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Boat rides, miniature golf and water slides, oh my! Lion Country Safari is not your typical zoo. If you love animals, outdoor activities and loads of smiles, there is one Florida attraction that you can’t miss. I’m continuing our “Things to Do in Florida” series with one of our favorites, Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, FL.
You may be looking at these pictures and thinking I have an awesome zoom lens. What if I told you that I didn’t. These majestic animals, and many others, were just steps away from our car. Since 1967, Lion Country Safari is Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. The drive-through Safari is miles long and split into seven sections. When you enter the park, you are given a CD to play as you drive through. It’s like a personal tour. You can catch glimpses of zebra, rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, and even lions!
You are able to drive right through or pull over to observe and take pictures. Often, the animals will walk right in front of your car. My girls love being up close and personal with animals that we typically only see behind barriers in a regular zoo.
Once you’ve completed the drive-through portion, you’ll park your car and begin the walk-through portion. And if you think you’ve seen anything up until that part, you’d be mistaken. For us, it’s where the fun really begins. Enjoy as many rides as you’d like on their carousel or the adorable dragon and elephant ride. All rides are free with your admission, so no buying tickets or worrying about a wristband.
Make sure to stop at each of the fun photo opps and snap some keepsake photos of your day. My girls are always all smiles at these stops, excited to jump in and figure out a fun sister pose. The face cut out areas are always good for a good laugh. My girls have got personality for days and I have a hard time keeping the camera still while I laugh at their silly faces.
While we have fed the giraffes lots of times before, I don’t think I ever realized what beautiful and gentle animals they are until this last visit. Lion Country Safari offers a stand so you can purchase fresh greens to feed them. It’s the best few dollars we spent. This was Falynn’s first time feeding the giraffes and while she was a little hesitant at first, once she let her guard down, she couldn’t wait to feed them more. The look on her face was priceless. The giraffes have personalities that are as tall as they are, often sticking out their tongues for my camera. We even got to meet Cupid. He was given his name because of the heart shape on his neck.
Miniature Golf and Paddle Boats
Enjoy some quality family time on the miniature golf course and paddle boats. I’m not sure which of the two my girls loved the most, since they asked to do each of them twice. There is also a water safari boat ride which takes you around and shows you the resident monkeys on their little islands. It’s a short ride but packed full of great info about each species that lives there.
Water Slides and Water Playground
From the minute we walked in, the girls couldn’t wait to get to the water play area. They started off at the water slides and I have to brag for a minute… all three of my girls were fearless, conquering the slides like a boss. Even my 5 year old, Falynn, went down that slide for the first time and came off with two thumbs in the air. I barely got to ask each of them what they thought before they were running back into the line to do it again. After three times, they finally agreed to move over to the water playground, where you can find sprinklers, fountains, buckets and loads of water fun. It’s the perfect place to let them play, especially with the Florida heat.
Fun Slide and Petting Zoo
The one stop I thought we’d never leave… the fun slide. It’s the one thing from my childhood that I couldn’t get enough of. Sitting on a burlap sack and flying down. I lost count after their 6th time. The adults even got in on the fun. The looks on their faces was something I’ll never forget. Finally, before we left for the day, we had to check out the petting zoo. I’ve been to many petting zoos in my day and have never seen such well behaved goats. Usually they are trying to chew on our clothing but these just stood there and allowed the girls to pet them. This particular goat even gave me a little smile when I pulled the camera out.
If you ever get the chance to visit, we highly recommend Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, FL. It’s a day full of fun that you and your family will never forget!
Have you ever been to Lion Country Safari? If not, do you think it’s something that your family would enjoy? Comment below and let us know!
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Heather is the Mom of three and a marketing professional. She enjoys graphic design, writing, photography and making new memories with her family.