Zoos in BRADENTON with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Bradenton because this The Sunshine State city 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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  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens

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    (9 miles) Sarasota

    Sarasota Jungle Gardens is one of the oldest continuously operating attractions in the State of Florida. Open to the public in December of 1940, the "Gardens" has retained its old Florida charm and ...

  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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    (11 miles) Sarasota

    From its humble beginnings in tiny shed in a small Florida town, Mote Marine Laboratory has expanded to include a 10.5-acre campus in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations and public exhibits in Key ...

  • The Florida Aquarium

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    (32 miles) Tampa

    Experience the aquarium and see why it's among the top aquariums in the world. With more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and around the world. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Lowry Park Zoo

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    (36 miles) Tampa

    With more than 2,200 animals, this fun Tampa zoo has interactive exhibits for kids, as well as fun rides! Bumper boats, flumes, carousels - an amazing family zoo day out in Florida!

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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    (36 miles) Clearwater

    Welcome to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the world's most-watched marine life rescue and environmental education center. Our mission is to restore and preserve our marine environment. We accomplish our ...

  • Old McMickys Farm

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    (46 miles) Odessa

    Farm fun in Florida with maze hay rides, animals, pony rides, cow milking - a great spot for birthday parties too! Guided tours only.

  • Tarpon Springs Aquarium

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    (47 miles) Tarpon Springs

    Journey into the world under the ocean with this spectacular living reef.

  • Dade City's Wild Things

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    (64 miles) Dade City

    Embark on an adventure that will take you closer to amazing animals than ever before, with 22 acres of Florida animal fun!

  • Giraffe Ranch

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    (70 miles) Dade City

    45 minutes north of Tampa is 47 rolling acres of countryside teeming with wildlife that kids can play with, feed, look at, and even ride! This wildlife preserve offers intimate safari expeditions for ...

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (85 miles) Kissinnee

    Hands-on interactive education at this friendly petting farm in Florida: a sensory learning experience with over 300 animals as your teachers!

  • Gatorama

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    (86 miles) Palmdale

    One of Gatorama's main attractions for visitors and professional photographers is the natural Florida scenery in which these prehistoric beasts sunbathe in the warm tropical climate. Giant oak trees ...

  • Homosassa Wildlife Park

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    (90 miles) Homosassa

    Showcasing native Florida wildlife, including an underwater manatee observatory, plus a children's hands on education centre, daily encounter programs and a boat tour is included in your admission.

  • Jungle Adventures Nature Park and Zoo

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    (90 miles) Christmas

    Real Florida...as Real as it Gets! Jungle Adventures Nature Park & Zoo is the natural habitat jungle home of our famous 200 foot long roadside wonder, Swampy, the World's Largest Alligator. Come and ...

  • Discovery Cove

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    (92 miles) Orlando

    A one of a kind experience where you can SWIM with dolphins, play near otters and walk on the ocean floor!

  • Seaworld Orlando

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    (93 miles) Orlando

    Get ready for a one of a kind journey to explore under our amazing ocean, at Sea World! With up close animal encounters, exhibits, rides and lots of family fun!

  • Gatorland

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    (93 miles) Orlando

    A one-of-a-kind family park within 110 acres of protected habitat where adventures lurk around every corner!

  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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    (98 miles) Naples

    Open to the public 365 days a year-(except in severe weather) The sanctuary offers a 2.25 mile boardwalk that winds through the swamp- A 1 mile short-cut is also available. There is an admission ...

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  • Play Away

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    (10 miles) Lakewood Ranch

    Play time fun for active and creative kids aged 3 months to 6 years. Engaging classes in dance and gymnastics as well as camps to develop the brain and the body.

  • Bounce Down Under

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    (12 miles) Sarasota

    A true blue Aussie themed indoor inflatable party and play center for joeys under 13 - crickey!

  • Great Explorations Children's Museum

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    (20 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A hands-on museum where kids can learn AND play! Kids can role play at the exhibits, learn about reptiles, and enjoy the playground!

  • Playtime

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    (21 miles) Apollo Beach

    Indoor Play center for children ages 5 & under. Soft play, clean, safe facility, offering Open play, art, music, yoga, birthday parties & more

  • Pump It Up Tampa

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    (39 miles) Tampa

    Great open play for active kids in Tampa, with inflatables and fun family events!

  • Gator Freds Fun and Party Center

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    (40 miles) Tampa

    A spectacular kid-size interactive "town" in Tampa, with huge inflatables, and plenty of colorful classic features to entertain and exhaust kids of all ages!

  • Family Fun Center

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    (50 miles) Lakeland

    Tons of games, Mini-golf, Laser Tag, Funtasia, Parties, and More!

  • Bounce Party

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    (62 miles) Hudson

    9,000 square feet of inflatable fun from slides and obstacle courses to classic bounce houses and more besides.

  • Jumping Jacks Fun Zone

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    (77 miles) Fort Myers

    A super fun indoor play center in Fort Myers, with inflatables, kids disco club, toddler area and much more!

  • Jump N Joeys

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    (90 miles) Clermont

    This climate controlled play zone offers a large selection of obstacle courses, giant slides and jumpers that provide endless fun for children of all ages. They offer a separate toddler area with ...

  • Cranium Clubhouse

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    (92 miles) Winter Garden

    Cranium Clubhouse is extreme learning and extreme fun. Their learning programs are designed using state-of-the-art technology platforms. The learning curriculum is animated, interactive and designed ...

  • Peanuts Playhouse

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    (94 miles) St Cloud

    A traditional sort of fun with modern components, kids can enjoy ride ons and toys, puzzles and games, train tables, books and more, with inside and outside areas.

  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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    (12 miles) Sarasota

    Children will delight in our indoor "rainforest," brilliant dart frog collection, and our gardens abundant with tropical flora and fauna. More than 150 scientific expeditions to rainforests around ...

  • Sunken Gardens

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    (20 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A century old garden with waterfalls, tropical plants and meandering paths - St. Petersburg's oldest living museum

  • Lettuce Lake Regional Park

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    (41 miles) Tampa

    A nature filled day out for the family with wooded picnic areas and a playground, canoeing and kayaking, as well as a host of wildlife.

  • Anclote Key Preserve State Park

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    (42 miles) Dunedin

    Blue-green Gulf waters lap gently along the preserve��s beautiful four-mile-long beach. Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, this park is accessible only by private boat. Visitors ...

  • Hillsborough River State Park

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    (49 miles) North Thonotosassa

    Opened in 1938 as one of Floridas first state parks, this park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River. Fort Foster, a replica of an 1837 fort from the Second Seminole War, is located on ...

  • Colt Creek

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    (64 miles) Lakeland

    This 5067 acre park nestled within the Green Swamp Wilderness Area and named after one of the tributaries that flows through the property was opened to the public on January 20, 2007. For over 60 ...