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Best Zoos in Florida to visit with family

With the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other side, Florida is one of the best vacation destinations.

Its miles and miles of beaches and beautiful coastline brings in millions of tourists every year.

Once they explore all the beaches, the tourists turn their attention towards Florida’s national parks, amusement parks, water parks, and zoos.

Florida State has some of the most visitor-friendly zoos in the USA, which is also a massive hit with the locals.

Check out our list of the six best zoos in Florida.

Miami Zoo

Miami Zoo
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Miami Zoo is the largest zoo in Florida and one of the most family-friendly activities in Miami.

The best thing about the Miami Zoo is that the animals aren’t kept in cages and instead roam around freely in their natural habitats.

Also known as the Miami Metro Zoo, this tourist spot attracts one million visitors every year.

Central Florida Zoo

Central Florida Zoo, Sanford
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Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens is on the edge of Lake Monroe in Sanford, Florida.

Because of its location, the family-friendly tourist attraction is also referred to as Sanford Zoo. 

Both locals and tourists visit the zoo for its 350 animals on display and numerous wildlife experiences. 

Tampa Zoo

Tampa Bay Zoo
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Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park houses more than 1300 animals and occupies one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings globally. 

Because of its location, visitors often refer to it as the Lowry Park Zoo.

Tampa Zoo animals are split into five different habitats – Florida Wildlife, Primates World, Asian Gardens, Safari Africa, and Wallaroo Station.

Almost one million people visit Tampa Zoo every year to see its animals, attend wildlife shows, splash in water play areas, feel the thrill on its rides, etc. 

Jacksonville Zoo

Jacksonville Zoo
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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to more than 2000 animal species and 1000 rare plants.

Spread over 122 acres, it has wildlife from every part of the world, and various kid-friendly activities, making it an excellent family outing.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a 335-acre African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florida.

With 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, and games, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is an ultimate family adventure.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a zoological theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is divided into six different realms, each better than the other.

It is spread over 580 acres and is the largest theme park in the world.

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