Florida has some of the most diverse wildlife sanctuaries and zoos in the United States. You don’t have to travel far to find interactive activities, open-air exhibits, and up-close encounters with endangered species. So, if you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway with the kids, we’ve compiled a list of the best zoos in the state. Corral the kids and jump into your van rental from Carl’s Van Rentals for a day or weekend of fun wildlife exploration.

3 Best Florida Zoos

1. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Located on 93 acres, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is the No.1 walking safari attraction in Northeast Florida. There is plenty to see and do, and the kids are sure to love all 2,000 animals and more than 1,000 plant species. Roam through the Land of the Tiger, become a zookeeper for a day, or take a look behind the scenes with your own zoo expert. You can also have fun with numerous animal encounters, including brushing the soft coats of pygmy goats or the rubbery flesh of stingrays. 

2. Palm Beach Zoo

Looking for a place with more tropical and exotic animals? Then drive the kids down to the Palm Beach Zoo. Explore the 23 acres of lush, tropical habitats home to animals from Asia, North America, Central America, South America, Africa, and Australia. Unlike other zoos, the Palm Beach Zoo allows you to get up close and personal with various species. The kids will enjoy interacting with animals like sloths, tortoises, and large rodents. 

3. Lion Country Safari

As the state’s only drive-through safari park, the Lion Country Safari is home to more than 900 free-roaming animals. From the safety of your vehicle, you can have fun spotting herds of waterbuck and rhinos, lion prides, chimpanzees, and giraffes. Stretch your legs and walk the little ones through Safari World, where they can take in the sights of colorful birds and fish.

Let’s Explore More Places

Florida has many different wildlife parks and zoos that are just a short drive away. No matter where you live, Carl’s Van Rentals can make it easy for you to take the kids on a fun and adventurous weekend trip. Book your minivan, passenger van, or Sprinter van rental from our Tampa or Jacksonville, FL locations today. Want to see what’s available? Request a quote online or call us today at (800) 565-5211.