Zoos in CLEARWATER with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Clearwater 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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  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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    (1 miles) Clearwater

    Not your typical aquarium, this Florida attraction is a marine life rescue center where kids can learn about rescue, rehabilitation and release!

  • Tarpon Springs Aquarium

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    (13 miles) Tarpon Springs

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

  • Old McMickys Farm

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    (18 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.

  • Lowry Park Zoo

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    (20 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!

  • The Florida Aquarium

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    (22 miles) Tampa

    Tens of thousands of marine plants and animals from all around the world are ready to be explored at this Florida Aquarium, with dive programs and a splash pad too!

  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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    (46 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 ...

  • Dade City's Wild Things

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    (46 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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    (50 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 ...

  • Homosassa Wildlife Park

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    (59 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.

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    (83 miles) Kissinnee

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

  • Discovery Cove

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    (87 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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    (87 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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    (89 miles) Orlando

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

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  • Pump It Up Tampa

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    (12 miles) Tampa

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

  • Great Explorations Children's Museum

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    (16 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!

  • Gator Freds Fun and Party Center

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    (18 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!

  • Playtime

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    (28 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

  • Bounce Party

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    (31 miles) Hudson

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

  • Play Away

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    (43 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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    (47 miles) Sarasota

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

  • Family Fun Center

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    (51 miles) Lakeland

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

  • Jump N Joeys

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    (77 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Lucky Monkey Orlando

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    (97 miles) Altamonte Springs

    Indoor play fun for kids up to 8, with a bubbles party, heaps of toys and inflatables, and great for birthday parties!

  • Anclote Key Preserve State Park

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    (7 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 ...

  • Sunken Gardens

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    (16 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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    (27 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.

  • Hillsborough River State Park

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    (37 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 ...

  • Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

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    (41 miles) Spring Hill

    Amazing fun with this state park featuring Florida's only spring-fed waterpark, with thrill rides, beach sports, a kiddie pool, mermaid and animal shows, cruises and canoeing!

  • Pine Island Beach Park

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    (43 miles) Weeki Wachee

    Explore a whole world away on this idyllic beach, with swimming, sports, picnics, and the beautiful waters of Florida!

  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens

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    (44 miles) Sarasota

    Visit one of the oldest continuously operating attractions in the Florida, with beautiful gardens and amazing rescued wildlife!

  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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    (47 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 ...

  • Colt Creek

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    (51 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 ...

  • Swim With Manatees

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    (66 miles) Crystal River

    Make this vacation the most memorable ever for the entire family. Come swim with our gentle giants, the manatees. This will be one of the most exciting things you have ever done. Our staff biologist ...

  • Crystal River Preserve

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    (66 miles) Crystal River

    The Crystal River Preserve State Park is truly a unique area on Florida's Gulf Coast. The park is in between temperate and sub-tropical climate zones, which allows for different communities to grow ...