Lion Country Safari
Lion Country Safari
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park invites you to spend the day on safari with over 1000 animals. With animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 5 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more, you are sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari. * Please check website for amenities that may have been temporarily affected by COVID-19.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Rene R
    Palmetto, Florida225 contributions
    Incredible animals at Lion Country Safari
    I love East Africa and have been to Kenya several times. I have young grandchildren that I would love to one-day experience Africa, they are not old enough for that kind of trip so a friend recommended Lion Country Safari. I am so happy she did. It was the closest you can come to Africa without flying on a plane. They did not have African elephants, and this was important to me as I feel African elephants should not be kept in captivity in anyway. They did have everything else, and are part of a species survival plan for several types of African animals that are endangered. The animals have such a huge place to roam, and are well cared for . We enjoyed the drive through safari so much, we actually drove through it twice, once in the morning and once in the evening. Each time it was a different experience. Everything was very well organized and the audio tour you can listen to while you’re driving through each part is exceptional. The park it’s self has so many things to do, and was so much fun for my grandchildren. There was a water park, a few rides, and several ongoing animal encounters that we enjoyed very much. I highly recommend this activity for anyone who loves animals from Africa and would love to see them up close, but in a open environment.
    Thank you so much for spending the day on safari with us and sharing your positive feedback! We're glad that you enjoyed the authentic safari experience and that you recognize some of our efforts behind the scenes with conservation as well. It would be a great pleasure to see you again in the future!
    Written March 27, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 25, 2023
  • Kathy S
    Fort Mill, South Carolina60 contributions
    ROARING GOOD TIME!
    We came to Lion Country Safari KOA in January for a ten week stay. There’s nothing like being awakened each morning by the roar of lions! Sounds like they right next to you…and they are! We went through the Safari three times and thoroughly loved them. Loved the walking paths too. Just an excellent experience!
    Thank you so much for staying at our award-winning KOA campground and sharing your positive feedback with us! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and trips to the safari park, and we hope to see you again in the future!
    Written April 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Drs. D & E
    15 contributions
    An Amazing Animal Adventure
    This was truly an amazing and unforgettable experience! The number and variety of animals at this safari were incredible! We loved being able to see the animals “up close” without them being in cages. These wonderful animals are well cared for and they seemed to be enjoying themselves as they roamed about their vast surroundings. The audio tour was terrific - it provided perspective and insight into what we were seeing (and we loved the narrator’s voice). The highlight of the tour was our close encounter with a lovely ostrich. We strongly recommend that you and your family experience this adventure!!
    Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to share your experience with us! We're glad that you enjoyed the close encounters with the many amazing species we have here on safari, and we appreciate your recommendation for future guests as well. It would be our pleasure to see you again in the future!
    Written April 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2023
  • ihearttravel2017
    Prince Edward Island, Canada18 contributions
    You should check this place out, really fun!
    This was a really great stop on our trip! Very well run operation and animals are clearly cared for. We are 2 adults and loved it, surprised at how we got to experience animals so close up. We didn’t go to the water park area but seemed like a great place for kids esp for the price. Very cool, now I need to get to Africa!
    We appreciate you visiting and taking the time to share your positive feedback with us! Guests of all ages can enjoy the up close thrills with our awesome animals, and our variety of attractions provide a full day's worth of fun and excitement. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written April 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 8, 2023
  • MIA5678
    6 contributions
    Close Encounter Safari Experience
    Our trip to Lion Country Safari included a private VIP behind the scene tour. Although we initially thought it seemed pricey, our tour experience turned out to be PRICELESS! Our tour guide, Kimberly, did a most amazing job sharing her 14 years of experiences and educational guidance. Our in-depth close up encounters with the animals was like being in Africa! This is an absolute MUST DO experience on any animal lovers’ bucket list not to be missed!
    Thank you so much for booking a VIP Tour and sharing your amazing experience with us! We will be sure to praise Kimberly for the impact she had on your fantastic day on safari and we hope to see you again in the future for more WILD fun!
    Written May 15, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2023
  • Always_reviewed23
    West Palm Beach, Florida13 contributions
    Great family outdoor trip
    This place is amazing you get to be face to face with certain animals while you are in your car. You could watch as a water buffalo cross in front of your car and a monkey sits on top the hood of your car. After driving thru safari you could go to the zoo and it has a restaurant. After going to the restaurant you could feed the giraffes you will have to bring some change to get the lettuce. After you could just walk thru the zoom and enjoy rest of animals.
    Thank you for visiting and sharing your feedback with us! Driving through in the comfort of your own car while wild animals roam freely is a truly unique experience. While guests do enter at their own risk, our animals are accustomed to the vehicles that drive through each day and there is very little concern. Apes are in habitats surrounded by water out in the drive-through preserve, so they can't actually get to guests' vehicles. We're glad you had an amazing experience at the park and we hope to see you again soon!
    Written July 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Kate L
    21 contributions
    Fantastic day out
    This park has so much to offer. The safari drive itself is great and well organised with an audio tour via your mobile phone. Its very safe but with great viewings. Then there's a whole other park with water slides, splash pad, rides, animal interactions, cafes, shops....etc. We've been twice in the last week (got summer pass tickets which are amazing and valid until end of August)! The rides are definitely more suitable for young children but the water slides and animal stuff would interest older kids too. You get to see or even feed (extra $5) giraffes which is awesome. We'll definitely be back again before we leave Florida.
