Edisto Island Serpentarium, Edisto Island

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  • It is a family destination, but we as two women enjoyed it. Gators are impressive. Turtles were active and cute. Nice facility. We did not get to see the gators eat b/c of the time of year. It it... 
    It is a family destination, but we as two women enjoyed it. Gators are impressive. Turtles were active and cute. Nice facility. We did not get to see the gators eat b/c of the time of year. It it...  more »
  • This was a treasure of exploring and learning. Our group of 8 adults and 2 children learned so much about the snakes and alligators. We watched 4 shows, and the presenters had the audiences in their.....  more
    This was a treasure of exploring and learning. Our group of 8 adults and 2 children learned so much about the snakes and alligators. We watched 4 shows, and the presenters had the audiences in their.....  more »
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  • Loved the visit. They have gator feeding shows at 12:00p and 3:00p. They tell you a bit about the gators and the gators even know their names! There‚Äôs so much to see and do. Well worth the ticket price! Make sure to visit alligator alley!
  • A small serpentarium located on Edisto Island right off a main road about a 3 hour drive from Columbia SC. Worth the drive for sure. Purchasing a pass gives you access to all the exhibits and shows. I suggest taking a couple hours to enjoy the facility and the area. My sister and I arrived around Mid Morning from Columbia. We purchased our tickets at the store and went directly to a animal-handler show in the small, covered, outdoor theater with tiered benches. After that we wandered around the majority of the outdoors exhibits and took in the Alligator feeding show. By this time we were hungry and instead of getting random junk food at the canteen we left the facility in search of food before the next show we wanted to watch. We found a place 7 minutes down the road, had lunch and came back. We made our way straight to the outdoor Non venomous snake enclosure to watch the feeding. I do not recommend this to small children who will be uncomfortable with mice being killed. As an adult it was fascinating to watch the snakes so activity and a rare chance to watch then stalk prey and utilize their various skills and techniques. There is no seating and every spot is a good spot for viewing as they basically set mice free through the exhibit and you can watch non venomous snakes eating in the water, on the ground and in the trees. After that we moved to the venomous snake live feeding which was much less action-filled as they use toxins to kill their prey and are much less active. These shows were only available on certain days. After that it was quite hot in the sun so we went indoors and wandered around the small indoor section of exhibits, where they were also feeding the animals. We also wandered the gift shop before heading out and back to Columbia. I would not make this a whole day trip again but if I was in the area I might go back and have a wander. One time with the live feedings was enough for both my sister and I. I recommend McConkey's Jungle Shack for lunch. They had wonderful seafood and were very close to the serpentarium. It can get quite busy mid-day in July so be prepared to wait a little, if you want to sit down on the porch. They do take-away, which is what we did and ate in the blissful air-conditioning of the car listening to music. Serpentarium Amenities: Souvenir Shop Parking Lot Canteen to buy food Rest Rooms Shows: (Not all shows available every day) Animal Feeding Non Venomous Snake Feeding Venomous Snake Feeding Alligator Feeding Animal Handling Good For: Families Couples Adults Children (viewer discretion advised for live feedings.)

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