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The Reptarium in Utica – A Fascinating Encounter with Reptiles – Updated April 2024

Nestled in the heart of Utica, Michigan, lies a hidden gem awaiting discovery by reptile enthusiasts and curious adventurers alike. Welcome to The Reptarium, a captivating destination where visitors embark on a journey into the fascinating realm of reptiles. Founded by renowned reptile expert Brian Barczyk, The Reptarium Utica offers an immersive experience. Guests marvel at a diverse array of reptilian inhabitants. The can also participate in hands-on animal encounters, and gain deeper insights into these remarkable creatures’ lives and conservation efforts. Delve into the wonders of The Reptarium, where every visit promises an unforgettable adventure and a newfound appreciation for the world of reptiles.

The Reptarium in Utica

The Animals at The Reptarium Utica

The newly expanded 6,000 square foot space offers visitors the opportunity to see roughly 200 different species of animals, including snakes, lizards, alligators, and more. From rare and exotic species to familiar favorites, each animal captivates visitors with its unique characteristics and behaviors. During public tours, guests will be able to interact with several pre-selected animals. However, if you have your heart set on having an up-close encounter with a special animal, simply ask one of the staff members for assistance, they will accommodate you as long as the animals can come out of their enclosure.

For those seeking a more immersive encounter, The Reptarium offers up close experiences that allow guests to interact with select reptiles under the supervision of knowledgeable staff. These experiences provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about and appreciate these fascinating creatures up close.

Visitors can enhance their experience by exploring the variety of extras available at the Gift Shop for an additional fee. Options include indulging in a Fish Spa treatment and participating in animal feedings. You may also get the chance to engage in exclusive encounters with fascinating creatures such as Drogo the Sloth, Brillo the Six Banded Armadillo, Javier the Capybara, and Sid the African Crested Porcupine. Please note that the availability of these encounters is determined each day by the zookeeper on staff.

Visit the Reptarium Utica

Hours: The Reptarium offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of reptiles from Thursday through Sunday. Thursday hours are from 4 pm until 8 pm. Friday and Saturday hours are from 4 pm until 9 pm. Finally, Sunday hours are from 3 pm until 7 pm.

Location: Nestled in the heart of Utica, Michigan, The Reptarium provides easy access for reptile enthusiasts and curious visitors alike. Its central location makes it an ideal destination for families and individuals seeking an unforgettable reptile experience.

Repatrium address: 45559 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, MI 48317
Located on the west side of Van Dyke just a few blocks north of M-59.

Tickets: Embark on a captivating journey at The Reptarium. Guests can enjoy a hands-on and interactive experience with a fascinating array of animal ambassadors. From snakes and spiders to alligators, tortoises, lizards, and geckos, there’s something for everyone to discover. The 60-minute visit includes access to the zoo and ample opportunities for hands-on interaction with the reptiles. If you would like to extend your exploration, then you can purchase multiple time-slots to prolong the adventure. Please note that each time-slot has limited availability, and tickets must be purchased online in advance to secure entry.

General admission prices (as of 4/7/24) are $14.99 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $11.99 for children (ages 2 to 11). Children under 2 years old enjoy free admission, and reservations are not required.

Other Program Offered

Private Tours: For a personalized and exclusive experience, guests can opt for private tours of The Reptarium. Led by experienced guides, these tours offer deeper insights into the facility’s inhabitants and conservation efforts. The also provide a tailored experience for participants.

Zoo to You: The Reptarium extends its outreach beyond its physical location with its Zoo to You program. Through educational presentations and live animal demonstrations, The Reptarium brings the wonder of reptiles directly to schools, events, and organizations across the region.

The Owner Brian Barczyk

The Reptarium, founded by Brian Barczyk, reflects his passion for reptiles. Barczyk is highly respected in the reptile community for his expertise and dedication to education. As a dedicated daily vlogger since May 10, 2016, Barczyk shared a life rich with diverse animal encounters through his YouTube channel. His participation in the television series “Venom Hunters” and the production of the documentary “Brian In The Wild” in South Africa showcased his commitment to wildlife education. Additionally, he initiated a podcast, founded a convention for animal content creators called “AnimalConUSA”, and developed The Reptarium.

Despite facing a diagnosis of inoperable Pancreatic Cancer in March 2023, Barczyk’s determination and the unwavering support of the YouTube community encouraged him to continue sharing his journey. With renewed commitment, Barczyk embarked on developing the expanded facility, named Legasea Aquarium, adjacent to The Reptarium. This endeavor symbolizes resilience and the pursuit of dreams during challenging times, with invaluable support from the #ReptileArmy community. Together, they are transforming obstacles into opportunities, endeavoring to secure a brighter future for reptiles and all animals, while inspiring others to pursue their passions amidst adversity.

In January 2024, the Reptarium Team, along with the Barczyk family, announced the passing of their beloved founder Brian Barczyk. More than the guiding light of the organization, Barczyk’s fervent passion for reptiles and wildlife, along with his steadfast dedication to education, has touched innumerable hearts and minds globally.

Legasea Aquarium Coming in June of 2024

Excitement abounds as the grand opening of the brand new 30,000 square foot facility, The Legasea Aquarium, is coming soon! Combining the allure of amazing reptiles and mammals with the enchantment of a new aquarium, this forthcoming attraction promises an unforgettable experience. Although still under construction, with an anticipated opening in June 2024, an exact opening date remains to be scheduled. Stay tuned for announcements on social media regarding individual General Admission pricing, while one-year memberships are already available for purchase on the website. Pricing for events is yet to be determined, but those interested in receiving updates on special events can fill out a form on the website for future outreach.

Photo Gallery: Capture memories to last a lifetime with a visit to The Reptarium’s photo gallery. Guests can snap photos with their favorite reptiles and share their experiences with friends and family, creating lasting mementos of their time at this extraordinary destination.

In conclusion, The Reptarium in Utica offers an unparalleled opportunity to discover the fascinating world of reptiles. With its diverse collection of animals, immersive experiences, and commitment to education, The Reptarium promises an unforgettable adventure for visitors of all ages.

Reptarium in Utica

Connect with The Reptarium

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

You can also follow founder Brian Barczyk or AninalBytesTV on YouTube.

The Reptarium in Utica Photo Gallery

Have a pet lover in your family? You might also enjoy a visit to Upland Hills Farm or The Catfe Lounge.

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