Aside from sunny weather and delicious food, Orlando is home to quite a menagerie of wildlife. While zoos and aquariums provide all day family fun, there are plenty of other animal encounters swimming around the Florida swamplands. Buckle up for a wild ride with animal encounters around Orlando!
Bring on the baby goats! Wildflower Farm Orlando offers the most adorable encounter in town alongside a plethora of adorable baby goats. Their Party in the Pasture events provide a meet and greet, snuggle session, and feeding with one of these little rascals. Or, for a little mental health booster, their Baby Goat Yoga classes are the perfect pairing of fun and relaxation.
With a goal to transform stress into happiness, Alaska Farms uses their secret weapon to provide guests with peace and joy: baby goats. Mini goats are at the ready to welcome you and your family members to the grounds. Pay a visit to the 10-acres of fun waiting at Alaska Farms.
Roam with the llamas and alpacas during a day at LunaSea Alpaca Farm! Their reservation-only, interactive experiences allow guests to feed and pet the alpacas and llamas throughout the family farm. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about their special events like Alpaca Yoga!
Scales and tails are never in short supply at Reptile World Serpentarium! With over 60 different species of snakes, including cobras, mambas, and rattlesnakes, as well as alligators and iguanas, there’s plenty of these crawlers to go around. Slither on over to see who’s around to greet you!
Fly over to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey to enjoy a peaceful experience for the whole family. Learn about America’s many bird species, different wildlife, and varied habitats, all while enjoying the beauty of the retreat’s winged residents.
An ameowzing day is waiting for you at The Kitty Beautiful! This cat cafe hosts adoptable furry friends from the local shelter, CATS CAN. And aside from spending the day contemplating which kitty will be your new feline family member, enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack–stay awhile!
The Orlando Cat Cafe is the place “where all the cool cats hang out,” and you could be one of them! Listen to the soothing purrs of adorable, adoptable kitties while you sip on a local cup of Minch Coffee. Of course, these friendly felines are quite popular, so online reservations are highly recommended!
With 85 acres of scenic landscapes and critters big and small, Wild Florida truly places you in an immersive wildlife environment. Roaming freely through the grass, you’ll find over 100 different animals living harmoniously in Orlando. Hop onboard an airboat for a trip through the swamp, or go for four wheels on an excursion in the Safari Park.
What would Florida be without its gators? While they may pop up here and there in the Orlando waterways, the toothiest residents in the state reside at Gatorland. From babies (or grunts) to 14-foot giants, dozens of gators call this Breeding Marsh their home.
The Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Education Center is dedicated to the rescue, raising, rehabilitation, and release of injured or orphaned Florida Native species. Residing on the grounds, you’ll walk alongside Athenos the African Tortoise, Honeybear the Lemur, Nigel the Sherman’s Fox Squirrel, and many other furry friends. Learn how you can help to preserve the environment and Florida’s native species during every visit to Back to Nature.
A rip roarin' good time!
From giraffes to gators to kitty cats, there’s always room for a wild time when you pop over to one of the many animal encounters around Orlando! Which animal are you most excited to see? Snap a picture with your new furry friend, and tag us on Instagram @StuffToDoInOrlando!