What makes us really different? Well that would be the eclectic nature of our free exhibits and interesting displays. The largest collection in North American of taxidermy animals, on free public display is located at the Shell Factory. The estimated value is over six million dollars. An amazing sea shell replica of All Saints Church is the signature piece of our Shell Museum.
When we say “family friendly” we mean it, including the four-legged members of the family. Our entire retail store (68,000 square feet) is dog friendly. We have two outdoor eateries; Dogbones Café and the Swamp that serve dog treats and have water bowls available. This past fall we completed “Doggy Heaven” our new canine sports park. The free run area is open dawn to dusk and is free to the public. The private area is run by organizations that teach agility, host Weiner Dog Races and train dogs to compete in water sports. We recently hosted the National Dock Dog World Qualifiers at the Doggy Heaven swim facility. Every Sunday at 12:30 p.m., we host doggy church for our favorite pets and their families.
Our Fun Park is designed for the young and young at heart. Get wet and wild on the bumper boats, pitch a few water balloons at water wars and see if you are ready for the “masters” with a round of miniature golf.
The Nature Park with its botanical trails has expanded yearly and now has thousands of plants and close to four hundred animals, reptiles, birds and fish. Wandering through the botanical trails visitors encounter animal habitats from an armadillo to a zebra, the ecological laboratory, petting farm, touch center, alligator slough, aviaries and they may even encounter a zookeeper with an interesting description or anecdote about one of the amazing creatures that call the Nature Park home. As a work in progress the Nature Park is always expanding, improving, and acquiring new inhabitants, many which are donations or rescues. Our Nature Park Environmental Education Foundation has raised capital sufficient to fund field trips for over forty thousand school children who otherwise would have been unable to visit the attraction.