ANGLETON, Tex. (KBTX) - We cruised south of Houston to Angleton to the crocodile capital of Texas, then to a cafe right off the runway.
The Crocodile Encounter is home to the largest group of crocodiles in North America. The park is home to hundreds of crocodiles: 135 of them are Nile crocodiles.
Chris Dieter was a teacher for years before he started the Crocodile Encounter. One of his main goals is to provide an interactive and educational experience for visitors.
"When they move in and that crocodile comes up and you see that crocodile rise out of the water and the jaws open up, you can see that sense of awe and everyone should have that sense of awe about something," said Dieter.
You'll have the chance to learn about different types of crocodiles and the differences between crocodiles and alligators.
You can even feed some of the other species found in the park. There are bongos, tortoises, pigs, lemurs, kangaroos, and more.
If you're feeling brave, you can pet baby alligators, snakes, and even a bearded dragon.
If all that adventure works up an appetite, Runway Cafe is not far away.
"Families bring their kids out here and they line up here and watch the planes and the planes park right here," explained Yanara Ou, owner of Runway Cafe.
The casual dining spot is located feet from where planes land at the Texas Gulf Coast Regional airport.
The planes may keep you entertained, but you won't be disappointed by the menu either.
"We have steaks all the way up to crab legs, lobster tails, and on the cheaper side, we have hamburgers, we have a lot on the kids menu," said Ou.
From grilled shrimp to fried favorites, we didn't take off till were stuffed.
"In the evening it's beautiful because the sunset. You can see from the inside, off those trees and it look beautiful," said Ou.
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