Friday, 24 May 2013

Family day out at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, Allenwood, Pa!

Over the last weekend we took a family day out to a little known place in Allenwood, PA. called Reptiland, which is a small reptile zoo housing various exotic snakes, turtles, alligators and more!

We drove 2 hours to get there, and on arrival were welcomed by friendly staff willing to help us out - even when, for some strange reason my husband's debit card wouldn't swipe and then, when it did, they over charged us for an extra child we didn't have, but swiftly refunded the difference without any problem at all!

We had our hands stamped following payment and headed through the gates to the park! It was all very much smooth sailing from there on out!

Greeted first by a batch of turtles in an outside enclosure, the children were immediately thrown into excitement mode and we walked around a little before going inside to the butterfly house!

The butterfly house is warm and inviting and home to a number of different species of butterfly, which you can see above, beside and around you the whole way through! One landed on my camera and my daughter was extremely impressed, which made my day and put a smile on her face! We learned some interesting facts that even I didn't know and made our way out in fairly good time!

We were then off to the main reptile exhibit, which is composed of several tanks full of everything from snakes to turtles, dart frogs and chameleons! The kids enjoyed learning about where the animals were from, how big they were, what they ate and how dangerous they might be if you were unlucky enough to encounter one in the wild! (Photo to the right shows a Green Mamba, which is absolutely beautiful!).

My husband adored the snake-necked turtles and my daughter loved the frogs, while our son's both seemed quite taken by the snapping turtle and the alligators, which we were just in time to see being fed! Here is a link to a short clip of those smarty pants in action: CLICK HERE!

We then headed back to the reptile exhibit and the kids ogled at the turtles some more before heading to eat some lunch! We packed a picnic, which seemed like the logical choice and Reptiland does have picnic tables and a small indoor cafe on site, so you are more than well able to stop for a spot of lunch! The kids filled themselves up and we headed on back inside!

We headed for the 1:30pm talk, which is a talk held through the day at various times for a little fun educational information for the whole family to enjoy, followed by a short session where you are allowed to interact with the animals shown during the talk, which is always a lot of fun for the everyone!! The talk lasted for about a half an hour and was pretty informative - I learned something new for sure!

After the talk, we headed back inside, through the reptile exhibit and out a back door towards the animated dinosaur park! There are large tortoises on the way, which have been with Reptiland for decades and a soon-to-be komodo dragon exhibit, which should be open by July, and for which we hope to go back to see!

As we headed towards the dinosaurs, there is a little sand pit dig site for the kids to discover little fossils before walking out into the world of dinosaurs, which are all brightly colored and slightly animated with movement and sound! The one even spits water at you, which the children especially took a liking to and caused a lot of giggling and laughter!

My 2 year old was a little skeptical of the dinosaurs and felt a need to save us all from each one, but on the way around she spotted some live Emu and absolutely adored those - even if she did think they were giant chickens!! We popped a quarter into the machine for some food and let the kids feed the Emu, which they thought was fairly neat, if not a little strange in the way of sensation! The 9 year old thought it was amazing and kept saying "That's SO COOOOL!" when they took a nibble, just before checking to make sure all of his fingers were still attached!

We headed on out of the dinosaur area and back inside after the last few dinosaurs and gave the kids another look around at the reptiles and snakes and really just let them do a little exploring until it was time to think about heading on home!

On the way out, we stopped at the gift shop, which has a nice array of shirts, toys and other trinkets to remember your trip by, which were at a reasonable price, and then off we went, after a short goodbye, back to the car to head on home!

All in all, the day went absolutely spectacularly, as planned and with very few hiccups! Reptiland is quite a small zoo but easily a couple of hours fun and education for the entire family! With ticket prices at just $12 per child, $14 per adult and children under 3 Free, you really CAN afford to spend the afternoon here for a fabulous family trip out!

If you would like to find out more about Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, you can head on over to their website HERE and check them out today! What are you waiting for!

Disclaimer: I was not in any way compensated for this review and all opinions are my own, thank you!


Nicole said...

Oh fun!! My kids would LOVED this place!

Angel said...

I want to go!! Thanks for sharing your families day with us. =)

Maria Long said...

what a fun adventure I would not be heading near the snake exhibit caged or not:) have a great weekend

lanie craig said...

what a fun place,little boys and Dads too will love it!

Amy said...

That looks like a lot of fun!

Go Bronson! said...

It was a TON of fun! Definitely recommended!

Melissa said...

Hubs & I were just talking about taking a weekend trip to PA w the kids this summer! I know they'll love this too, so it's been added to our list. Thanks!!

Christine Cunningham said...

gorgeous photos :) my husband would love that place