Florida Zoos & Animal Attractions

Florida is home to many amazing zoos and animal attractions. The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa is an especially popular zoo, rated number 1 in the country by Parents Magazine. Several of the animal attractions in Florida are themed with specific types of animals or a specific part of the world. The most common featured animal is the alligator, Florida’s state reptile. There are a few farms and attractions across the state dedicated to the alligator alone. An easy way to make animal exploration a part of your Florida vacation is to visit one of the animal theme parks in the state. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Busch Gardens, and SeaWorld all feature animals from around the world. These parks are a great way to make the fun educational as well.

See Also: Wildlife Sanctuaries & Rescue

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Brevard Zoo is a 75 acres zoo located in Melbourne, Florida, featuring 650 animals representing more than 165 species from Florida, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Brevard Zoo not only provides exceptional care for our own animals, but is immersed in critical field projects working to protect threatened and endangered animals around the world.

Broke-a-toe offers Horseback riding along the beach between Indian Pass and Cape San Blas departing from Salinas Park. Experience a peaceful, beautiful ride along the water’s edge


Butterfly World is located in Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, Florida, the first and largest butterfly house in the US, featuring over 80 species of butterflies, hummingbird and lorikeet aviaries, and outdoor gardens.

Enter the lush tropical world of the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. A relaxing, entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. Featuring over 500 animals representing 205 species, aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park, Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground, Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo, and the Southeast’s largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® was the fourth theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake near Orlando, Florida. It opened on Earth Day, April 22, 1998 as the largest Disney park featuring animals and wildlife. The park icon and symbol is The Tree of Life, located in the center of the park on Discovery Island. The park is themed to the environment and animal conservation with 6 unique animal and wildlife themed lands.


Everglades Holiday Park is a fun and exciting everglades tourist attraction in South Florida that offers the best airboat tours, gator shows and, corporate and family events. 

Since 1982, Everglades Holiday Park team has strived to create an environment that is fun, educational and environmentally conscious. We provide family fun, corporate events and jon boat rentals for local fishing. Everglades Holiday Park continues to serve as South Florida's premier gateway to the state's most exciting natural attraction- the Everglades.

Discover the mysteries of the Everglades at South Florida's oldest alligator farm. Near the main entrance of Everglades National Park, Everglades Alligator Farm contains more than 2,000 alligators! Glide across the everglades on one of our guided airboat tours. Alligator, snake, and wildlife shows are performed hourly.

Gator Beach Alligator Park is located at Fudpuckers in the heart of Destin. No admission fee to visit and the alligator show is free. Features hundreds of alligators, opportunities to feed and hold alligators and unique albino alligator along with experienced staff to educate and make your visit more fun. 

Home of the famous Alligator Hatching Festival, Gatorama offers gator shows, wildlife encounters and hands on experiences in this natural habitat. 

Gatorland provides affordable family fun while showcasing thousands of alligators and crocodiles including four extremely rare leucistic "white" alligators. The free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one of a kind animal shows, natural alligator breeding marsh, and the "thrilling" Screamin' Gator Zip Line will ensure your day will be filled with Fun, Smiles and Special Memories!

The Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to over 900 different animals with over fifty acres of free-roaming zoo. Featuring a farm area where you can feed the giraffes, animal encounters, a free flight aviary and more. 

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, located on Trout River in Jacksonville, Florida, features over 117 acres and has over 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants in its collection. Enjoy a walking safari, roam through the Land of the Tiger, and enjoy hands on activities. 

Jungle Adventures, A Real Florida Animal Park is the natural habitat jungle home of our rare Florida Panthers, Black Bears, Wolves, White-Tailed Deer, Tropical Birds, Reptiles, Mammals, and other critters. When you enter this timeless old Florida Hidden Treasure attraction on a journey into a lost world that time forgot. Located just east of the Orlando metro area, it is less than an hour drive and worth the visit for real Florida nature and wildlife. 

Jungle Island, formerly known as Parrot Jungle, combines the beauty of Miami’s tropical landscape with a jungle full of extraordinary animals from around the globe. Located in the heart of Miami, between downtown Miami and South Beach, Jungle Island is home to some of the world’s rarest and most exotic animals featuring immersive, real-life jungle experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play.


During your breathtaking journey you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the "flowers of the sky." Witness a variety of some 50 to 60 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 20 exotic bird species, all under a climate- controlled, glass enclosed habitat.

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, 5 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more, you are sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1 million visitors annually. The mission of the Zoo is "to connect people with the living earth." We strive to do so by operating the Zoo in accordance with the highest professional standards of conservation, education, research and recreation, and by serving as a resource for the community regarding conservation and environmental matters affecting animals and habitats, both locally and throughout the world.  

Monkey Jungle is a one of a kind  wildlife park and discovery center located in Miami-Dade County featuring a natural subtropical forest where Jungle wildlife live very much as they would in their native habitats. Visitors, students and scientists experience unique up close encounters with these amazing creatures in Miami's natural 30-acre Jungle park.

Naples Zoo is a nationally accredited zoo and yet much more than a walk-through zoo. The paved path winds nearly a mile past rare and beautiful animals residing within a historic tropical garden of exotic plants first planted in 1919. Discover feature exhibits and an array of more rarely seen creatures. Naples Zoo offers fun for every generation. 

The Palm Beach Zoo features Tropical, Shaded Rainforest Paths & Animal Encounters, Children's Story Time, Toddler Workshops with over 550 animals in a 23-acre habitat. 

Reptile World Serpentarium's opened in 1972, houses an impressive collection (over 80 species) of snakes from around the world, ranging from the familiar and innocuous to the exotic and deadly. Often listed among the top ten deadliest snakes in the world you will find a splendid 13+ foot King Cobra, a beautiful Black Mamba and all four of Florida's venomous snakes on display. 

You’re about to venture into the exotic realm of awe-inspiring crocodilians, breath-taking birds, and playful primates at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park! 

Two-Bit Stable offers Horseback Riding on the beach along Cape San Blas, one of the few places in Florida that allows visitors to ride on the beach. No riding experience is needed with the trained and loved horses. 


The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, also known as Zoo Miami, and formerly known as Miami MetroZoo, is the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida. This 340 acre zoo features over 3000 animals, a 27-acre Amazon and Beyond, Family Aviary - Wings of Asia, Giraffe Feeding Station, Camel Rides, Rhino Encounter, Zoo Squad, a Parrot Feeding Experience, Playground Playworld, and zookeeper talks throughout the day.