4 Reasons Why Winter is a Great Time to Visit

new front entranceWinter weather can easily put a damper on your family fun…but it doesn’t have to!

The zoo might not be your first thought when thinking of things to do, but here are 4 reasons why winter is a great time to visit Reptiland.

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Escape the cold in our indoor Exhibit Gallery, where you can see nearly 40 species of reptiles and amphibians under one roof! You might feel like you’re in the great outdoors with our naturalistic habitats, but you’ll be enjoying it all at a cozy room temperature.

If you do feel a chill walking to the Island Giants building, don’t worry—you’ll warm up as soon as you get inside. Komodo dragons require extreme heat, and inside their exhibit space it’s over 90° F! You can also catch a Winter Warm-up in this building, a 30-minute show sure to keep your tootsies toasty!

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Things tend to slow down here during the off-season, but that just means we’re able to spend more time with you and your family one-on-one!


Winter Warm-ups are great for staying warm, but they also offer a chance to learn about reptiles in a very intimate, casual setting. After these shows, you can join our keeper in the gallery to watch one of the animals get fed. Our Animal Encounters take place at 11:30, 1:00, and 2:30 and let you see animals up-close and ask questions. These feedings and encounters are not done any other time of the year, and they make each visit unique and special.
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Because our seasonal exhibits are closed from November-April, we take $2 off our regular admission prices. With the lowered rates and more personal attention, you’re actually getting more of an experience for less money.

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If you’ve ever been here on a weekend in July, you know that it can get pretty busy… While we are always thankful to have a full house (the more the merrier), we understand that it can be frustrating for our visitors—especially the kiddos.

The good news is, during winter there’s no need to hurry so the people behind you can see; there’s no waiting in line at the restrooms; no hold-ups at the admissions desk; and most importantly, no waiting to see your favorite animal in the gallery! You’re able to take your time enjoying each part of the zoo…and we hope that you do.

As a small business, we appreciate having guests any day of the year, but we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that the off-season brings by visiting this winter!

Reptiland Hours

Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day
Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM

Day after Labor Day - Friday preceding Memorial Day
Open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM

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