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Zoos in OCALA

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Ocala 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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  • Petting Zoo Ocala

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    (10 miles) Ocala

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

  • Homosassa Wildlife Park

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    (38 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.

  • The Teaching Zoo

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    (38 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 ...

  • Giraffe Ranch

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    (51 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 ...

  • Jungle Adventures Nature Park and Zoo

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    (52 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 ...

  • Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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    (56 miles) 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. ...

  • Marineland

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    (65 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

  • Seaworld Orlando

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    (67 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!

  • Discovery Cove

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    (68 miles) Orlando

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

  • Gatorland

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    (73 miles) Orlando

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

  • Old McMickys Farm

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    (76 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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    (81 miles) Tarpon Springs

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

  • Lowry Park Zoo

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    (84 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!

  • Tree Hill Nature Center

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    (86 miles) Jacksonville

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

  • Jacksonville Zoo

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    (89 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!

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  • Wild Waters

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    (6 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!

  • Weeki Wachee Springs

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    (53 miles) Spring Hill

    The whole family can cool off in Florida's only spring-fed waterpark, with thrill rides, beach sports, and a kiddie pool!

  • Wet N Wild

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    (65 miles) Orlando

    30 acres of flumes, slides, sun and surf in Orlando with the classic Wet N Wild! Great family fun for the day in Florida - don't forget that sunscreen!

  • WaterPlay At Zephyr Park

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    (66 miles) Zephyrhills

    A FREE entry 7,000-square-foot water playground with fun water features including jets and cannons!

  • Disneys Blizzard Beach

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    (67 miles) Lake Buena Vista

    Thrilling water rides and fun drops....a fun way to spend a hot summers day!

  • Aquatica Florida

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    (68 miles) Orlando

    Rides, animal encounters, and 80,000 square feet of beach...it could only be Aquatica, Florida!

  • Daytona Lagoon

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    (68 miles) Daytona Beach

    Twists, slides, turns, and over 1 million gallons of water at this Daytona water park, great for the whole family!

  • Adventure Island

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    (81 miles) Tampa

    30 acres of water fun with thrills and spills for all ages in the Key West. From wave pools to playgrounds and of course slides - let's get soaked!

  • Titanic The Artifact Exhibition

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    (65 miles) Orlando

    Come face to face with artifacts that were actually on board the iconic Titanic when she sank back in 1912.

  • Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory

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    (68 miles) Daytona Beach

    Free chocolate factory tours! One word...Yum!

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