Zoos in LAKE CITY with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Lake City 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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  • The Teaching Zoo

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    (37 miles) 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 ...

  • Jacksonville Zoo

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    (61 miles) 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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    (64 miles) Jacksonville

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

  • Petting Zoo Ocala

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    (72 miles) Ocala

    Petting zoo for all ages. exotic animals and farm animals. Pony rides. Picnic area. Birthday parties. Bounce house. Camel rides.

  • Marineland

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    (93 miles) 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

  • Georgia Sea Turtle Center

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    (94 miles) Jekyll Island

    It's primarily a sea turtle hospital but visitors may visit recovering patients and can also explore an interactive exhibition.

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  • Jump Zone

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    (51 miles) Orange Park

    Jump Zone is a children's entertainment center with something for everyone in the family. We feature huge themed inflatable rides, Game!Zone arcade and snack bar. We offer walk-in play for ...

  • Pump It Up Jacksonville

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    (68 miles) Jacksonville

    Great open play on hug inflatables in Jacksonville, with Glow Jump and Bounce N Bubbles - with a fun bubble machine!

  • Big Shoals State Park

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    (12 miles) White Springs

    his park features the largest whitewater rapids in Florida. Limestone bluffs, towering 80 feet above the banks of the Suwannee River, afford outstanding vistas not found anywhere else in Florida. ...

  • Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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    (17 miles) Fort White

    Fun adventures in Florida nature with canoeing, kayaking, nature trails and swimming...just to scratch the surface!

  • Fanning Springs State Park

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    (45 miles) Fanning Springs

    Located on the Suwannee River, this inviting source of cool, clear water has attracted people for thousands of years. Great idea if you are looking for fun places to go with kids in Florida

  • Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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    (50 miles) Folkston

    A wildlife preserve like no where else on earth! The Okenfenokee Swamp provides habitats for threatened and endangered wildlife, but is also a place for family fun with canoeing, wildlife viewing, ...

  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

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    (69 miles) Jacksonville

    Visit one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks.

  • Amelia Island State Park

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    (75 miles) Jacksonville

    An easy drive from Jacksonville, the park protects over 200 acres of unspoiled wilderness along the southern tip of Amelia Island. Beautiful beaches, salt marshes, and coastal maritime forests ...

  • Big Talbot Island State Park

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    (75 miles) Jacksonville

    Located on one of Northeast Florida's unique sea islands, Big Talbot Island State Park is primarily a natural preserve providing a premier location for nature study, bird-watching, and photography. ...

  • Silver Springs

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    (76 miles) Silver Springs

    Silver Springs is a 350 acre nature theme park that surrounds the headwaters of the beautiful Silver River, the largest artesian spring formation in the world. Located 90 miles north of Orlando, just ...

  • Ecofina River State Park

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    (76 miles) Lamont

    Nestled along the northern Gulf Coast, this park protects a mosaic of diverse landscapes. The Econfina River meanders like a dark ribbon through pine flatwoods, oaks and palm forests to broad ...

  • Anastasia State Park

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    (84 miles) Augustine

    Anastasia State Park welcomes hundreds of thousands visitors from all over the world to enjoy our natural and cultural treasures. At Anastasia you can enjoy camping, nature trails, beach time, water ...

  • General Coffee State Park

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    (91 miles) Nicholls

    One of southern Georgia’s “best kept secrets,” this park is known for interpretation of agricultural history at its Heritage Farm, with log cabins, a corn crib, tobacco barn, cane mill and ...

  • Wild Waters

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    (76 miles) Ocala

    Florida water fun at Wild Waters, with water attractions for all ages. From slides to wave pools, cool off in The Sunshine State!

  • Summer Waves

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    (93 miles) Jekyll Island

    Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family! Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash ...

  • Gainesville Rock Gym

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    (42 miles) Gainesville

    The Gainesville Rock Gym offers indoor rock climbing for all ages. We have a family friendly atmosphere and plenty of climbing to entertain your for hours.

  • Conners A Maize Ing Acres

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    (55 miles) Hilliard

    Conner's A-Maize-Ing Acres has everything to spend a perfect fun family day: Barnyard Animals, Pedal Carts, Duck Races, Cow Train, Hayride, Tube Slide and three miles corn maze. One of the many fun ...

  • Wild Adventures Theme Park

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    (55 miles) Valdosta

    With rides from the thrilling, to those kiddie rides and water attractions, this fun theme park even has amazing animal attractions too. Entertainment for the whole family at Wild Adventures Theme ...

  • Diamond D Horse Stables

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    (43 miles) Jacksonville

    The beautiful 600 acre ranch is still a working horse and cattle ranch and a place where families and friends can go to enjoy a fun filled day of entertainment. Offering to the visitors: Horseback ...

  • EcoMotion Tours

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    (74 miles) Jacksonville

    EcoMotion Tours, in the Amelia Island-Jacksonville area, Fort George Island - is the only Segway tour of its kind - one that combines the fun, new sensation of riding a Segway with a special eco-tour ...

  • Museum of Science and History MOSH

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    (59 miles) Jacksonville

    Fun hands-on activities and exhibits at this Museum of Science and History, inspiring and educating kids as they explore and discover!

  • Jacksonville Maritime Heritage Center

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    (59 miles) Jacksonville

    Free maritime fun and fascinating museum showcasing the intricate history of Jacksonville.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

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    (59 miles) Jacksonville

    MOCA Jacksonville offers top-quality programming for children and families. In addition to the interactive ArtExplorium Loft, every Sunday is Bank of America Family Free Sundays, where children and ...

  • Hands-on Childrens Museum

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    (64 miles) Jacksonville

    Amazing hands-on fun for kids aged 1 to 12 years, with interactive exhibits ready to teach kids as they have a great time! Fun indoor play in Jacksonville

  • St Mary's Submarine Museum

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    (75 miles) Saint Marys

    The museum is a great place to learn about the "Silent Service". A wide variety of Submarine artifacts, memorabilia and information are available for viewing, and you can checkout the beautiful St ...

  • Amelia Island Museum

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    (77 miles) Fernandina Beach

    Have you always wondered what it would be like to travel through time? Come for an unforgettable journey at the Amelia Island Museum of History. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Adventure Landing

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    (54 miles) Jacksonville

    Florida fun for active kids at Adventure Landing, with Laser Tag, mini golf and speedway go-karts! Great family fun in Jacksonville!

  • Kona Skateboard Park

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    (65 miles) Jacksonville

    Skateboard fun at this Jacksonville skate park, with free skating, lessons, camps and birthday parties! Get those skateboards ready!

  • Lapham-Patterson House Historic Site

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    (92 miles) Thomasville

    The Lapham-Patterson House is a monument to the imagination, creative engineering and craftsmanship of the Victorian Era.