Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Around Town- South of the Border

     There are a few blogs I started reading because I was looking for information on Walt Disney world. Then other blogs I started reading because of looking for information on Hawaii. I started thinking. I too live in a tourist area. Not as big as WDW or Hawaii but a destination non the less. So I figured once a week or so I will have a post dedicated to touristy stuff in or near Myrtle Beach, SC. I know my kids are going to LOVE this new feature on my blog because they will get to visit that place:)
     The first post in my around town series is not even in town. LOL But if you travel I-95 to get to South Carolina you passed it and the billion signs telling you to stop! If you guessed South of the Border you are right! I never would have dreamed about stopping. It looks like a little gift shop city. Lots of bright lights, and gifts shops within a block. What caught my eye was the sign for Reptile Lagoon. My son LOVES reptiles! So I had to stop for him.
     Once we walked in we were greeted by a man who was enthusiastic of the reptiles. Not only was he at the front but he strolled around the lagoon and started conversations about the reptiles. He was full of information and was able to answer questions easily.
     The first area had alligators and crocodiles. There were many different species to see. Matthew was most excited to see the Nile Crocodiles!
We then made our way through a tunnel with snakes in glass on either side. Matthew of course was excited about this too! He was able to name the snakes before I could read the information card to him! As a mom I thought it was so cool they had a step stool for the kids to look at the snakes on the top level! At other places I have had to carry him so he could see whatever was on top.

This was the first time I have been someplace that thought to have a stool for the little ones!

We saw PLENTY of snakes!

Another reptile:)

I THINK this guy is the Alligator Snapping Turtle. He lives in SC.
          It took us about 45 minutes to walk through. A perfect stop after driving 8 hours. I'm sure if you had the time you could stretch it longer. Also It could be shorter if you are not as interested as my 6 year old boy:) It was a nice pit stop. We are thinking of making a trip back because he enjoyed it a lot. It's only an hour and half from the beach. So over all it was a clean educational place to stop.

Location: South of the Border 3346 Highway 301 North

Dillon, SC 29547

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday: 10am-7pm

Friday: 10am-9pm

Saturday: 9am-9pm

Sunday: 9am-8pm

Price: Adults $8, Children 12 and under $6
For more information: http://www.thesouthoftheborder.com/     click on Reptile Lagoon


Kay said...

That does look like fun. We enjoy finding places we weren't planning to stop at along our trips from point A to point B. That's what makes travel fun. Being in Hawaii, we don't get to travel very far. That's what makes the mainland so much fun.

Anonymous said...

ew, I hate snakes and reptiles, in genral.