Cold-blooded animals' body temperatures rely on external forces, such as the hot rays of the sun, icy gusts of wind, or the cool blast of a favorite chewing gum. Ogle nature's thermometers with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $3 for one general-admission ticket (a $6 value)
- $49 for $99 toward a VIP after-hours tour for up to five people, an offsite presentation, or a birthday party
This Groupon covers the full cost of a VIP after-hours tour, which includes a personal guide, a framed group photo with an animal, and an opportunity to help feed the animals. Tour-goers can add friends to the group at a rate of $10 per guest. Zookeepers also bring select animals to educational events, such as library presentations, festival appearances, and lessons for homeschool groups ($149–$199 per hour; $599+ per full day). Alternatively, reptile lovers can opt to have an animal show at their birthday party.
Cold Blooded Encounters Science Center
Cold Blooded Encounters fills guests' days with a variety of science-related exhibits, interactive presentations, and games. The newly-opened Science Center schools visitors on topics from fossils and gemstones to fun kitchen chemistry and turtle races. At the Reptile Zoo meanwhile, an affable red-footed tortoise named Confucius and a gentle black rat snake named Oreo greet visitors. Secluded and multispecies habitats house more than 150 species of amphibians, fish, reptiles, and invertebrates, including fire salamanders, jewel cichlids, Kenyan sand boas, and whip scorpions.
Annual memberships grant gift-shop discounts, guest passes, and a family photo posed with an animal. Cold Blooded Encounters also reaches out to school groups from preschools to colleges with effusive educational programs and sends ambassadors to birthday parties, where children can help feed turtles or pose for photos with 8-foot snakes.
3513 W US Hwy. 74
Monroe, North Carolina 28110