Animal Encounters

This page lists places in the Tampa, Florida area where kids can interact with or observe animals including: pets, farm animals, zoo animals and animals in the wild.
Kids Tampa: Animal Encounters - Fun 4 Tampa Kids
Bakas Equestrian Center

The Bakas Equestrian Center hosts riding lessons for children and adults who have physical and/or mental disabilities. It offers introductory riding l ...

Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
11510 Whisper Lake Trail, Tampa, Florida, 33626
Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary

Big Cat Rescue, a non profit educational sanctuary, is devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic) cats wh ...

Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
12802 Easy Street, Tampa, Florida, 33625
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate theme park providing unrivaled excitement for the perfect family vacation in Florida, including a unique blen ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa, Florida, 33612
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center

Camp Bayou is open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching and nature photography. This is a nature e ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
4202 24th St Se, Ruskin, Florida, 33570
Croc Encounters

Croc Encounters is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to rescuing unwanted reptiles. Croc Encounters offers personal guided tours, tours for schools and ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
8703 Bowles Rd., Tampa, Florida, 33737
Florida Aquarium, The

Come discover one of the best aquariums in the country at The Florida Aquarium in beautiful downtown Tampa. A wonderful family destination with plenty ...

Area: South Tampa (Includes Downtown, Hyde Park, Beach Park)
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33602
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida has 3 million acres of freshwater lakes, 12,000 miles of rivers and streams, and more than 8,000 miles of coastline--all of which have fish. N ...

Free: Yes
Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT) is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At its core is a network o ...

HorsePower for Kids, Inc.

Horse Power for Kids offers an ideal country setting for people of all ages to experience life on a horse farm. Our volunteers will answer your quest ...

Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
8005 S. Racetrack Rd, Tampa, Florida, 33635
Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is today ranked the number one zoo in the U.S. Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 1,500 animals from Florida and similar ha ...

Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes)
1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33604
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Nanny’s Educational Zoo And Rescue

We want kids to interact with animals and learn about them in a fun atmosphere. Open weekends.

Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes)
1139 Livingston Rd, Lutz, Florida, 33559
Old McMicky's Farm

Relax, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors at Old McMicky’s Farm. Enjoy a fun-filled day with up-close hands-on experiences – milkin ...

Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes)
9612 Crescent Drive, Odessa, Florida, 33556
Red Fox Stables

Red Fox Stables is in a beautiful location for horse boarding or riding whenever you are in the mood. We conveniently share a border with the county p ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
12751 Amber Lane, Lithia, Florida, 33547
Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center

Big Bend's discharge canal is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary that provides critical protection from the cold for these unique, gen ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, Florida, 33572
USF Botanical Gardens

The USF Botanical Gardens is part of the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences. It consists of about 1 ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
12210 USF Pine Dr, Tampa, Florida, 33620