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Discover Safari Wilderness – 1 of the Top 10 Safaris in the US!

Time to add another exciting adventure in Central Florida to our list! Check out this amazing opportunity to take your family or friends to visit Safari Wilderness today! Read about all the fun ways to view, photograph, learn more about, and interact with the animals at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, FL!

Our family is going to be visiting TODAY for a sneaky surprise for my daughter’s 11th birthday! You won’t want to miss the delightful pics and stories of our adventure coming up tomorrow!

DISCOVER ONE OF FODOR’S “TOP 10 SAFARIS IN THE U.S.” IN THE HEART OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Feel worlds away at Safari Wilderness, no passport or long-haul flights required

LAKELAND, FL (November 6, 2017) – Rivaling the African savanna, the dramatic, 260-acre landscape of Safari Wilderness sets the scene for an unforgettable, family adventure. Located halfway between Tampa and Orlando in scenic Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, this family-owned, working game ranch offers an up-close encounter with herds of roaming exotic animals—without the crowds and lines found at theme parks and zoos.

During the signature vehicle safari, an experienced guide leads a small group of adventurers in a custom safari vehicle through the open vista of grazing animals surrounded by cypress domes and bay trees. Under the truck’s shaded canopy, guests are safe, cool and comfortable year-round, and everyone has the perfect view. Safari highlights include close-up encounters with Eland, Red Lechwe, Sitatunga, Waterbuck, Grant’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Watusi Cattle, Barasingha, Axis Deer, Fallow Deer, Water Buffalo, Scimitar-Horned Oryx and Nilgai. Guests may also take part in hands-on interactions with many species that feed from the vehicle. Pricing is $90 per guest. All ages are welcome.

Other tour options include a 90-minute camelback expedition in which guests can join the ranch’s roaming animals by becoming a part of the herd. Two experienced tour guides and handlers lead camels through the pristine wilderness. This is the only full-on camel-backed game-viewing safari outside of Africa. Pricing is $180 per guest. Children ages three to five must ride with an adult. Children under age three are not permitted.

Another option, game viewing by kayak, offers a unique perspective that is active, adventurous and educational. During this tour, guides lead small groups to easily navigate freshwater areas and encounter wetland species such as common and Defassa Waterbuck and Red Lechwe. Kayakers will also spot a variety of common local Waterfowl and upland birds such as Killdeer, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills, Cormorants, Wood Duck, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Kestrel, Red-shouldered Hawk, Meadowlark, Black and Turkey Vulture. Pricing is $180 per person. Children ages five to eight must ride with an adult. Children under age five are not permitted.

Any of the above safari experiences can be extended with the following add-on activities:

  • Lemur feeding – Enter the Ring-tailed Lemur habitat with a guide and hand feed grapes to a troop of playful and polite Prosimians. This “guest favorite” is in high demand and limited to a few participants per day.
  • Budgie feeding – Enter an outdoor aviary with a guide and feed up to 200 beautiful Budgie Parakeets. These colorful, sweet and playful creatures will land to eat seed straight out of a willing hand.
  • Guinea pig feeding – Guinea pigs live in colonies, which are fascinating to experience. The whole colony greets guests with excited whistling in anticipation of being fed.

Available by reservation only, tours are strictly limited in size to ensure a high-quality experience for every guest. Each guided safari lasts approximately one and a half to two hours. For online reservations visit http://safariwilderness.com or call (813) 382-2120.

In addition to tours, Safari Wilderness offers facility rentals—including the option of a full buyout—to host weddings, field trips, birthday parties, company holiday parties and corporate groups. For rental information visit http://safariwilderness.com/rentals/.

Follow Safari Wilderness on Facebook and Instagram at @SafariWilderness and on Twitter at @SafariWild.


Let me know if you get to go visit Safari Wilderness! I can’t wait to hear how you liked it! It’s now on our top ten list of family friendly experiences in Central Florida! Lots of beautiful pics coming soon from our visit!

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Splashing Good Fun at Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo!

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Kiddie Rides That Excite and Delight

What a delightful day! I am simply amazed at how much Lowry Park Zoo has to offer its visitors, but I’m especially excited to share about the FUNTASTIC Wallaroo Station section of the park! We started off with some wonderful kiddie rides such as the Tiger Coaster, Banana Planes, and then the bumper boats and mini cars. I must say the mini cars ride is the most sophisticated and modern version of this type of ride I’ve ever seen! I wanted to ride it – it was that cool! Ever dream of riding on a manatee or a panda bear? Well now’s your chance! This is a lovely carousel featuring all kinds of favorite animals to ride on instead of the typical merri-go-round horses. My kids wanted to keep getting back on to ride another favorite animal the next time around! Did I mention these fun rides are included free with the price of admission? How awesome is that?!!

Gift Shops with Helpful and Unique Items

Next we peeked at some of the nifty gift shops that offer everything you could need to walk around the zoo or play in the water areas with wide brimmed hats, towels, adorable claw shaped water shoes, suntan lotion, sunglasses and more! There’s even an amazing “wings” of a macaw that slides on your arms so the child can flap their wings and pretend to be a bird. Very well made and the cleverest costume prop/gift item at a zoo I’ve ever encountered! My son and daughter wanted to bring it home!

