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Address: 37237 Meridian Ave, Dade City, FL 33525-3719
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+1 352-567-9453
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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Encounters are a must

We did the tram tour and 4 animal encounters. The tram tour was definitely worth the $, as you get close to a lot of animals. The encounters are great, and offer opportunities to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Dee E
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the tram tour and 4 animal encounters. The tram tour was definitely worth the $, as you get close to a lot of animals. The encounters are great, and offer opportunities to touch animals you wouldn't normally be able to. You can't take any pictures, so definitely pay extra for the photos. They emailed the link to download... More 

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved doing the tiger encounter with Pearl. When I felt her I realized she is not all soft. And she is stronger than I ever thought, even though she's only 3 months old. Randy knew exactly how to handle her, play with her and calm her. Our pics of the visit are great and we've looked at them many... More 

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Danville, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017

Nice place for the most part the staff was friendly. When we entered into the store before you get to the zoo, the lady working the front desk was rude. We almost left due to her nasty attitude. While we were signing in she was on the phone talking with a staff member from the zoo and she was chewing... More 

Thank Nikki M
Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017

We visited with Dade City's Wild Things and thoroughly enjoyed it. We started with the walking tour. We were introduce to most of their animals. We learned about their habits, behaviors, habitats, likes, and dislikes. All the animals were well feed, well cared for, and appeared happy. Our animal encounters were amazing. Again we were told about the individual animal... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017

Worth every penny. I took the tour (which included 4 animal encounters) & had a tiger swim. Won't give the tour away, but it was pretty cool. The swim was fantastic & when the tiger wanted out of the pool, no one forced him back in. Before the swim, there was a period of petting & laying with him on... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

I really enjoyed this place its very intimate not like commercial zoos. You really can tell that the keepers have a relationship with the animals. The staff were very friendly and informative and really give you a chance to enjoy the encounter. You dont feel rushed and they take great pictures.

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Webster, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

I had a blast at the end of the tour. I played with a tiger cub, a baby kangaroo and a baby monkey. The tour itself is a small zoo and the animals in some cases are in small enclosures. Other animals are walking freely through the area. We had a great guide.

Thank Debbie S
Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016 via mobile

This zoo has so much to offer on a personal level They offer personal interactions with a variety of exotic animals which will blow my mind away. This would be a great day trip or an awesome weekend place to visit

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 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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