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Dade City's Wild Things Dade City

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Dade City's Wild Things
37237 Meridian Ave
Dade City
FL
33525
Tel: 352-567-9453

Where are we going today?

Are you ready for an animal adventure? We certainly are! Dade City's Wild Things is a very cool 22 acres of zoo, located in the heart of historical Dade City.

This family friendly zoo will take you closer to incredible animals than you ever imagined! Their Sunken Jungle Trek and Jungle Safari Rides are guided adventures perfect for teaching the family all about these amazing creatures.

Dade City's Wild Things prides itself on offering a beautiful, natural setting for the animals, rather than "cages". It's also the perfect way to come face to face with swimming otters, mischievous monkeys and those terrific tigers!

Some times your tour group will get as close as 3 feet away! 

This amazing Florida zoo also has other brilliant wildlife encounters, such as swimming with tigers or alligators - pretty cool! Did you ever think that you would be sharing water with a tiger cub?

There are also impressive animal encounters, which you can add as an addition to any of the tours or packages. 

Dade City's Wild Things really has the animals best interests at heart, so you know that all of the animals there are happy and healthy. This is better for you too, because it will make your experience that much more special!

So why not grab those cameras, and that roar-ing sense of adventure, and have an amazing animal adventure in the Sunshine State!

It's a Roar-ing idea!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsTours from $14.99
  • ChildrenTours from $12.99 (Ages 2 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Guided tours 9am - 5pm Tues to Sun

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Teachers corner

They offer group discounts, as well as educational programs perfect for having that amazing experience outside of the classroom!.

I'm Hungry!

They only have snacks and drinks, but you can bring your own lunch to enjoy at the gift shop..

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you wear comfortable, slip resistant shoes because the setting is natural, so the terrain is often uneven and hilly.

Doing our bit

The zoo have ensured a safe and natural setting so the animals feel at home. The profits are also put into the park to keep the animals as happy as can be!.

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how their tours can accomodate you.

Can I get one of those?

There of course is a gift shop where you can pick up all your fun zoo themed items. All of the proceeds to towards supporting the animals!.

More information

Tours stars at the gift shop.

What people are saying?

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    The owner's defensive responses to the negative reviews here are absurd. I don't need to have PETA or any other animal welfare organization tell me about this horrendous place in order to form an opinion about it. I saw with my own eyes the small, unnatural enclosures these poor animals are forced to live in and the tiger cubs being forced to swim over and over with strangers is NOT normal and has NOTHING to do with a tiger's natural inclination to swim as it would in the wild. First of all, the mother would be with her cubs if they wanted to...Read More

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    This was the worst experience ever. It absolutely broke my heart and I had bad dreams for several days following my visit. First off, the tigers do not seem happy. I feel as though they are being exploited. After our visit, it was interesting to learn that the USDA is investigating them for cruelty and other business practices which harm the animals. This came as NO surprise to me, as our entire group was pretty-much feeling the same way when we left. The animals are not taken care of. Case in point: one of the tigers looked very scared. I have...Read More

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    I used to volunteer at the zoo and I can't put into words how amazing this place is! Mrs Kathy really loves every single animal at the zoo! She carefully picks her volunteers and staff! It's such a wonderful experience and so neat to be able to see the animals so up close.

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    My daughter did the tiger swim and it really is a once in a lifetime thing. It was neat but I was always pretty disappointed. When I called to book the lady was very rushed and didn't want to explain or spend time answering my questions. I went in expecting something different cause she didn't bother explaining anything. I thought it was going to be a more private experience, it's not! You enter with a group and I think we lucked out and our swim group only had 4 people. They charge bystanders(anyone not swimming)$10/person to stand behind a giant...Read More

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    Dade City's Wild Things is one of the most appalling places I have been to in my entire life. The animals there are kept in very small enclosures-- so small with no room for exercise, interaction, or anything. I have been to zoos throughout my life (which I am also not the biggest fan of), but most zoos provide a little more room for their animals and habitats that more closely resemble the outdoors. Dade City's Wild Things makes it apparent that they do not care for their animals' welfare and solely care about economic profit. For example, it costs...Read More

