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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    Saint Augustine

    Amazing marine encounters in St. Augustine at the world's first oceanarium, with interactive programs, swimming with dolphins, and other beautiful marine life!

  • 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

    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!

  • 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

    Visit the ONLY drive-through safari adventure in Florida, with over 900 animals to meet, as well as rides, water sprayground, animal encounters, and more!

  • 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

    23 lush acres in West Palm Beach where over 500 animals from all over the world are waiting to be explored! With daily shows and talks, and a kids zone with rides!

  • Jungle Island

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    Miami

    Great animal fun in Miami with amazing animal encounters from species all around the world, a petting barn, a private beach, and even zip lines!

  • 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

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

  • 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 ...

  • Jungle Adventures Nature Park and Zoo

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    Christmas

    Explore the REAL Florida in this natural jungle habitat, with guided wildlife tours, bears, deer, swamp cruises, and over 200 alligators! With a 16th Century Spanish Fort too - it's a WILD day out!

  • 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.

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm

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    Kissinnee

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