Last week our field trip with Dawn and Ava was to Lion Country Safari. My husband and I love South Africa. It was one of our last big trips before Bailey was born. We cannot wait until she is old enough to go back with us one day. In the mean time we love taking her to Lion Country Safari. We had yearly passes last year and I would highly recommend it to anyone with kids in South Florida. Lion Country Safari is home to over 900 animals in the drive-through preserve and in the Safari World exhibit area. Among the more notable species on display at the park are lions, white rhino, chimpanzees, zebra, and giraffe.
Lion Country Safari is about an hour from our house, so I recommend going to the Safari World, the walk-through area of the park first and then doing the drive through safari. After you purchase your ticket it will feel that you need to go straight to the drive through, but you can turn left and drive to to Safari World. We generally pack a picnic lunch. There are a number of different picnic areas. Our favorites are either in front of the monkey cage or on the lake in front of the flamingos.
Rides, rides and more rides and they are all free. We love the elephant ride and the carousel the most. It is a great place to try new things like mini golf.
Animals Our favorite animal experience is the giraffe feeding. For $2.50 you can buy lettuce to feed the giraffes. Bailey is a little fearful of feeding them, but she loves to watch others. You are up high and it is a great perspective to see them up close. There is a fun petting zoo with goats, sheep and more. I am a little overwhelmed by the animals and enjoy eating them from outside the gates instead of inside. I have never tried the camel ride, but it looks like fun.
I like to save this for the very end when we are super hot and need to cool down. It gets a little overwhelming and crowded so sometimes I avoid the area. Bailey has slipped when we were playing in the water before so I would recommend bringing water shoes.
Drive Through Safari
I love this part of the experience. They give you a CD that tells you about each section of the preserve and what animals you should be looking for. We let Bailey get out of her car seat. I think driving the car may be more exciting than some of the animals. Be prepared it is a long drive and once you start there is no turning around, so take a potty break before you start. My favorite part is at the end seeing the chimpanzee islands.
What to Bring
I recommend bringing the following items: camera, binoculars (if your kids are old enough to use them), comfortable shoes, swimsuit, towel and change of clothes (for the splash area), sunscreen, water shoes (the splash area can be really slippery) hats, sunglasses, stroller (even if it is just to carry your bags), Lunch and snacks – there are lots of tables and chairs to have a picnic (there is also a restaurant if you want to purchase food). Quarters to buy food for the fish and birds.
More about Lion Country Safari – http://www.lioncountrysafari.com/
Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park invites you to spend the day on safari with over 900 animals. With animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 9 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more, you are sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari.
Lion Country Safari was originally developed in 1967 by a group of South African and British entrepreneurs who wanted to bring the experience of an African game park, then and now an expensive and time-consuming trip, to families who would otherwise not be able to experience an African safari. South Florida and Western Palm Beach County proved to be an ideal location for the park due to its year-round outdoor climate, plentiful land, a growing population and tourists who visit from all over the world.
In its 40th year of operation, Lion Country Safari-Florida is one of South Florida’s leading attractions and Palm Beach County’s largest tourist attraction. Hundreds of thousands of people visit Lion Country Safari every year to experience the thrill of eye-ball-to-eye-ball viewing of magnificent animals in a natural open environment.
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