FL Posted in Florida August 10, 2015 by Victoria W 10 Wild Places In Florida Where Animal Lovers Should Go Florida has long been an animal-lover’s paradise. These awesome animal attractions are unique and fun for the whole family. 1. Zoological Wildlife Foundation http://zoologicalwildlifefoundation.com/ ZWF is the perfect place for anyone who has ever dreamed of getting up close and personal with zoo animals. It's definitely more expensive than most zoos, but most guests agree it's worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's currently the number one attraction in Miami on TripAdvisor. 2. Florida Aquarium Flickr/Ekistics Design Studio The Florida Aquarium in Downtown Tampa has tons of fascinating exhibits and shows, and some guests can even pet a penguin or swim with sharks! 3. Brevard Zoo Flickr/adchen Brevard Zoo is a small zoo in Melbourne, that's big on creativity and fun. The zoo features a rhino encounter, treetop trek, and a zip line adventure. Plus, Brevard is the only zoo in the country where you can take a kayak adventure around an exhibit. 4. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park Flickr/Matthew Paulson Opening in 1893, this park is one of the oldest running attractions in Florida. Come see tons of reptiles and exotic birds, and even zip line over the alligators! 5. Turtle Hospital Flickr/Florida Fish and Wildlife Flickr/oceano_magico The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, in the Keys is a great place to see adorable sea turtles for a good cause. Reservations are recommended. 6. The Catty Shack Ranch Flickr/Rob Bixby At this wildlife sanctuary in Jacksonville, guests can take daytime tours or nighttime feeding tours and check out all kinds of big cats in action. 7. Monkey Jungle Flickr/Humberto Moreno The whole family will love this Miami, attraction "where humans are caged and monkeys run wild" in a rainforest setting. 8. Gatorland Flickr/Rusty Clark - hotfunkyradio.com Gatorland in Orlando is another awesome park where visitors can view thousands Florida's famous reptiles. Through August Florida Residents can get half off admission. 9. Chantilly Ridge Alpaca Farm Julie Fletcher via Flickr/VISIT FLORIDA Editor At this unique farm in Port Orange, guests will fall in love with these gentle and adorable animals and can purchase some super-soft gifts. 10. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo Scott Audette via Flickr/VISIT FLORIDA Editor Take a trip back to to Old Florida at this ranch on the Kissimmee River. Horseback riding, airboat rides, wildlife viewing, and a Saturday Night Rodeo will make this a vacation to remember. What are your favorite Florida animal attractions? Please share them with us below!