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
Apollo Beach Nature Preserve

The South Shore area offers a different type of beach experience. Visitors are not permitted to swim, but you can watch for manatees and dolphins in t ...

6760 Surfside Boulevard, Apollo Beach, Florida, 33572
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
Dade City's Wild Things

Dade City's Wild Things is an ecotourism zoo that brings you closer than ever to some magnificent animals on our guided Sunken Jungle Trek or Jungle S ...

Type of Day Trip: Animal Encounter
37245 Meridian Avenue, Dade City, Florida, 33525
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 ...

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
Giraffe Ranch

Have you ever fed a giraffe? Have you ever smelled their grassy breath? These are memories that will last you a lifetime. At Giraffe Ranch in Dade Cit ...

Type of Day Trip: Animal Encounter
38650 Mickler Rd, Dade City, Florida, 33523
Grady Goat Yoga Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay's Original Goat Yoga..the HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH! Join us every weekend for Grady Goat Yoga at Hat Trick Ranch! Bring your yoga mat and enj ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
12551 Franklin Road, Thonotosassa, Fl, 33592
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: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33604
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
Sweet Blossom Alpaca Farm

Farm Tour/Lunch Sweet Blossom Alpacas provides tours of the farm by appointment only. You'll get to experience seeing the alpacas in their natural en ...

Type of Day Trip: Animal Encounter, Educational, Other
Open Season: Limited hours in the summer
37543 Pappy Road, Dade City, FL, 33523
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
Wayward Mustang Horsemanship Barn Experience and Meet and Greet

We are a mother-daughter team who are passionate about children and animals. We are a homeschool, foster, and military family who strives to provide a ...

Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes)
18731 Crescent Road, Odessa, FL, 33556
Wonders of Nature

Stay right where you are, we come to you! Wonders of Nature is a fun and educational wildlife show that has educated children in the Tampa Bay area ...

Area: Mobile
Mobile in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee Counties, FL