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Dade City's WIld Things

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Address: 37237 Meridian Ave, Dade City, FL 33525-3719
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+1 352-567-9453
08:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 08:30 - 17:00

Dade City's WIld Things is a non-profit sanctuary zoo and natural botanical...

Dade City's WIld Things is a non-profit sanctuary zoo and natural botanical gardens. Stop by and visit our Dade City Gift Shop, featuring a zoo animal theme, While waiting for our authentic trolley to take you on a short ride to the zoo to experience a once in a lifetime, walking tour of over 150 animal exhibits. Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat. Gift Shop & Ticket Sales: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 'Sunken Jungle Trek' Tours: 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM. Also offer 'Jungle Safari riding Tour: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Visit our website for more info.

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Once you get to the check in house/gift shop you are shuttled about 5 minutes to the zoo itself. There you board a golf cart tram that brings you around the zoo. The driver was... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2016
andrea o
altamonte springs

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

I haven't been there yet, making plans to visit for the otter swim ( my life long dream ) in the summer of 2017 hopefully. Love everything I have seen on their website. Kathlene Wingert Elizabethtown, Pa

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Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Dade City Wild Things is the best place to visit in Florida next to Disney World. I absolutely adore this place. Best zoo in the whole world. 😻😻😻

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altamonte springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Once you get to the check in house/gift shop you are shuttled about 5 minutes to the zoo itself. There you board a golf cart tram that brings you around the zoo. The driver was new so she read from a script. The animal enclosures were small for some of the animals it housed but it was explained they were... More 

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Tampa, Florida
1 review
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Dade City's Wild was incredible. Its a pretty place to see the animals. It's fun and educational. I believe it's reasonably priced and you leave happy with a wonderful memory. The animal encounters were amazing! Staff was cheerful, courteous and very good with the animals. All the animals were well cared for and we especially liked that. No politics or... More 

Thank Yogitiger
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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing experience. My son went to summer camp and that was all he talk about. We have went several time and even bought a year membership. My son is 10 and saved his money for the swim with Lacy and Lilly. Can't wait for the next time we get to go.

Thank Jessi E
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Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are traveling 3,000 miles specifically to see the tigers at Dade City Wild Things. We did not schedule enough time out first trip, so we are returning in May 2017 to spend more time visiting the animals up close and personal. We are especially looking forward to swimming with the tigers. Friends can't believe their eye's... More 

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1 review
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I love going here! For my 40th birthday I plan on swimming with one of the beautiful baby tigers!! I can not wait 😊

Thank Kris K
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

For as long as I can remember tigers have been a fascination of mine. For my 30th birthday I wanted to treat myself to have the experience of a life time and be able to actually make my dream a reality and pet a tiger. After doing much research and comparing different places I decided to book a private encounter... More 

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

This place was so cool! My son (11 years old) and I enjoyed every minute of our tour! We got to pet a tiger, lion, lemur, and a Gibbon. The staff are kind and friendly. Well worth the cost to tour.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We have been here once before where we did the animal encounter and walking tour and loved it. This time we were back for the tiger swim, which my daughter wanted for the 13th birthday present. We arrived and the owner explained a few details of the swim and around our scheduled time, the trolley took us over to the... More 

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