Zoos in OCALA with kids

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. ...

  • Dade City's Wild Things

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    (57 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!

  • 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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  • Jump N Joeys

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    (49 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 ...

  • Lucky Monkey Orlando

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    (57 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!

  • Cranium Clubhouse

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    (58 miles) Winter Garden

    Cranium Clubhouse is extreme learning and extreme fun. Their learning programs are designed using state-of-the-art technology platforms. The learning curriculum is animated, interactive and designed ...

  • Amaya Papaya

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    (60 miles) Casselberry

    Amaya papaya is a place for families to play, learn, party and shop together while hanging out in an eclectic parent-child hangout. Children ages 0 - 5 can learn through hands on discovery, role ...

  • Bounce Party

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    (63 miles) Hudson

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

  • GrassRoots Interactive Center

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    (64 miles) Ormond Beach

    GRASSROOTS INTERACTIVE CENTER is a place where you can bring your child to participate in an interactive play session in our indoor play center!

  • Grammys Indoor Playground

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    (65 miles) Winter Park

    Welcomes under 5s and their families to come and play, with fun themed areas, interactive game stations, jungle gym and kids' library.

  • SliderZ Adventure Center

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    (68 miles) Oviedo

    10,000 square feet of Inflatable Family Fun. A safe, supervised, climate controlled arena featuring huge inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, moonwalks, slides and mazes.

  • Jump Zone

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    (69 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 ...

  • Gator Freds Fun and Party Center

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    (80 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!

  • Peanuts Playhouse

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    (83 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.

  • Silver Springs

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    (6 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 ...

  • Fort Cooper State Park

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    (28 miles) Inverness

    The sparkling waters of Lake Holathlikaha were a welcome sight to sick and wounded soldiers during the Second Seminole War. In 1836, the First Georgia Battalion of Volunteers built a stockade for the ...

  • Swim With Manatees

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    (34 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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    (36 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 ...

  • Hontoon Island State Park

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    (49 miles) Deland

    This island, located in the St. Johns River in Volusia County, welcomes visitors to enjoy nature and history in quiet solitude. The island is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Evidence ...

  • Blue Spring State Park

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    (53 miles) Avenue Orange City

    The largest spring on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home (mid-November through March) to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. For centuries, ...

  • Pine Island Park and Beach

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    (53 miles) Weeki Wachee

    Simply beach swimming and parkland, with a playground and volleyball net. Ideal for a traditional family beach day!

  • Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

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    (53 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!