Despite their generally small stature, modern lizards are actually the cousins of dinosaurs, which is why geckos are rarely picked on in high school. Stay in the good graces of supersized reptiles with today's Groupon: for $7, you get two general admission tickets to the Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo in Owatonna (a value of up to $15, depending on age). The Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo offers indoor, family-friendly entertainment, introducing visitors to 100 different species from around the world using naturalistic re-creations of the animals' native environments. Witness the daily antics of exotic red-eyed tree frogs and giant cane toads, or get to know your neighborhood shell jockeys at the Minnesotan turtle pool. Seek out Bella, the 14-foot python, or Big Al, a 12-foot alligator who's occasionally heard bellowing or reciting the state capitals in alphabetical order. You can also catch a daily "Everglades Encounter" show and learn about the denizens of the Florida swamp, after which you can pet an alligator or talk baseball with a snake.
- This is an excellent presentation for children. It is educational, interesting, and a lot of fun. The students loved being able to see and touch a variety of reptiles and amphibians. – Kristen D.
- My husband spotted the sign on the building, so we decided to swing by & check it out. All of us had a fantastic time. A great reptile zoo. – Melissa A. P., Facebook
Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo
Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo's troupe of snake-taming animal lovers tend to more than a hundred species of reptiles and amphibians, creating a nurturing environment that cares for the creatures and educates the public. From lizards and snakes to crocodilians and tortoises, the zoo's menagerie contains specimen both docile and hostile, and visitors often pose for pictures with animals to commemorate their visit to the zoo. After being successfully raised by sage clans of snapping turtles, each keeper draws on their years of experience and love of animals to conduct presentations and seminars during visits to the zoo.
3297 County Rd. 45 N
Owatonna, Minnesota 55060Get Directions