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Best Florida Zoos and Florida Petting Zoos

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florida zoos and petting zoosCovid-19 Restrictions.

Most Florida Zoos are open, but many require advanced booking at reserved times. Be sure to check with each zoo and petting zoo to determine their policies regarding Covid-19 safety measures. Since COVID-19 may be transmitted to animals in addition to people, expect strict enforcement of COVID-19 protocols.

Zoo Accreditation

All of the major zoos in Florida are accredited by the Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA.) AZA accreditation recognizes institutions that meet the highest professional standards for animal welfare, scientific education and staff training.

Zoo Regulation by The Federal Animal Welfare Act

"Animal exhibits open to the public must be licensed whether they are owned by states, counties, or other local governments; corporations; foundations; or private individuals. Petting zoos with regulated animals must be licensed and are subject to regulations within the Animal Welfare Act that protect animals and the public."

Individual Petting Zoos and Farms

All independently operated for profit zoos are regulated by

Best Florida Zoos

Several Florida zoos rank among the top zoos in the nation and all have quality petting zoos that provide a fun and educational experience for all kids. The top zoos are accredited by the American Zoological Society.

A visit to a Florida zoo will introduce your children to animals and they will benefit from being able to interact with the animals. Kids love to see and touch the baby animals.

Petting Zoos in Florida

florida petting zooLet your children experience hands on contact with tame animals such as dwarf goats, llamas, mini horses, calves, rabbits, chickens, and other docile animals at the Jacksonville Zoo. In Orlando visit the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens featuring educational programs for kids and the Disney World Petting Zoo at Animal Kingdom.
Over on the Space Coast you can combine a visit to the Kennedy Space Center with an excursion to the world renown Brevard Zoo.

Zoo Birthday Party

(Check with the zoo to determine current options.)

Many families celebrate special occasions, such a birthdays, with a party at the petting zoo. Many zoos and petting zoos offer birthday party packages in facilities set aside for this purpose.

Some birthday party venues offer packages including catering, party favors, and decorating. Others are more bare bones with the customer supplying the food and decorations. Check with the zoo you are interested in for more details.

For example, ZooMiami Birthday Party Package Includes:

Private outdoor pavilion with seating for up to 2 hours (Indoor upgrade available), buffet lunch of pizza accompanied with kettle chips, lemonade, and water plus Zoo Admission and free parking. Plus, activities, games and background music, a gift for the birthday child, a carousel ride for each guest, and a goodie bag for each child. You also have the option to book additional catering and fun activities!!!

Visit a Florida Zoo | Petting Farm

florida zooA Florida zoo offers diverse animal experiences for all ages, ranging from riding a dolphin at Florida's Discovery Cove in Orlando to cuddling a baby goat at the Brevard Zoo petting zoo in Melbourne. World famous ZooMiami has a petting zoo you don't want to miss and the Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach is a must see zoo for kids of all ages.

Sleepovers

Subject to COVID restrictions, check with Busch Gardens in Tampa about their sleepover program for groups of 20 or more. Sleepovers include dinner, breakfast, a Camp t-shirt and water bottle for each participant. Venues vary based on the theme of the sleepover and the group size. A special Birthday sleepover is available that includes a birthday cake.

Florida Aquarium in Tampa

Meet Florida marine life in natural habitats including a coral reef inhabited by tropical fish and a wetlands trail featuring playful otters and wading alligators. Or take a dolphin cruise to see these entertaining mammals playing in the Gulf of Mexico.

While in Tampa be sure to visit the world famous ZooTampa at Lowry Park. ZooTampa is a quality zoo that is just the right size for everyone.

Horse Rides and Pony Parties

For another great birthday idea check out our Florida Pony Party directory.


Florida Zoo Directory

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Hunsander Farms
Florida Petting Farm and Birthday Parties
5500 CR 675
Bradenton, FL
941-322-2168
Bradenton, Florida petting farm for birthday parties. Through the years we have added many events and activities in an effort to share with the community a little piece of our farming heritage. In 1990 we built the barn style Farm Market, then added the farm animal petting zoo in 1991.

Golden Rainbow Ranch ~ Parties & Petting Zoo
Petting Farm Non-Profit Donations
Brooksville, FL
352-799-5425
Brooksville, Florida petting zoo and pony parties. Golden Rainbow Ranch is a non profit organization, offering an ideal country environment for hands-on farm and nature activities. Families, youth groups, school field trips, and people with special needs are welcome.
All are welcome to come play with our alpacas, goats, miniature donkey, chickens, geese, pigs, cows, and dogs, or learn about Florida ecosystems and help with plants.