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by Izabela Bartoszuk

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The owner's defensive responses to the negative reviews here are absurd. I don't need to have PETA or any other animal welfare organization tell me about this horrendous place in order to form an opinion about it. I saw with my own eyes the small, unnatural enclosures these poor animals are forced to live in and the tiger cubs being forced to swim over and over with strangers is NOT normal and has NOTHING to do with a tiger's natural inclination to swim as it would in the wild. First of all, the mother would be with her cubs if they wanted to take a dip in the water and she would not be forcing them to keep swimming back and forth alongside groups of people while being posed for entire photo sessions. And how convenient that each time the owner has replied to the negative comments here, not once has he acknowledged and explained what happens to these cubs when they get too big to be used in encounters and swimming with visitors. Nothing this disgusting operation does is in the best interest of the animals. It exploits these poor creatures and abuses them as babies during their short young lives in order to make thousands of $$ off of them and then once they get too big, I shudder to think what happens to them. Only low-life, lazy scum would choose to make their living off of the inhumane treatment of those that have no voice (or choice).

by Kimberly Wimmer

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This was the worst experience ever. It absolutely broke my heart and I had bad dreams for several days following my visit. First off, the tigers do not seem happy. I feel as though they are being exploited. After our visit, it was interesting to learn that the USDA is investigating them for cruelty and other business practices which harm the animals. This came as NO surprise to me, as our entire group was pretty-much feeling the same way when we left. The animals are not taken care of. Case in point: one of the tigers looked very scared. I have owned cats my entire life, and I will say that there are commonalities between domestic cats and the expressions in baby tigers....it's clear to any cat owner/lover. This tiger had their ears in a position where they were just NOT HAPPY. I felt terrible even going to this place and being a part of it. I would NOT go back and would NOT recommend it to anyone. I recently went to Tippi Hendren's place in Action, CA, as well (Roar Foundation/Shambala), and that is a LEGITIMATE rescue organization for tigers who have been mis-treated by places such as this. I can only pray these tigers end up at Shambala in the future, vs. having to go swimming for humans for a price. It's a joke. What cat likes to swim!? This is torture to these creatures. :(

by Jessica D

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My daughter did the tiger swim and it really is a once in a lifetime thing. It was neat but I was always pretty disappointed. When I called to book the lady was very rushed and didn't want to explain or spend time answering my questions. I went in expecting something different cause she didn't bother explaining anything. I thought it was going to be a more private experience, it's not! You enter with a group and I think we lucked out and our swim group only had 4 people. They charge bystanders(anyone not swimming)$10/person to stand behind a giant fence where there is no shade and you aren't even allowed to take pictures. In total the group was probably with the tiger for an hour but my daughter got maybe 5min worth by herself and it was just for picture taking. You also really aren't allowed to play or do anything with her besides pet her back and belly. It was neat but I was expecting more.
A few of the big negatives was Remington the tiger was in a very small enclosure connected to the swim area. They said they are in the process of making a larger enclosure, I guess time will tell. I do find it a big negative to not be able to take any pictures. They make it seem like they are hiding something. They are also a profit company, they say non profit but you don't charge $200/person for a tiger swim and then $10/person for people to just stand there. They made almost $1000 just on our swim and they do that about 5 swims a day.
This is also a no handicap accessible place and no strollers. I'm glad I didn't bring my handicap son cause she didn't bother mentioning that over the phone.

by Jessica Hatz

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Dade City's Wild Things is one of the most appalling places I have been to in my entire life. The animals there are kept in very small enclosures-- so small with no room for exercise, interaction, or anything. I have been to zoos throughout my life (which I am also not the biggest fan of), but most zoos provide a little more room for their animals and habitats that more closely resemble the outdoors. Dade City's Wild Things makes it apparent that they do not care for their animals' welfare and solely care about economic profit. For example, it costs $250 PER PERSON to swim with a baby tiger in a pool. For one, why would anyone want to swim with a tiger in a pool? Tigers are land animals. Two, $250?? Are you kidding me? The people who run this place either have to be drug or gambling addicts-- where is this money going? It's absolutely not going towards improving the place or the welfare of the animals.

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