Step into the Florida Everglades at Wild Florida wildlife park, located outside Orlando, where visitors can explore the Florida wilderness and its resident animals. Spend the day spotting alligators, white-tailed deer, sloths, and tropical birds and take an adventurous airboat ride at this popular family attraction.
Wild Florida offers a variety of options to visitors who want to explore this wilderness refuge. You can choose an easy walk on raised walkways through the zoo-like environment as you observe exotic animals from Africa, Australia, and South America, in addition to animals native to Florida, in animal habitats. Or you can opt for an airboat tour that gives you an up-close view of these animals as you careen through the swamp ecosystem.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Get more by upgrading to a combination ticket that includes an airboat ride or a behind-the-scenes tour for just a little more than the standard admission price.
- Animal-encounter tickets with alligators, porcupines, sloths, and ring-tailed lemurs are available for an additional fee.
- Wild Florida has an on-site restaurant, as well as a gift shop.
- Visitors are welcome to bring food and drink to enjoy on the premises.
- Consider taking a night airboat tour, when you are more likely to see active gators and get a unique visitor experience.
How to Get There
Wild Florida Wildlife Park is located at 3301 Lake Cypress Road in Kenansville, Florida, about 63 miles (39 kilometers) southeast of Orlando. From Orlando, take Florida’s Turnpike south for 20 miles (12.4 kilometers), exiting at Kissimmee Park Road. Turn right on Old Canoe Creek Road, and follow that for 8 miles (5 kilometers) to Lake Cypress Road. On-site parking is free.
When to Get There
The park is open Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm. Florida doesn’t experience an off-season when it comes to airboats and swamps, but consider which types of animals you are most interested in seeing to guide your decision on when to visit. In the dry season (December to April), you’re likely to see a variety of birds that have migrated south, while in the wet season (mid-May through November), you might be more likely to spot alligators mating, nesting, and hatching.
Dine with Sloths
Wild Florida offers a variety of really interesting animal-interaction options, including the opportunity to feed alligators, and several activities involving the park’s two-toed sloths, including Paint Nights with Sloths, sloth encounters, and even having lunch with a sloth! You’ll learn all about these animals and the park’s conservation efforts.