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10 PLACES TO GET WILD WITH ANIMALS IN TAMPA BAY

It’s our Kick Off Week for Family Summer Camp! This week’s theme is IN THE WILD. Checkout these places to Get Friendly with Animals in Tampa Bay with your kids this summer!

ZOO TAMPA

ZOOTAMPA

ZooTampa is home to more than 1,100 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. Visit ZooTampa online or on Facebook.

FLORIDA AQUARIUM

FLORIDA AQUARIUM

Rated among the best aquariums in the US, The Florida Aquarium welcomes visitors to experience a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial animals – including sea turtles, sharks, lemurs, otters – with the goal of building awareness and inspiring conservation action. Visit The Florida Aquarium online or on Facebook.

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CLEARWATER AQUARIUM

Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Education Department is dedicated to inspiring guests of all ages to appreciate the marine environment while promoting conservation action and developing an understanding for the irreplaceable value of all life in our world’s ocean. By teaching children and adults the importance of conservation, ecology and stewardship, we believe they will apply this knowledge to make sustainable choices and take an active part in preserving our marine environment. Visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium online or on Facebook.

BIG CAT RESCUE

BIG CAT RESCUE

Big Cat Rescue’s mission is to provide the best possible home for the animals in our care and to stop the flow of exotic cats needing sanctuary by educating the public about the plight of the animals and supporting stronger laws to protect them. Visit Big Cat Rescue online or on Facebook.

OLD MCMICKYS FARM

OLD MCMICKEY’S FARM

Old McMicky’s Farm is Florida’s most unique, educational, and hands-on animal farm and Beautiful Party Location.

They offer a fun-filled professionally guided tour of their beautiful lakeside farm- walk ins and groups are always welcome- amazing kid’s birthday parties. Visit Old McMicky's Farm online or on Facebook.

SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY

SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY

The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation, Inc., is a privately funded, 501(c)3, non-profit volunteer-run organization that provides a safe haven and forever home to over 130 residents. Visit The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation online or on Facebook.

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SEASIDE SEABIRD SANCTUARY

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the 1.7 acre sanctuary which is home to nearly 100 permanently disabled birds which are on display in large aviaries.

Kids can enjoy the special events and activities that are held in the Sanctuary's Youth Activities Classroom such as the Screech Owl Presentation, as well as the "Reading with Rufous" Storytime event. Visit Seaside Seabird Sanctuary online or on Facebook.

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CROC ENCOUNTERS

Croc Encounters is an educational facility as well as an animal sanctuary. Croc Encounters is home to hundreds of rescued animals at their 15 acre facility.

Croc Encounters is a working agritourism facility not only providing a home to many unwanted animals but also dedicating efforts towards captive breeding to enhance the representation of the species and to reduce pressure on wild populations.

They offer guided tours as well as educational programs at school, events and birthday parties. Visit Croc Encounters online or on Facebook.

BUSCH GARDENS

BUSCH GARDENS

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay theme park is the ultimate family adventure, combining world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and more than 12,000 animals! You'll have an entire day of fun when you visit our 335-acre African-themed animal theme park! Purchase upgrades such as all-day dining, quick queue to skip the lines, or a safari for your enhanced experience today. Visit Busch Gardens online or on Facebook.

HORSEPOWER FOR KIDS

HORSEPOWER FOR KIDS

HorsePower for Kids is an outdoor animal sanctuary and family fun park. We have a petting zoo, an exotic animal walking path, a playground and picnic area, a wooded park with children's zip line, and a train you can ride to see the animals. Visit Horsepower for kids on the web or on Facebook.

Come join us for IN THE WILD week at a class or playdate! Sign up to try it out for free here.