to be in a warm environment so be sure to dress in cool clothing as you will over heat very quickly.

    All our boys and even the adults enjoyed their time at the Cape Fear Serpentarium and I am excited to take Xavier back when he is a little older. The Cape Fear Serpentarium is definitely something we are going to add into our list of favorite Wilmington attractions.

You can find out more about the Cape Fear Serpentarium on their website,
it is located on 20 Orange St. Wilmington, NC 28403
Their phone number is 910-762-1669
They are open weekdays from 11am-5pm and weekends from 11am-6pm
Admission is $8 per person and children under 2 years old are free

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