Feed The Goats

There was a squeal of glee from my 8 year old daughter as she spotted the feeding machine for the petting zoo of goats and llamas. I scrounged in my purse for some quarters and we were on our way to feed the goats. The kids laughed and squirmed as the goats tickled their fingers and palms licking up the food out of their hands. I got some adorable photos and video of them. I highly suggest bringing quarters and a camera to be ready for those memorable moments!

Petting Zoo to Pet and Brush the Goats

The kids then wanted to proceed inside the petting zoo area and go in to brush the goat’s fur with these fun little brushes that fit on their hands. My daughter said she felt like she was working on a farm – she loved it! My son who is four years old didn’t want to leave – he was ready to play with the goats up close and personal all day. It’s great to note the zoo has hand washing stations throughout this section of the park so you can easily clean up after using the petting zoo or other areas of Wallaroo Station.

Tasty Cool Treats

We took a short break and cooled off with the excitement of creating their own icee from the huge icee station next to the Tiger Coaster and Petting Zoo. We mixed several tasty flavors such as grape, orange, cherry, blue raspberry, and Mountain Dew! There were still tons we haven’t tried yet!

Animal Shows and Entertainment

On our walk towards the next stop in Wallaroo Station, we saw the horses feeding and getting a wash down to cool them. It was so neat to see the two horses nuzzle each other by the nose as if they were in love. They have shows during the day with the horses and then a different show for the goats doing an obstacle course type of performance.

Bats, Flying Foxes and Upside Pics

We got to go for a walk along the wooden boardwalk type trail in Wallaroo Station that had various animals or birds to see during the trek. We especially enjoyed going inside the bat house area and seeing the flying foxes… they are so huge and colorful yet as my daughter mentioned… kind of creepy hanging upside down and realizing there are flying animals that big like bats.

We got a kick out of the awesome photo opp station in front of the bat house … your child can stand in front of this bat display with its wing coming out around them like they are being held by the bat. The sign is upside down on purpose over their head so that you take the picture and then rotate it upside down when you display it.. it makes it look like your child was hanging upside down with a giant bat!

Fantastic Food and Affordable Prices

That triggered the kids getting hungry for some lunch, so we headed over to the cafe and sat beside the koala exhibits! The koalas were sleeping of course, but it was still cool to see them while we ate in the shade. The food was super! We enjoyed a variety of menu items such as chicken ceasar salad, hot dog and fries, pizza, hamburger, and even a chicken club sandwich and fresh fruit and cheese n cracker cups. The service from the attendants there was great and the quality of the self serve condiments bar was awesome with everything from pickles to tomatoes and lots in between!

Walk About with Kangaroos

One of my favorite spots was the Walk About where you could see the kangaroos gently resting or feeding on veggies. They were so precious and gentle. You just wished you could go up and hug them or feed them a carrot. My kids were fascinated just walking by each one and seeing it hop along or sit up on its hind legs and listen to the sounds in the air. One even hid from the crown inside a rock formation and peeked it’s head out once in a while like it was playing peek-a-boo. Too cute!

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Splashing Good Fun At Wallaroo Station At Lowry Park Zoo

As the day progressed and the sun got hotter, we started to reapply suntan lotion and thought the kids may need a break from the heat. I am pleased to share that Lowry Park Zoo has been so thoughtful to families and made sure to have ways families with kids can have fun and beat the heat during their visit too. It was so awesome to see all the neat things you can do here in Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo. They have a very COOL water play area right in the middle of it all with fountains, waterfalls, dumping buckets, and spouts that squirt water out of the ground, sides of the wall and even from the mouths of turtles! My kids were just giggling and making friends with the other kids there – all having a splashing good time not minding the heat one bit.

More Tasty Cool Treats

There’s also a snow cone stand right by the entrance to Wallaroo Station that we highly recommend too where you can put your own flavors on! My daughter had so many flavors on hers it almost became a slushie instead of a snow cone. lol. Kids just love when they can do things themselves. Very addicting to keep choosing other flavors to put on the ice of the snow cone.

Isn’t it great to know your visit to Lowry Park Zoo can be filled with exciting exhibits of animals, fun kiddie rides, a petting zoo, delightful shows to watch, delicious food, cool down treats, and even a splash n play area? They’ve thought of everything!

Grab the COUPON

We LOVED our visit to Lowry Park Zoo and can’t wait to go back! There’s so much more than what I was even able to share with you today. I highly recommend using the coupon code below and treating the family to a day at the zoo or even buying an annual pass. That’s what we want to do next! A place this fun will be great family time year-round. Enjoy the Savings with this COUPON! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has offered to give my readers $3 off Zoo Admission!

The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Visit www.LowryParkZoo.org or call (813) 935-8552 for information. Want to learn more? Read my previous post HERE.

Have you been to a zoo lately? What’s your favorite exhibit or animal, or other attraction? Share with us in the comments and tell us if you’ve been to Lowry Park Zoo’s Wallaroo Station.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received free entrance to the zoo for the purpose of writing this review. However, I only share items that are of value or interest to my family and my readers. Special thanks to US Family Guide and Lowry Park Zoo.