Buggin’ Out: 6 Places to See & Touch Creepy Crawlies

There’s something about bugs that captures kids’ imaginations. From Madagascar hissing cockroaches and giant centipedes, to darkling beetles and pink toe tarantulas—your budding entomologists or little arachnologists will want to get the buzz on these six places where they can see and touch bugs of all shapes and sizes. Click through the gallery for the creepy crawly deets.


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The Reptile Zoo

It’s not just reptiles here! The Reptile Zoo boasts five different types of tarantula: Chilean rose hair, green bottle blue, salmon pink bird eater, pink toe and Mexican red leg. Plus, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, giant cockroaches, Australian spiny leaf insects and a Vietnamese centipede. This awesome museum is very hands-on, which means you’ll have the opportunity to hold the hissing cockroaches and the spiny leaf insects if you dare. Psst…bring your camera and take a pic with the Repitle Zoo’s mascot, Rocko the Cuban Rock Iguana, as he welcomes you to this world of fascinating creatures.

Good to Know: An emperor scorpion will be arriving soon. Check the Zoo’s website for more details.

The Reptile Zoo
27715 State Route 2
Monroe, Wa 98272
360-805-5300
Online: thereptilezoo.org
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Cost: $9.50/Adults; $7.50/Youth (5-17); $6/Toddlers (3-4); 2 & under Free. Seniors and military ask for a discount.

photo: The Reptile Zoo

Have you visited these buggy spots? Do you have a favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

— Helen Walker Green

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