Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals and famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings in the world. The Zoo brings together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections. Get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting nose-to-horn with an Indian rhino, hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays and more! Families can also splash in water play areas, feel thrills on rides and take in educational shows.
Love manatees? The Zoo is the only place in Tampa where guests can see Florida manatees year round. At the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital, the Zoo’s veterinary and animal-care staff treat sick, injured and orphaned manatees, and return them to the wild after rehabilitation. The Zoo also cares for the most diverse group of Florida wildlife anywhere, and has won numerous awards for animal preservation.
Highway 192 East / Maingate East, Kissimmee / St. Cloud
Orlando’s exciting airboat and wildlife park experience, Wild Florida Airboats offers scenic tours during the day, breathtaking tours at sunset and exciting tours at night. Guests of all ages can enjoy guided tours through the protected swamps and rivers in the 100,000 acres of beautiful Central Florida wetlands to find alligators, birds, eagles, tropical plants and more.
A historic landmark boasting a 250-acre contemplative garden, a 205-foot tower and a bird sanctuary, Bok Tower Gardens gives visitors an up-close view of Florida’s beautiful wildlife and vegetation. This unique destination has attracted 23 million since 1929, inspiring artistic, cultural and spiritual enrichment from its Singing Tower carillon, Mediterranean-style mansion and lush gardens.