Zoos in Florida with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Florida because The Sunshine State 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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  • Lowry Park Zoo

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    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!

  • Marineland

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    St Augustine

    Marineland allows visitors a chance to swim, snorkel or scuba dive with dolphins and other marine life. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Florida

  • Seaworld Orlando

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    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!

  • Brevard Zoo

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    Melbourne

    Small zoo whose mission is Wildlife Conservation Through Education And Participation. An inspiring, fascinating and fun visit.

  • Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

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    Naples

    A nationally accredited zoo and historic tropical garden featuring a full day of fun activities including a cruise through natural island habitats for monkeys. Much more than a walk through zoo, a ...

  • The Florida Aquarium

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    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 ...

  • Gatorama

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    Palmdale

    It's all things alligator at this fun Florida attraction for families! From gator shows, to fun wildlife encounters, there is lots of animal fun to be had!

  • Gatorland

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    Orlando

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

  • Gulf Breeze Zoo

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    Gulf Breeze

    Visit 50 wild acres of exotic animals in Florida, including the gorilla family, chimps, rhinos, hippos, tigers, bears, monkeys and reptiles!

  • Lion Country Safari

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    Loxahatchee

    Lion Country Safari is involved in the captive breeding of a number of threatened or endangered species, including: Southern White Rhinoceros and Chimpanzee. Lion Country Safari is a licensed ...

  • Zoo Miami

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    Miami

    Formerly Miami MetroZoo, this family friendly animal attraction always has something fun going on - and plenty of animals!

  • Palm Beach Zoo

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    West Palm Beach

    The Palm Beach Zoo is a unique cultural and educational resource welcoming all members of the community, the region and the thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the many treasures of South ...

  • Parrot Jungle Island

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    Miami

    - 3 entertaining shows feature some of the wildest animals from around the globe. From the most lethal bird to some of the most deadly snakes. One of the family places to visit if you're looking for ...

  • Discovery Cove

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    Orlando

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

  • Miami Seaquarium

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    Key Biscayne

    Amazing animal encounters and underwater adventure at this Miami aquarium, with educational and conservational aspects for kids

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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    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 ...

  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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    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 ...

  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens

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    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 ...

  • Jungle Adventures Nature Park and Zoo

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    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 ...

  • Dolphins Plus

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    Key Largo

    Key Largo's original swim with the dolphins program! Call us today to sign up for the dolphin experience of a lifetime!

  • Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    Sanford

    Nestled in lush tropical foliage, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens boasts over 400 animals, 23 acres of native gardens, animal encounters, train and carousel rides and ZOOM Air Adventures. ...

  • Gulf World Marine Park

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    Panama City Beach

    Enjoy daily live shows in Panama City Beach with dolphins, sea lions and tropical birds! With exhibits on penguins, flamingos, sharks, and alligators to name a few!

  • Sasquatch Zoo

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    Crestview

    Over the years with dedication and perseverance we feel we have provided our animals with a happy home. We hope when you visit you feel the same pride and admiration for "your zoo" as we do.

  • The Teaching Zoo

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    Gainesville

    The Teaching Zoo is operated as a part of Santa Fe Colleges Zoo Animal Technology Program; it is the premier wild animal technology program in the United States. Supervised by the professional staff ...

  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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    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 ...

  • Zoo World

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    Panama City Beach

    ZooWorld is home to over 200 animals including exotic and endangered species.

  • Monkey Jungle

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    Miami

    Home to nearly 400 primates, most running free on a 30 acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can ...

  • Flamingo Gardens

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    Davie

    A 60 acre botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary including Free-flight Aviary and Bird of Prey Center, plus narrated tram tour. Come hand feed a flamingo!

  • Tarpon Springs Aquarium

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    Tarpon Springs

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

  • Everglades Alligator Farm

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    Homestead

    Alligator shows, snake shows and alligator feedings, there is something going on every hour on the Farm. The Everglades Alligator Farm is currently home to about 2,000 alligators of all sizes. The ...

  • Jacksonville Zoo

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    Jacksonville

    Zoo fun in Florida, with the only walking safari in NE Florida, a kid-friendly Play Park, ever-changing gardens and exhibits filled with 1,800 wonderful animals!

  • Tree Hill Nature Center

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    Jacksonville

    Hands-on educational programs in this Jacksonville Nature Center. 50 acres of ecosystems to explore, walking trails and a butterfly house.

  • Key West Aquarium

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    Key West

    Perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world. Come and see for yourself the beautiful indigenous sea-creatures of Key West and the Florida Keys. One of the many fun family places to visit if ...

  • Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

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    Key West

    Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundred of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in ...

  • Butterfly World

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    Coconut Creek

    Visitors of all ages can enjoy a hectic rainbow of live exotic butterflies, spot hummingbirds and hear macaws, visit the Live Bug Zoo and explore the world of caterpillars.