Farm Life Foundation
Farm Tours and Programs
46480 Sauls Road
Callahan, FL
904-879-0396
The specific mission of this organization is to provide awareness, direction and educational support in the areas of natural farm operations, planting, animal care and sustainability for both animal and human sustenance. Please call ahead.

Broward Petting Zoo at Tradewinds Park
Educational Farm
3600 W. Sample Rd.
Coconut Creek, FL
954-491-4605
Tradewinds Educational Farm was developed to reflect the history of farm activities in Broward County and to educate the public about the various types of farm animals native to the area.

Emerald Coast Zoo
Florida Panhandle
5262 Deer Springs Dr
Crestview, FL
(850) 682-3949
We are a small zoo focused on the enjoyment of people, and the happiness of the animals in our care. Conservation is a key factor in life and should become second nature.
Star of the A&E show Wild Transport, Rick the Reptile Guy, has entertained millions on TV and performed shows all over the US. Now, he and his wife Sara and three kids have brought their skills, talents, and passion to the Emerald Coast.

Farm to You Review™
Travel to You Petting Farm
Dunellon, FL
845.518.1239
Traveling Petting Farm. We offer a wide variety of animals that are always ready for up close and personal contact. Holding and petting our clean, friendly animals is an experience never to be forgotten!
Serving Central, North Central, and West Florida.

Nonie's Ark Animal Encounters
Florida Panhandle Petting Zoo
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
850-862-9588
Fort Walton Beach, Florida petting zoo serving Northwest Florida. If you love wild and domestic animals and like to be up close and personal with them, this is the petting zoo party for you! Even if it's not your birthday, I can bring my animals to you wherever you are. My programs are fun and educational animal encounters using rescued small exotic pets. We present a zoo type interactive show with live animals at your home or other location where animals are permitted. I can also hostess your birthday party. I will decorate, lead games, bring prizes, and even bake the cake!

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
North Central Florida Zoo
3000 NW 83rd Street
Gainesville, FL
The Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is Gainesville’s community zoo and the training facility for the Zoo Animal Technology Program. Situated on 10 forested acres we house rare and endangered species including Matchie's tree kangaroos and Ocelots.
The zoo offers birthday parties and animal encounters as added events.

The Little Farm
Pony Rides and Petting Farm
13401 S.W. 224 Street
Goulds, FL
(305) 258-3186
Miami, Florida petting zoo. The Little Farm is a traditional family farm. No exotic animals are used and the emphasis is on basic livestock production. All the animals are hand raised and carefully selected so that young children can touch and learn while having fun in a safe, structured environment.
We look forward to providing your guests with the best; petting zoo, pony rides, and tour of farm and butterfly garden, as we possibly can. All of our staff is trained to carefully set up the farm and entertain your guests.

Gulf Breeze Zoo near Pensacola, Florida
Florida Panhandle Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze, FL
(850) 932-2229
The award winning Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to over 800 animals from around the world. Walk around our lush Florida gardens and observe hundreds of animals, including primates, large cats, bears and colorful birds. Plan to spend time at the large petting zoo area, the giraffe feeding station and the reptile house.
Everyone loves the interactive petting zoo, the alligator feeding, or taking unique selfies with birds in the free flight Australian aviary! Top off your day with a guided Safari Train ride through the 30-acre African preserve featuring rhinos, hippos, Western lowland gorillas, and Sumatran orangutans.
This Pensacola, Florida zoo is also perfect for birthday parties.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Jacksonville Florida Zoo
370 Zoo Parkway
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 757-4463
Visit the Jacksonville Zoo and discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. You will see why the zoo is becoming a world class animal exotic animal habitat with over 2,000 animals, reptiles, and birds.
The Jacksonville Zoo petting zoo is also the wildest place in town to host your next birthday party and you take the center stage in the action. Our Behind-the-Scenes Tours let kids see how the zoo works. They will love the contact with baby goats, sheep, llamas, rabbits, and our giant tortoise.
Complete birthday party packages available to save you time and money.

Green Meadows Farm
1368 South Poinciana Blvd.
Kissimmee, FL
(407) 846-0770
Orlando, Florida petting zoos and farms. Green Meadows farm offers a petting farm experience for children of all ages featuring a fun combination of rides and farm animal attractions. Our animals are very friendly and love to be fed and touched. At Green Meadows farm you will learn about cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, rabbits, goats, donkeys and more.

