Exotic Adventures and Attractions
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Encounter exotic animals and exciting adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, one of the largest animal theme parks in the world. Home to giraffes, African lions, Asian tigers, rhinoceros, African elephants, gorillas, birds, and many more amazing creatures, Disney’s Animal Kingdom allows guests to encounter these animals up-close. Included in admission, guests can pet friendly goats and pigs at the Affection Station and see dozens of species in their natural habitats on Kilimanjaro Safaris. For those looking for a thrilling, guided adventure, the Wild Africa Trek takes guests on a 3-hour safari through the expansive savanna habitat. Reservations and additional cost required for Wild Africa Trek.
For more information, visit www.Disney.go.com/DisneyWorld.
Take underwater adventure to new depths at Discovery Cove’s SeaVenture, a unique experience into the world of incredible sea creatures. The Dolphin Swim experience is another opportunity to get up close to friendly dolphins that reward hugs, kisses, and rubdowns with an exciting dorsal fin ride. Experience more animal interactions at the Freshwater Oasis where you can greet playful otters and curious marmosets or at the Explorer’s Aviary where colorful birds flutter above and may come down to meet you. Reservations are required. To make reservations, call 1-877-557-7404.
For more information, visit www.DiscoveryCove.com.
The Brevard Zoo offers activities like guided kayaking tours, train rides through animal habitats, and giraffe and bird feedings that create unique animal encounters. With four expansive exhibits, there are over 100 species to meet and learn about. For even more adventure, guests can challenge themselves to the aerial obstacle courses and ziplines at Treetop Trek Aerial Adventures, an exciting, self-guided outdoor adventure where visitors experience the zoo from high up in the trees as they navigate tightropes, crabwalks, jungle bridges, nets, and ziplines.
For more information, visit www.BrevardZoo.org.
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Nestled in lush tropical foliage, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens boasts over 500 animals, 23 acres of native gardens, a splash pad, animal encounters, including a rhino encounter. The newest exhibit is home to three male giraffes that enjoy being hand fed by guests. Giraffe feedings are daily between 10a to 3p. The zoo also offers train and carousel rides, educational programs, ongoing special events and the ZOOM Air Adventure. See domestic animals in the Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo or the Southeast’s largest collection of venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles in the Herpetarium. The zoo also hosts weekend education presentations like the Keeper Chats that allow guests to learn about the animals from the people who care for them. With something for everyone, the adventures are endless!
For more information, visit www.CentralFloridaZoo.org.
Wild Weekends at SeaWorld
Wild Weekends connect guests to the wild and wonderful world from the sea to the skies with education and interactive shows that give guests the opportunity to meet leaders in the world of animal rescue, rehabilitation and preservation. Previous years have seen appearances by well-known conservationists, Jack Hanna and Bindi Irwin. The event is included with SeaWorld admission and is held select dates throughout the year.
For more information, visit www.SeaWorldParks.com.
Gatorland is much more than just alligators with one-of-a-kind reptilian shows, close encounters with giant tortoises, a chance to see playful bobcats and panthers, and the world’s largest collection of giant white alligators at the White Gator Swamp. Clip in and zip off on an exciting outdoor adventure with the all-new Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. Soar through the air and defy gravity over some of the theme park’s star attractions – including Cuban and Nile crocodiles.
For more information, visit www.Gatorland.com.