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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone Number: (941) 371-6377
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Day trip from Orlando

Arrived in time to see bird show at 1:15 & indoor animal show at 2:00. Animals & trainers vary for indoor show. They do have a snack bar on site. We would have gotten a bite there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Arrived in time to see bird show at 1:15 & indoor animal show at 2:00. Animals & trainers vary for indoor show. They do have a snack bar on site. We would have gotten a bite there had we known & not eaten before we got there. They do have a gift shop too. We fed the lions & tigers.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

never been so close to lions and tigers! This place was neat and clean. Very kid friendly. Well worth the $15 price. Will be back.

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Sarasota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It's a great place to take the kids--lots to see. Very well organized and FUN. We've been as a field trip with school and a birthday party both times were great!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Totally worth the trip and admission. It's a nonprofit organization so all money goes directly to feeding and caring for all the rescued animals. Any negative reviews about cage sizes etc are obviously from people who didn't see the show and don't know what the place is about. I am all for animal rights and having large enclosures but this... More 

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Siesta Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We rode an elephant! We saw a liger a LIGER! We fed the bears and the lions! I loved it all and look forward to going again one day.

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Rotonda West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My husband and I loved this place. It's not huge, but there are lots of exotic or unusual animals to see. You can linger by the bears, or the lions, or the monkeys....and all of the animals live in very clean areas. I guess the lions and tigers are the big attraction, and there are more than a few of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This attraction leaves much to be desired considering the cost of admission. First, it is open 4 days a week and is only open from noon to 4 pm, which finds most animals sleeping. There were way more cages than animals. There is a show included with the price of admission, but the majority was a dog act, followed by... More 

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North Port, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

The place is not as big as I would have Liked, but lots of animals to see close up. The show was amazing and added so much more to our visit then we expected.. Best show I have ever seen with animals. You can tell the animals are loved and that makes all the difference in the world. I would... More 

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Hicksville, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Went here with my sister, her kids-son (14) and daughter (11). We got there just in time for the 2 PM show they were having. Show had an Animal Show with Trainers...Show with Chimpanzee, Birds, and Tiger doing tricks...and some even made us laugh. After we walked around....there were other animals on display...Lemurs, Ostriches, Peacocks, and more. You could even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

My family and I went here on a Thursday and it was the best place to see Lions, Tigers, and Bears. You get up close and personal with them. The show is amazing. A must see. I suggest everyone should go see it. Had such a blast.

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