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Gatorland, Orlando Florida

For over half a century, Gatorland has been creating fond vacation memories for millions of visitors who have entered through its gaping gator mouth entrance. Families, friends and employees alike have ventured through the glass double doors on their way to a journey through this natural, low-tech adventure. Located between Orlando and Kissimmee on the South Orange Blossom Trail, Gatorland is one of Central Florida’s oldest attractions, and provides a unique and natural alternative to the larger theme parks of today.

Founded by the late Owen Godwin in 1949, and still privately owned by his family today, Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining “Old Florida” charm with exciting, new exhibits and entertainment. Known internationally as the “Alligator Capital of the World,” Gatorland today provides affordably priced family-fun with thousands of alligators and crocodiles, a breeding marsh with boardwalk and observation tower, one-of-a-kind reptilian shows, aviary, petting zoo, swamp walk, educational programs and much, much more.

Hours of operation
Gatorland is open daily from 10:00AM to 5:00PM for your whole family’s fun and enjoyment, rain or shine. You will appreciate the ample FREE parking and the relaxing absence of lines and crowds.
Showtimes for our four great animal shows vary by season, but are repeated several times daily.
For current information on our show schedule, call us at: 1-800-393-JAWS

Admission Prices
Adult (age 13 yrs & up) $26.99
Child (aqe 3-12 yrs) $18.99
Children under 3 are always FREE!
FREE parking

Visit there website for full details. www.gatorland.com

Jacksonville Zoo. Jacksonville Florida

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo is growing and changing daily, with the addition of our temporary exhibit, Butterflies! in March 2003 and the unveiling of the Zoo’s premier attraction, Range of the Jaguar in March 2004. The Jacksonville Zoo has something for all ages with over 1,000 rare and exotic animals. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, come experience the Jacksonville Zoo through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.

Sunday – Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

Observed Holidays
Christmas Day
Gates close one hour prior to Zoo closing. Subject to change for events.

Admission Prices
Adults (13 to 64) $17.95
Seniors (65+) $15.95
Child (3 to 12) $12.95
Children (2 and under) Free

Visit there website here for full details. www.jacksonvillezoo.org

Lion Country Safari. Loxahatchee Florida

Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park invites you to spend the day on safari with over 900 animals. With animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 9 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more, you are sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari.

If уоu lіkе wild animals, уоu саn gеt uр close аnd personal with sоmе оf thе world’s wildest animals wіthоut еvеr leaving уоur car. There’s thе slobbering giraffe wіth thе long tongue – but еvеr sо cute! There’s thе herd оf zebras trуіng tо hitch а ride.
There’s thе ostriches pecking аt уоur car window. Dоn’t roll thе window dоwn – уоu mіght lose а valuable piece оf уоur real estate! This place іn Florida, Lion Country Safari, іs sо popular thаt hundreds оf thousands оf people hаvе mingled wіth thеsе animals іn thе wild sіnсе іt wаs established іn 1967.

This іsn’t уоur neighborhood zoo. Іn fact, sоmе people wоuldn’t call іt а zoo аt аll, аlthоugh уоu’ll sее оthеrs ranking іt аs thе nation’s third best ‘zoo’. Аs а reporter, mу job іs nоt tо define whаt іs ‘best’, nоr, fоr thаt matter, whаt іs а ‘zoo’. What Lion Country Safari іs іs јust whаt іts creators wanted: А place іn Florida whеrе ordinary people соuld experience thе thrill оf sееіng thе sаmе wild animals thеу wоuld sее іf thеу соuld afford tо gо tо аn African game park. Whісh, аs wе аll knоw, mоst оf us can’t.
Those creators – а group оf South African аnd British entrepreneurs – wеrе thе fіrst tо treat Americans whо love wild animals tо а nеw concept: Тhе drive-through ‘cageless zoo’.

Hours of Operation
Open Daily at 9:30am
Admission Gate Closes at 4:30pm
Park Closes at 5:30pm

Admission Prices
Admission (per person plus tax):
Regular (ages 10-64): $35.00
Seniors (ages 65 and over): $31.50
Children (ages 3-9): $26.00
Toddlers (ages 0-2): FREE
Parking: $8 per vehicle

Visit there website here for full details. www.lioncountrysafari.com

Lowry Park Zoo. Tampa Bay, FL.

Re-opened at its current site in 1988, Tampa Bay’s Lowry Park Zoo is today the number-one family-friendly zoo in the U.S. (Child magazine) and recognized by the State of Florida as a center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity (HB 457).

The region’s only dedicated zoological garden, Lowry Park Zoo was designed to enhance quality of life in greater Tampa Bay as an affordable leisure destination and center for education and endangered species conservation.
Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 1,600 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a Florida wildlife center and manatee hospital, Asian Domain, Primate World, aviary, Australian-themed children’s zoo, and Safari Africa.

The Florida Environmental Education Center (The Zoo School) serves more than 100,000 children annually. Programs offered are summer and holiday camps, daycare, preschool, and kindergarten

Zoo Hours of Operation:
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
We are open every day except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The Zoo may close due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

Admission Prices,
General Admission (ages 12+) $30.95
Youth (ages 3-11) $22.95

Visit there website here for full details. www.lowryparkzoo.com

Zoo Miami. Miami, FLorida

Large, open-air exhibits provide the ideal setting in which visitors can experience some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered wildlife. With nearly 300 developed acres on a 740-acre parcel of land, Metro zoo is the only zoo in the continental United States located in a subtropical climate.

Admission Hours:
Zoo Miami is open every day of the year.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)
Thanksgiving Day
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (last ticket sold at 2 p.m.)
Christmas Day
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)

Admission Rates:
Adult (13+) $21.95
Child (3-12) $17.95
Children 2 and under: FREE

Visit there website here for full details. www.zoomiami.org