Zoos in Alabama with kids

It’s animal time in Alabama, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Alabama because The Heart of Dixie has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Birmingham Zoo

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    Birmingham

    Over 122 acres of amazing zoo space for the whole family to explore, with over 950 animals waiting to say hi! Animal fun in Birmingham, Alabama!

  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

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    Gulf Shores

    The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Home of Animal Planet's The Little Zoo That Could with more than 300 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Monkeys, Macaws and more!

  • Mobile Zoo

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    Wilmer

    The zoo was established for education and continuing the existence of endangered/non-endangered wildlife. You can see wildlife from all over the world and learn about them. Tour our main building ...

  • The Montgomery Zoo

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    Montgomery

    Penetrate deep into the jungles of South America. Travel the savannahs of Africa or the hilltops of Asia. Venture the tall grasses of the North American plains. See the Zebras graze on the plains ...

  • Estuarium

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    Dauphin Island

    Learn about the marine environment around Alabama at this family aquarium with over 100 species on display!

  • Animal House Zoological Park

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    Moulton

    A sanctuary opened to prevent the mistreatment of animals. A zoological park housing 300 animals of different species. A homely center within 60 acres of country that offers the opportunity to see ...

  • Tigers for Tomorrow at Untamed Mountain

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    Attalla

    An exotic animal park and rescue preserve where families can enjoy over 80 large predators, including tigers, leopards and bears, that call this reserve home, as well as a full contact barnyard.

  • McClellands Critters

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    Banks

    A family zoo with a laid back attitude and a nice range of animals from the domestic to the exotic to visit with and kids can often get involved with feeding.

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  • The Gulf Bowl

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    Foley

    We offer 24 high quality lanes with easy automatic scoring for Family, friends and league bowling. Cosmic Bowling every Saturday night from 10 PM - 1 AM. Join a league, have a party, or just bowl ...

  • The Track Recreation Center

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    Gulf Shores

    The Track is your Family Fun and Recreation Center in Gulf Shores, Alabama!

  • Stomp n Shout

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    Birmingham

    In the small and large zones there are physical and imagination play equipment, plus toys and games and a family friendly video arcade. They also offer educational camps with varying themes plus ...

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

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    Birmingham

    On our 1,011 acre forested urban nature center and certified wildlife habitat, we offer educational programs, weekend activities, and over 11 miles of footpaths for hiking and birding.

  • Huntsville Botanical Garden

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    Huntsville

    The Garden provides a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups to expand their knowledge of plants and nature. Programs are offered for adults and children, individually and in groups.

  • Russell Cave National Monument

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    Bridgeport

    Explore this national monument cave in Alabama that was once home to prehistoric people, with history and outdoor adventure waiting for the family!

  • Horseshoe Bend NMP

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    Daviston

    In the spring of 1814, General Andrew Jackson and an army of 3,300 men attacked 1,000 Upper Creek warriors on the Tallapoosa River. There is an indoor visitor center, and lots of outdoor activities, ...

  • Little River Canyon National Preserve

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    Fort Payne

    Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs ...

  • Gulf State Park

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    Gulf Shores

    Gulf State Park is located in the city of Gulf Shores on the coast of Alabama, where you will be greeted by white sun-kissed beaches, a surging surf, seagulls and seashells.

  • Oak Mountain State Park

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    Pelham

    Nearly 10,000 acres of beautiful Alabama state park, with trails, fishing, beaches, swimming, and even a golf course and petting farm!

  • Landmark Park

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    Dothan

    Nature AND history in Dothan, with an 1890s Wiregrass Farmstead, boardwalk, nature trail, planetarium, interpretive center, and special events!

  • Dismals Canyon

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    Phil Campbell

    Spend a day getting back to nature hiking the canyon floor past thundering waterfalls, wildlife spotting and swimming. Guided night tours allow visitors to view the glow-in-the-dark creatures too - ...

  • Natural Bridge Park

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    Natural Bridge

    A nature filled day where kids can explore a 200 million year old natural sandstone bridge and local surrounding nature.

  • Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

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    Mc Calla

    Indoor activities include the Iron and Steel Museum and traditional crafts demonstrations, plus explore the cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill. Plenty of exploration outdoors too, plus a ...

  • Eastgate Park

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    Dothan

    Relaxing family fun out in the pretty Eastgate Park in Dothan, Alabama. Tennis, archery, and fishing await you in the free day out!

  • Waterville

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    Gulf Shores

    Ready to take on 20 acres of water fun!? This family friendly Alabama water park has attractions for the entire family - any age!

  • Spring Valley Beach

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    Blountsville

    Spring Valley Beach features fun for the entire family! Our park offers the best for a nice relaxing day and plenty of adventure for thrill seekers.

  • Water World

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    Dothan

    A large open air water park in Alabama with many exciting features for big kids and parents! There is even a special section for the little ones too!

  • Splash Adventure Water Park

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    Bessemer

    So much family water fun in this Alabama water park, with thrilling slides, interactive play areas, a maze, and a super huge multi level play area!

  • The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

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    Birmingham

    The museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. While furnishing educational information, the museum is also a place for entertainment. Exhibits convey the accomplishments of ...

  • Birmingham Childrens Theatre

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    Birmingham

    Professional theatre complex for children, with different theatres and performances on offer for different age groups. High profile productions most children will recognise.

  • Environmental Studies Center

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    Mobile

    Features include a STARLAB Planetarium, live animal exhibits, native plants garden. Experience firsthand the natural environment and the interrelationships governing our living world.

  • Imagination Place

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    Gadsden

    Hands on exhibits and activities for children of all ages! An interesting and fun museum where imagination and creativity allow for a world of entertainment!

  • Blount Cultural Park

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    Montgomery

    Set among numerous lakes, trails, gardens, and pavilions, you will find some of our nation's best cultural destinations, including the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine ...

  • Southern Adventures

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    Huntsville

    Southern Adventures is a family-oriented water and amusement park offering year-round wholesome entertainment for all ages. Whether you are young or just young-at-heart, Southern Adventures has ...

  • FunZone

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    Cullman

    FUNZONE�s newest attraction, Air It Out, has the latest, greatest inflatable equipment that is guaranteed to bring hours of fun. Our play area proves to be challenging, interactive and engaging for ...

  • Pirate's Island Golf

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    Gulf Shores

    Ahoy, Mateys! Whether ye be an old salt or a young buccaneer, climb aboard with the crew at Pirate's Island and enjoy some mini golf adventure!