Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary Athens

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Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary
1698 Michigan 66
Tel: 269 729 4802

Where are we going today?

If you want an animal experience with a difference, the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary might just be what you need!

See at this Michigan experience, it's a zoo with a difference! All of the reptiles and amphibians here have been rescued, so every animals has a story! Kids can not only learn about the creatures themselves, and their habits and habitats, but they can also understand what it means to look after animals. It's so important we look after them in the wild!

All of the animals have been re-homed here to the sanctuary, and any that were hurt have been looked after and rehabilitated.

There are so many great exhibits within the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary too, that kids can really get a taste of different species and landscapes!

You can say hello to Godzilla, the 30 year old alligator in his swamp, or you can see all the baby alligators in the nursery. In the greenhouse, explore under the canopy of tropical plants and see a host of wildlife, from tree frogs, to praying mantis, and even giant toads!

There might even be the giant African Tortoise digging his over tunnels and caves on the plains, and straight from the Australian wilderness you will see the Bearded Dragon.

The sanctuary also offers hands on opportunities as well as observation, particularly in the programs which are pre booked. 

There are so many animal encounters that the kids can enjoy, that it really is an animal experience with a difference! 

Are you ready to come face to face with Godzilla? We think so!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7.95
  • Children$7.95
  • Free Under: 2 years.

When can we go?

12pm - 4pm daily in winter. Extended hours in summer

Year round

Teachers corner

They can come to you, or they can accommodate large groups at the sanctuary! A great hands-on learning experience for kids of all ages - including HOLDING snakes, lizards, and other cute creatures!.

Any Top Tips?

There are great programs and experiences that are offered at an additional cost, but worth it!.

Doing our bit

They are all about the protection and conservation of the animals, and ensure all of the creatures are looked after when rescued, and cared for life in the sanctuary.

Need a little extra help?

They are handicap accessible!.

Can I get one of those?

They have a variety of animals on display and reptile related toys for sale so bring that pocket money, because you will want to visit the gift shop!.

More information

Birthday parties offered too!.

What people are saying?

  • "Best Hidden Treasure in Michigan"

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    My then 5 year old son and I spent an entire day at the Alligator Sanctuary last year. I can't say enough good things about this place! Mr. C was amazingly patient and full of knowledge that he was willing to pass on. Definitely somewhere we will be headed again this year. This is Michigan's Best Hidden Treasure ever!

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