Think Reptiland is only a warm-weather destination? Think again!
The Jones family recently stopped by the zoo and captured some of their visit on video! We love to see zoo experiences through the eyes of our guests, and if you’re wondering what it’s like to visit the zoo during our “off-season,” just watch the video!
(You could also read about the 5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter, but this video does a great job illustrating them!)
We hope this glimpse into the Jones’ visit shows you the many perks of visiting during the off-season . . . and inspires you to come to Reptiland the next time you’ve got a few hours to spare!
This post was updated on 11-20-18.
Don’t let winter put a damper on your family fun . . . get out of the house and head to the zoo!
We may not come to mind when thinking of cold weather activities, but after you check out the 5 advantages of visiting Reptiland this winter, we hope that’ll change!
Come on in, it’s always warm here!
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 them all at room temperature.
If you do feel a chill walking from building to building, just head to Island Giants; you’ll warm up as soon as you get inside. Komodo dragons require extreme heat—like 90+ degrees—so the entire building is incredibly warm. You can also catch a live show here that will feel like a casual conversation with one of our zoo keepers (and the tropical temps will keep your tootsies toasty)!
Things tend to slow down around here during winter, but that just means we’re able to spend more time with you and your family one-on-one!
Unfortunately during warmer months it’s too busy and crowded for animal feedings, but in the winter, we offer them after every show! So when you’re done warming up with the Komodos, head to the Exhibit Gallery to witness an animal feeding. Since the animals that are fed change with every show, you can watch a different species eat at each visit. (One of the many reasons it pays to be a zoo member!)
And don’t forget to catch an Animal Encounter! At 11:30, 1:00, and 2:30 you’ll get the chance to see animals up-close and ask our experts questions—something only offered in the off-season. #winterexclusive
Because there is a little less to see November-April, we take $2 off our regular admission rates. With the lowered rates and more personal attention, you’re actually getting more of an experience for less money!
That’s right, parakeets! While we initially thought we would have to close this exhibit during the winter, we found that parakeets are extremely weather hardy…so that means you can still experience Parakeet Landing when you visit this winter!*
The birds have a heated night house they can fly in and out of, but the actual exhibit space is not heated. Because it gets a little chilly through the colder months, we open this exhibit during select times throughout the day in conjunction with our live shows. That way EVERY guest can spend time with our feathered friends, regardless of the season! (Just be sure to wear a warm jacket . . . )
If you’ve ever visited on a weekend in July, you know that it can get pretty crazy around here . . . While we are always happy to have a “full house,” we know that it can be frustrating for our guests, especially in smaller, more crowded areas of the zoo.
The good news? In the winter, it’s much quieter and more peaceful! There’s no need to hurry so the people behind you can see; there’s no line formed by 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 and every part of the zoo . . . and we hope that you do!
As a small business, we appreciate having guests any time of year, but we encourage you to take advantage of the off-season experience by visiting this winter. We hope to see you soon, but in the mean time, stay warm!
*Please be advised: Parakeet Landing is open daily at select times, however the exhibit’s availability is still dependent on weather. If you are counting on seeing this exhibit, please call us at 570-538-1869 on the day you plan to visit to confirm that it is open.
A similar post first appeared on our blog on November 16, 2015. This post reflects the new offerings and schedule for off-season visits.
This post was updated 12/21/18.
Reptiland is the answer to your last-minute shopping needs!
Open 7 days a week for your convenience, we’ve got plenty of awesome in-store options. We also have gifts that can be purchased over the phone, mailed directly to the recipient, and emailed!
Promote the animal lover in your life to Zoo Parent! When you purchase an adoption package, you are contributing to the daily care of our animals as well as our conservation efforts. And with 10 different animals and 5 packages to choose from, you can customize this gift to your needs!
Natural Selections Gift Shop
The Natural Selections Gift Shop boasts a one-of-a-kind selection of merchandise. In addition to educational toys, books, and other fun gifts for kids, we also carry unique, fair-trade gifts from around the world. These handmade items include jewelry, baskets, ornaments, purses, trinkets, and much more. And of course, we’ve also got plenty of novelty and souvenir items for the zoo lover in your life!
We’re open 10am to 5pm every day through and including Christmas Eve, so stop in and see us. Our staff is happy to help you choose the perfect gift for anyone left on your list!
BONUS: Save 20% on all gift shop purchases of $25+ through December 31, 2018!
