Zoos in PORT CHARLOTTE with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Port Charlotte 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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  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

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    (39 miles) 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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    (39 miles) 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 ...

  • Gatorama

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    (48 miles) Palmdale

    One of Gatorama's main attractions for visitors and professional photographers is the natural Florida scenery in which these prehistoric beasts sunbathe in the warm tropical climate. Giant oak trees ...

  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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    (51 miles) 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 ...

  • Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

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    (59 miles) 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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    (70 miles) 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 ...

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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    (82 miles) 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 ...

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  • Jumping Jacks Fun Zone

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    (30 miles) Fort Myers

    A super fun indoor play center in Fort Myers, with inflatables, kids disco club, toddler area and much more!

  • Bounce Down Under

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    (35 miles) Sarasota

    A true blue Aussie themed indoor inflatable party and play center for joeys under 13 - crickey!

  • Play Away

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    (38 miles) Lakewood Ranch

    Play time fun for active and creative kids aged 3 months to 6 years. Engaging classes in dance and gymnastics as well as camps to develop the brain and the body.

  • Playtime

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    (57 miles) Apollo Beach

    Indoor Play center for children ages 5 & under. Soft play, clean, safe facility, offering Open play, art, music, yoga, birthday parties & more

  • Great Explorations Children's Museum

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    (66 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A hands-on museum where kids can learn AND play! Kids can role play at the exhibits, learn about reptiles, and enjoy the playground!

  • Family Fun Center

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    (70 miles) Lakeland

    Tons of games, Mini-golf, Laser Tag, Funtasia, Parties, and More!

  • Cape Coral Yacht Club

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    (31 miles) Cape Coral

    Facilities include an active fishing pier, outdoor racquetball courts, shuffleboard courts and playground for under 12s, as well as the wide expanse of public beach with safe shallow swimming and ...

  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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    (37 miles) Sarasota

    Children will delight in our indoor "rainforest," brilliant dart frog collection, and our gardens abundant with tropical flora and fauna. More than 150 scientific expeditions to rainforests around ...

  • Naples Botanical Gardens

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    (63 miles) Naples

    Thoughtfully created and sympathetically restored environments host botanical samples from all over the world plus water features, plus children's garden including butterfy house and treehouse.

  • Sunken Gardens

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    (65 miles) Saint Petersburg

    A century old garden with waterfalls, tropical plants and meandering paths - St. Petersburg's oldest living museum

  • Billie Swamp Safari

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    (78 miles) Clewiston

    It's swamp time with Billie Swamp Safari on 2,200 acres of untamed Florida Everglades! Wildlife exhibits, snake shows, airboats...a true swamp experience for the whole family!

  • Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

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    (79 miles) Copeland

    Welcome to the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, "the Amazon of North America." The Fakahatchee Strand is a linear swamp forest, approximately twenty miles long by five miles wide and oriented ...

  • Sunsplash Waterpark

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    (24 miles) Cape Coral

    Fun in the sun at this family friendly Florida water park attractions! Let's go make a SPLASH at the largest waterpark in Southwest Florida!

  • Broadway Palm Childrens Theatre

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    (32 miles) Ft Myers

    Offers a full children's theatre program, with the pleasing addition that the cast come back on stagfe afterwards to answer kids' questions, and then pose for photos and autographs too.

  • Circus Sarasota

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    (40 miles) Sarasota

    Circus Sarasota intersperses high drama and glamour with traditional circus acts to create a sophisticated and inspirational showcase of exciting family entertainment.

  • The Shell Factory and Nature Park

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    (22 miles) Fort Myers

    As well as the incredible shell centre and the wildlife park there are ntertainments include Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Water Wars, Paddle Boats and a Mining operation game.

  • Mike Greenwells Family Fun Park

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    (23 miles) Cape Coral

    Established in 1992, Mike Greenwells Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park is a provider of various family recreational activities. Based in Cape Coral, Fla., the company offers a wide range of services, such ...

  • HeadPinz Family Entertainment Center

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    (26 miles) Cape Coral

    Enjoy the latest in automated scoring, bumpers for the younger bowlers, state-of-the-art music & video entertainment and lighting systems at this Florida entertainment center!

  • Ft Myers Skatium

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    (27 miles) Fort Myers

    Not an open session facility, but one where beginners may come as individuals or in groups specifically to learn the art of figure skating.

  • Imaginarium Science Center

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    (27 miles) Fort Myers

    A fascinating and exciting hands-on museum and aquarium where you can experience the wonders science and touch the ocean!

  • Zoomers Family Amusement Park

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    (35 miles) Fort Myers

    Family Amusement Park featuring Roller Coaster, Go Karts, Games, Bumper Boats, 18 Hole Mini Golf and a specific range of Midway Rides especially for small folk.

  • Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures

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    (35 miles) Sarasota

    A wide range of guided kayak eco tours (Lido Key, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and around the state of Florida) that will allow you to get closer to nature while experiencing an ...

  • Stardust Skate Center

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    (37 miles) Sarasota

    Stardust Skate Center is Sarasota's only roller skating and special event venue. Our fun and exciting roller skating sessions are filled with lots of games, contests, races and prizes! Our "Deluxe" ...

  • King Richards Medieval

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    (55 miles) Naples

    King Richards features our always popular go cart track and video games along with exciting new attractions and features like Laser Tag, Dance Machine, and interactive video games.

  • Manatee Viewing Center

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    (60 miles) Apollo Beach

    Games for kids, nature watching for visitors of all ages, a hurricane simulator and colorful exhibits on how Tampa Electric generates electricity - the Manatee Viewing Center’s goal is more than ...

  • Celebration Station

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    (81 miles) Clearwater

    Come ride the Rio Grande Train, take on the Miner Mike roller coaster, take a spin on the Drummer Boy, or just enjoy a ride on the Swing. There are lots of laughs and giggles to be found in Playland!

  • Legoland Florida

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    (74 miles) Winter Haven

    Amazing family entertainment from this iconic park chain. Interactive creations, rides, play areas and thrills galore! It can only be Legoland in sunny Florida!

  • Banana Bay Tour Company

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    (30 miles) Cape coral

    Banana Bay Tour Company is dedicated to high quality ecological tourism. We invite you to come join us on one of our Dolphin and Ecological tours and experience nature as it happens. We are committed ...