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Wildlife & Zoos in Florida
If you're looking for some fun family-friendly things to do while visiting Florida, pay a visit to one of the many world-class zoos from the Panhandle to the southernmost tip.
As the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, Zoo Miami is home to over 2,000 animals and 1,200 plants in a beautiful, tropical atmosphere. Set on 740 lush acres, Zoo Miami features four main exhibit areas - Asia, Africa, Amazon and Beyond and Australia – with 100 wildlife exhibits.
Over on the northeast coast, spend a day at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and explore over 100 acres filled with over 2,500 animals and roughly 1,000 plant species. Must-see exhibits include the River Valley Aviary, featuring 9,000 square feet of natural scenery and birds showcasing native wetland creatures in their natural habitat.
When visiting the southwest coast of Florida, head to The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. As one of the Florida Gulf Coast's most popular attractions, the zoo is home to about 70 species of animals, including alligators, monkeys, and tigers, as well as exceptional exhibits like Alligator Bay, the African Oasis, and the Lion's Lair.
Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm
Providing care for retired, rescued, abandoned, and abused horses, the Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm is located in the north-central Florida community of Alachua, near Gainesville. Managed by Retirement Home for Horses, Inc., a not-for-profit organization started by Peter and Mary Gregory, the retirement home is comprised of 265 acres of green pastures.
Home to over 130 horses, Mill Creek Farm opens up to the public every Saturday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Guests can get up close to visit the happy horses and admission is just two carrots. Whether you're a horse fanatic, or simply searching for a pleasant afternoon activity, check out the Retirement Home for Horses in Alachua.