The most versatile gift of all time, gift cards are great because they let the recipients choose. Here are a few ways to spend a Reptiland gift card.
- Purchase a Zoo Membership – the gift that keeps on giving . . . the whole year
- Attend our Special Events – throughout the year we host several events including Reading with Reptiles, Birds of Prey Day, Dino Days, and Flashlight Safari
- Experience a Behind-the-Scenes tour – discover the inner-workings of an AZA accredited zoo
- Book a Birthday party – bring your party animals for a WILD birthday celebration
- Feed a tortoise – Meet and feed our two lovable Aldabra tortoises, Al & Henry
- Become a zoo parent and adopt an animal (described above)
- Get some Gift shop goodies – from silly souvenirs to African artifacts and everything in between
- or just come to the zoo for fun day filled with fascinating animals and live shows!
Gift cards can be purchased via phone and mailed directly to the recipient. If you’re really short on time, we’ll even create and email a custom print-out that you can wrap and give to the recipient until the real deal arrives.
The bottom line is, we’re here to help! With a wide range of educational options, one-of-a-kind gift items, and interactive zoo experiences, we’re certain you can find a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list—and quick!
Come to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland for the personalized service and meaningful gifts you won’t find at big-box stores.
Winter 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
It’s the last weekend in October, and we’re going out with a bang. Join us! Celebrate Halloween here at the zoo for a spooktacular weekend.
Treat Bags all Around
Nothing says Halloween like free candy. Visit now through November 1st and get a FREE treat bag! There are fun surprises hidden inside each one, so come claim yours today. Besides, plain old trick-or-treating has nothing on us–we’ve got awesome animals, prehistoric creatures, AND yummy chocolate!
Treat bags available while supplies last.
Last Weekend for Dinos and Butterflies
Take advantage of these exhibits before they close for the season. Sure, they’ll be returning next spring, but who wants to wait that long?
Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! Bigger and better than ever, this year’s exhibit boasts 7 animatronic dinos–the most we’ve ever had!
Experience hundreds of butterflies in flight! Did you know butterflies are found everywhere but Antarctica and they taste with their feet? Learn all this and more with a stroll through our butterfly greenhouse.
Don’t Forget about Fair Trade Month
Our gift shop is full of fair trade treasures, and while we hate to use the “C word” this soon (it rhymes with isthmus), it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping!
So visit this weekend for a win-win-win situation: FREE treat bags for the kiddos (adults, too!), zoo fun for all, and fabulous fair trade gifts that support artisans all over the globe. We can’t think of a better way to spend your Halloween.
Last weekend we hosted Dino Days, an event dedicated to all things prehistoric. It turned out to be a fantastic weekend, despite the uncooperative weather.
Our special guest for this 2-day event was Chris DeLorey, also known as Dr. Dino, Director of Education at the Brevard Zoo. As a paleontologist and dinosaur expert, he’s gone on many digs and has traveled all over the world. He brought fossils and artifacts from his personal collection to share with guests, gave special presentations in our Program Center, and answered all kinds of dino-related questions!
Kids could create their very own fossil rubbing book, and enter to win our Prehistoric Prize Package filled with dino-themed goodies! They also got to take home real dinosaur bone fragments courtesy of Dr. Dino.
It was a fun, educational weekend, and based on all the positive feedback we received, we’re anxious to outdo ourselves next year with another DINO-mite event!
It happens every year: time is running out, and you just need one or two last minute gifts…
We’ve got you covered!
Our Holiday Gift Guide has some great ideas, or enlist the help of our gift shop staff–they’re happy to help you find the perfect gift. From high end items to costume jewelry and the smallest of stocking stuffers, we have it all. We’re also open from 10:00am to 5:00pm through Christmas Eve (closed Christmas day).
Or give the gift of a zoo experience (and buy it over the phone)!
Tour our off-display areas, see animals not exhibited in the zoo, and talk one-on-one with our animal experts.
Ideal for families and individuals alike, our memberships offer unlimited free admissions for one year as well as discounts and other perks!
…and never underestimate the power of Gift Cards! Let the cardholder decide how to spend their zoo dollars, whether it’s on zoo membership, admissions, of merchandise!
No time to stop in and shop? No worries. Give us a call at 570.538.1869 and complete your order over the phone! We’ll even email a file that can be printed and given to the recipient until your gift arrives, complete with a description of what is included (for BTS tours & membership).
Good luck shopping for your last minute gifts, and best wishes for a happy & healthy holiday season!