Orlando has just about something for everyone, including animal lovers. Whether you want to mix your Orlando thrills with animal encounters or just want to learn more about the world’s many creatures the city can accommodate. Here are the top 7 things to do in Orlando if you just can’t get enough of animals:
Known as The Alligator Capital of the World, Gatorland is just that with thousands of alligators on hand. The park also features everything from Florida panthers to diamondback rattlesnakes. Guests can interact with the animals, watch a live gator wrestling show, and even take an off-road excursion. Gatorland will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019 so make sure you come by for all of the fun animal encounters.
Connect to the ocean like never before at SeaWorld Orlando. Not only can you meet many of the ocean’s most spectacular animals but you can also experience what it’s like to be them. Fly like a giant ray on the Manta roller coaster, step inside Antarctica and walk amongst penguins in Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, feel the speeds of one of the world’s fastest known sharks on the roller coaster Mako and more! Plus, you can watch the majestic killer whales in the show One Ocean.
Just outside of Orlando, ZooTampa at Lowry Park is home to over 1,500 animals spread across 56 acres. The zoo focuses on endangered and threatened species and includes several interactive exhibits, gorgeous landscapes and much more.
SeaLife Orlando Aquarium
Take a deeper dive into the underwater and explore the ocean’s many sea creatures at Sea Life Aquarium. The aquarium is home to the incredible 360-degree tunnel where thousands of sea animals live including tiger sharks, clownfish, giant octopus, sea turtles and more. You can also learn how to protect these animals for generations to come.
Pair water park thrills with your favorite animals at Aquatica. This unique water park lets you enjoy thrill rides, relaxing beaches and the many animals you’d find in a tropical paradise. Perhaps the best ride is the Dolphin Plunge waterside that takes you on a winding adventure through an underwater world where you get to see Commerson’s Dolphins play as you float by.
For the ultimate hands-on animal experience look no further than Discovery Cove. Here, visitors can do everything from swim with the dolphins, come face-to-face with sharks and barracudas, and watch dozens of exotic birds in flight at the free flight aviary.
Wild Florida Wildlife Park
Experience the wild side of Florida at Wild Florida Wildlife Park. Set in the heart of Central Florida, Wild Florida offers glimpses of such animals as sloths, lemurs, macaws, owls, raccoons, and the bobcats Duke and Duchess all while taking in the gorgeous region.