RAD Zoo (Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo), Owatonna

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  • We stopped here today to get out of the house for a few hours. The staff was super friendly and this was a very fun place for our kids ages six and two. The place is a big pole shed with about every r...  more »
  • This is a great stop for kids! There are som many animals!!!! The appearance could use some help, but it doesn’t change the experience for the kids! We’ve gone several times and will keep going back.  more »
  • I was very underwhelmed when we pulled up to what looked like a pole she'd and wasn't sure about dropping close to 30$ for my husband, child and myself to go. But my sister had said great things about...  more »
  • We had them come home for our 5 year old birthday party and it was amazing. The kids were super excited and they got to learn about some animals they may not have read about before and python was a total hit among kids.,. They loved him. We had this in our basement area.... which was plenty to accommodate 20 lil 5 year old and the presenter
  • I've been to several reptile zoos. My kiddo has enjoyed them for the most part. The Reptile & Amphibian Zoo is different mainly because of the people that run it! My daughter is 9 and she is pretty brave. She got to hold a python, I mean a huge python! She also got to hold an alligator too. The owners are genuinely knowledgeable and fantastic with kids, in fact one of their little girls was helping out too and she knows a fair amount as well! My daughter and I had a fantastic time. The building is old the displays are not state of the art but the experience was awesome! We will go again even with an hour and a half drive.
  • A great place to stop. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the exhibits are amazing and they have a few critters that you can handle. Big Al is an amazing sight.
  • I volunteered here for 3 weeks. Many complaints. An 8" mud turtle was kept in a 15 gallon tank. A 30lb snapping turtle was kept in a Rubbermaid tub, maybe 50-60 gallons at best. A 10-12 foot alligator, (maybe crocodile, its been a couple years, pretty sure it was an American alligator) had about 2-3 feet of water to "swim" in, and about 14x14 feet of space. All 3 of the animals mentioned above, notice how they barely had room to turn around? Disgusting and inhumane for captive animals. On my 3rd day of volunteering, I asked what I should do. The PAID guy 'training' me said, "do the same thing you did the last time." The thing I did last time was: walk around and spray lizards with a bottle of water, and clean 2 tanks. How is that supposed to fill 7 hours of volunteering? I would expect that you teach me how to do things YOUR way, or the zoo's way. Show me the daily routine. Introduce me to different reptiles. Educate me. Put me to work. I would give .2/5 stars if I could.
  • This place has a lot to look at and the show was interesting for my 7 and 4 year old. The staff were really nice and great with kids. Definitely recommend this attraction if you're traveling through Our.

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