Uncle Donald's Farm
Florida Petting Zoo and Farm
2713 Griffin Avenue
Lady Lake, FL
352 753 2882
Orlando, Florida petting zoo and farm. The farm is home to about 300 animals both domesticated and wild. There is a whole section of wild animals including a Florida Panther, gopher tortoise, red-shouldered hawk, great horned owl, baby deer,an iguana, and even baby alligators. These animals are rescued and have been given a home here for all to enjoy.
Hayride, petting farm and wild animals. Serving Orlando and Central Florida. Pumpkin Patch and hay maze open in October.

Lion Country Safari Birthday Parties
West Palm Beach Petting Zoo
2003 Lion Country Safari Road
Loxahatchee, FL, FL
561-793-1084 ext 2270
West Palm Beach Zoo Party. Party Packages include: Admission to the Safari drive-through preserve and Safari World walk-through. Pizza, chips, drink and ice cream for each paying guest Birthday child receives a free T-shirt and plush toy. Themed plates, cups, and napkins Printable party invitations Set-up and clean-up One return ticket for all paid children

Brevard Zoo & Petting Zoo
Space Coast Zoo
8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne - Brevard County, FL
321.254.9453
Brevard Zoo features animals in their natural habitats including its famous giraffe petting tower. Brevard Zoo hosts Birthday parties, a petting farm, zoo camps, and offers loads of fun for the whole family, in Paws On you can enjoy water play, an aquarium, and a new animal petting area. Paws On is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents can grab a cup of coffee, watch the kids play from the patio, and enjoy free WI-FI. The new exhibit is included in Zoo admission. The petting zoo features deer, pygmy goats, emus, alpacas, and a gopher tortoise.

Zoological Wildlife Foundation
16225 SW 172 Avenue
Miami, FL
305-969-3696
Miami, Florida petting zoo. Zoological Wildlife Foundation is the place to go if you love animals. This is because there is not only a wonderful zoo here, but also a great petting zoo where we let you interact and physically play with our animals.
In our petting zoo, located in South Florida, you get a chance to directly interact with our animals. The animals we own are very young and well trained, making it safe for you to interact with them.

Ponies 4 Party
Pony Rental and Petting Zoo
Miami, FL
(305) 328-8570
Miami, Florida pony rides and a petting zoo. We serve all of Miami-Dade and South Broward, including Homestead, Miami Beach, Kendall, Hollywood, Davie, Pasadena Lakes, and we provide all the animals plus a trackless train ride and photo shoot.

Ponies & Petting Zoo of Miami
Pony Parties and Petting Zoo
Miami, FL
(305) 328-8570
Miami, Florida pony party and petting zoo. We bring the animals to your home or event. * Fast setup and takedown. * Professional Staff. * No yard is too small. * Our people wash and clean the animals before the party. * Licensed & Fully Insured.

Zoo Miami
Florida Zoo and Petting Zoo
12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL, FL
305-251-0400
The Miami, Florida zoo is known as Zoo Miami and attracts visitors from all over the world. Known for its huge variety of wild animals that are house in natural habitats with plenty of room to roam. The zoo offers educational programs, daily animal shows, and a children's petting zoo that is great for birthday parties.
Zoo Miami today occupies almost 750 acres, and is home to more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples, FL
(239) 262-5409
Naples, Florida zoo. The Naples Zoo features zoo animals, a petting zoo, train ride and special events throughout the year. The Naples Zoo offers camps and other educational opportunities for school age children plus a special family program.

Petting Zoo Ocala
Ocala, Florida Petting Zoo with Farm Animals
11150 W Highway 40
Ocala, FL
352-237-3527
Petting Zoo Ocala offers friendly farm animals for viewing, petting, and feeding. Visitors have an opportunity to meet camels, llamas, monkeys, goats, pigs, sheep, ducks, and horses. we offer pony rides, train rides, and camel rides.

A covered picnic area is also available for you to enjoy.

Disney World Petting Zoo
Orlando Petting Zoo
Orlando, FL
Affection Section petting zoo at Animal Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, FL. Kids love the hands on encounters with goats, sheep, and other farm animals. Encounter a variety of adorable animals at the only petting zoo at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Autumn Oaks Farm
Orlando Petting Zoo and Farm
Orlando, FL
407.322.2733
Orlando, Florida petting zoo and petting farm. All our petting farm animals are clean, friendly, inoculated and the majority are born on our farm. Our specialties include birthday parties, company picnics, daycare, and school events, churches, and nursing homes.We also offer pony rides,

Discovery Cove Orlando
Swim with the Dolphins
Orlando, FL
1-877-557-7404
Imagine a place where you and your family can touch and swim with dolphins, wade with mysterious rays, snorkel among thousands of exotic fish, hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary and relax on pristine beaches. Discover an all-inclusive day resort experience that’s one of a kind.

