Are you looking for a fun-filled afternoon with the kids during your next Florida vacation? While it’s nice to sit on the beach and relax all day, your little ones might be looking for something more adventurous. Florida is full of state parks and attractions that give you up-close looks at all of our wonderful wildlife. So, when you need an activity that doesn’t involve sand, hop in your van rental from Carl’s Van Rentals and check out any of these amazing wildlife encounters.

3 Amazing Florida Wildlife Encounters

1. Hand-Feed the Giraffes 

It’s not often that you can get up close and personal with safari animals, but at the Lion Country Safari, you can! This park is the only drive-through-yourself attraction in Florida, and it’s home to more than 900 animals. You’ll spot everything from the park’s pride of lions to a herd of water buffalo. If you want to experience some one-on-one time with some animals, the park offers many different feeding attractions, including the chance to feed the park’s giraffes. The giraffe feeding experience includes 20 minutes and a painting done by the giraffe.

2. Meet Penguins at SeaWorld

At SeaWorld in Orlando, FL, you and the family can sign up to meet the penguins. The Penguins Up-Close Tour takes you behind the scenes of the wonderful, icy world of penguins and how the keepers tend to these animals on a regular basis. At the end of the tour, you get to touch and interact with the penguins, which is sure to be a fun experience for kids of all ages. 

3. Spot the Manatees

Manatees are one of the most unique animals on Earth, and we get asked about them all the time. People often want to know where they can take their kids to see them up close. Manatees are quiet, docile sea cows that tend to live in the Everglades or other smaller bodies of water. Various wildlife parks around the state offer eco-tours that give you a glimpse into the world of Manatees. Two of the most common places we send people are the Manatee Lagoon or Lee County Manatee Park.

Take Your Next Animal Adventure with Us

Florida has so much to offer when it comes to outdoor and wildlife activities. Carl’s Van Rentals proudly offers affordable and eco-friendly minivans, Sprinters, and SUVs for all of your vacation needs. We have offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville. So, book your next adventure with us when you call (800) 565-5211