Sea World Orlando
A Different Kind of Petting Zoo
7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, FL
1-888-800-5447
Pet the fishes. Stingray Lagoon. See, feel and feed at Stingray Lagoon. Stingrays are one of the most docile animals to inhabit the oceans. Put your hand just below the surface of the stingray pool and you are likely to feel the velvety skin of a stingray. Also, feed and touch the sea lions and harbor seals at Pacific Point preserve where the fun never stops.

Gatorland Zoo
Orlando Petting Zoo
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL
800.393.JAWS
Orlando, Florida alligator zoo features thousands of alligators and crocodiles, a bird aviary, a petting zoo, and animals shows. Allies Barn Yard for over the fence feeding and petting. Birthday party packages with everything supplied.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Orlando Area Zoo and Petting Zoo
3755 NW Hwy 17-92
Orlando - Sanford, FL
407.323.4450
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is located in Sanford, FL, just north of Orlando. The Central Florida zoo offers over 500 animals representing 205 species plus the Zoom Air Adventure Park. Bring your swimsuits to cool off in the Tropical Splash Ground.
For hands-on animal petting for the kids, Central Florida Zoo hosts the popular Barnyard Buddies Children's Zoo. A great place for your child's birthday party.

Zoo World
Florida Zoo and Petting Zoo
9008 Front Beach Road
Panama City, FL
850-230-1243
Panama City, Florida zoo offering birthday party packages. Welcome to ZooWorld a 501(C)(3) non-profit educational facility. Featuring summer safari camp. ZooWorld is home to over 260 animals including exotic and endangered species.

Sun City Stables
Pony Rides and Petting Zoo
Ruskin, FL
(813) 649-1126
Ruskin, Florida horse stables, boarding, and horseback riding. Rates are $30 an hour. We give individual or group Riding Lessons. We do Pony Parties at your place or ours. We have a Petting Zoo.

Horse Power for Kids
Petting Zoo and Pony Rides
Tampa, FL
(813) 855-8992
Tampa, Florida petting zoos, horseback riding, and carriage rides.
Make your special day one to remember with a horse-drawn carriage ride from Horse Power for Kids. Offering birthday parties that include the petting zoo.
Parties can be on our premises or yours including animals.
Our beautiful Clydesdale, Stoney, and our elegant white carriage make an excellent choice for adding that extra bit of romantic style to your wedding day.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park
Florida Zoo and Petting Zoo
1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL
813- 935-8552
Tampa, Florida zoo featuring thousands of wild animals living in natural habitats, plus daily shows including the pony parade and the Macaw flyover.
ZooTampa also hosts Toddler Tuesday, Zoo University, and Yoga in the Wild.
The zoo is also a very popular place for birthday parties for all ages.

Welcome to HorsePower for Kids, Inc.
Pony Rental and Petting Zoo
8005 S. Racetrack Rd.
Tampa, FL
(813) 855-8992
HorsePower for Kids is an outdoor animal sanctuary and family fun farm located in Northwest Tampa near Oldsmar and Westchase. We offer a petting zoo, horse, and pony rides, a Playground and picnic areas, a child-size zip line, and a train that rides around the grounds to see all the animals!
See our website for information about Birthday Parties and Events

Florida Aquarium
Marine Zoo
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL
813-273-4000
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa offers the opportunity to learn about marine life in and around Florida. Visitors of all ages enjoy the chance to interact with marine life exhibits and viewing over 9,000 animals.
Plan your next birthday party at the Florida Aquarium.

Cock-A_Doodle_Doo
Pony Rides and Petting Zoo
West Palm Beach, FL
561-676-4786
West Palm Beach, Florida Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Hayrides, Reptile Show, Cotton Candy, Sno-Cones, Popcorn, Sand Art, Spin Art, Carnival Games, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Slides, and Rock Wall.

Palm Beach Zoo
Palm Beach County Zoo
1301 Summit Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL
(561) 533‐0887 x 217
The Palm Beach Zoo mission is to protect wildlife, and advance conservation through endangered species prorogation and education. You will find many Florida wild animal species as well as animals from all over the world.
The Palm Beach Zoo does not have a petting zoo. Enquire about a birthday party package.


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