    Thank you so much for spending the day on safari and taking the time to share your positive feedback with us! You touched on so many aspects of the park that we're so proud to offer our guests, such as the complimentary rides and water features, the value offered in our Summer Savings Pass promotion, and of course our amazing animals. It would be our pleasure to see you again before your time here ends, and we hope you'll be back in future years as well!
    Written July 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Polyvios Nikolaou
    Limassol City, Cyprus39 contributions
    Very nice safari experience
    Excellent safari experience.. nothing special though in the zoo area . Started this experience with our car . Very nice safari.. we ve seen variety of animals . Further on we left the car i the parking and entered the zoo.. I would give 5 stars if they had better zoo. Iv seen much better zoos out there
    Thank you for your positive feedback! Our walk-through adventure park is where we have complimentary mechanical rides, water attractions, miniature golf, paddle boats, and interactive animal shows that guests can enjoy during their visit, and we usually recommend several additional hours to enjoy this area after the drive-through safari. We hope to see you again in the future for more fun and adventure!
    Written August 20, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • LAC
    85 contributions
    Great drive-thru safari. Lots of fun. Highly recommend.
    This was an amazing place and a lot of fun. Pretty large drive-thru safari with lots of animals. All the animals EXCEPT the lions have free roaming privileges and are not enclosed in any manner (other than within their designated wildlife area), so you can se them crossing the road in front of you if they so happen to do so. The lions have their own plains to roam in, but are enclosed (otherwise, there wouldn't be much of a safari left). After the safari, there is a nice animal exhibit area. Like a small zoo that has some birds and whatnot. Quite a lot of fun as well. Highly recommend going to this activity, even though it is quite a bit out of the way, at least from Miami.
    Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your detailed positive feedback! We appreciate any guests that drive up from the Miami area and elsewhere in South Florida. The experience offered here is unique, and can take an entire day to fully enjoy all that we have to offer. We hope to see you again in the future for more WILD fun!
    Written January 30, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 26, 2024
  • Stefania S
    Olten, Switzerland15 contributions
    A lovely place to be
    Great experience in a beautiful park. We had a friendly reception. The place is clan, organized, beautiful. The animals are close enough to be seen, but they also have their privacy. They looked well treated. A nice experience!
    Thank you so much for visiting and sharing some details about your experience! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and that our staff, animals and animal care made positive impressions on you. We hope to see you again in the future for more WILD fun!
    Written February 21, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 21, 2024
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Stefania S
Olten, Switzerland15 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great experience in a beautiful park. We had a friendly reception. The place is clan, organized, beautiful. The animals are close enough to be seen, but they also have their privacy. They looked well treated. A nice experience!
Written February 21, 2024
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Thank you so much for visiting and sharing some details about your experience! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and that our staff, animals and animal care made positive impressions on you. We hope to see you again in the future for more WILD fun!
Written February 21, 2024
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Albert N
Philadelphia, PA15 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
What a joke!! Three or four lions sleeping in the grass somewhere! Come on man, rename the place “Antelope Country Safari”; or at least build a swift running stream and let the Wildabeasts run across with some alligators taking them down! Something to justify the cash dump!
Written January 31, 2024
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Thank you for visiting and taking time to share your feedback with us. We're sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations. We typically have most of our 10 lions out in guests' view each day, with lions on both sides of the vehicle as guests drive through the habitat. Lions actually sleep up to 20 hours a day in the wild as well, but the best chances to see ours being active are in the morning and late afternoon. Many guests spend the entire day on safari with us, enjoying all the complimentary attractions in the walk-through adventure park and sometimes even driving through multiple times. Thank you again for providing your feedback and feel free to email us at guestservices@lioncountrysafari.com if you would like to discuss your visit in greater detail.
Written February 4, 2024
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DavidS2271
Fort Mill, SC55 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Lion Country Safari and the Lion Country Safari are AMAZING! We are staying at the Lion country Safari KOA campground and hearing the Lions and the monkeys from our camper are amazing. First thing we did was to purchase an unlimited pass for the Safari. Driving through the park was all we hoped for. The KOA campground is great. Only negatives was the massive 30% price increase from last year and the restaurant in the Safari. Our hotdogs were cold and we could not get salt for our fries or relish for the hotdogs. I highly recommend the KOA CAMPGROUND AND THE DRIVE THROUGH SAFARI. The restaurant… not so much. David Sisler
Written January 29, 2024
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Hi David, thank you so much for visiting our award-winning KOA campground and safari park! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and found it worthwhile to purchase an Annual Pass to the park as well. If you have any additional details you'd like to share with us about your recent experiences, feel free to email us at guestservices@lioncountrysafari.com.
Written January 30, 2024
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LAC
85 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This was an amazing place and a lot of fun. Pretty large drive-thru safari with lots of animals. All the animals EXCEPT the lions have free roaming privileges and are not enclosed in any manner (other than within their designated wildlife area), so you can se them crossing the road in front of you if they so happen to do so. The lions have their own plains to roam in, but are enclosed (otherwise, there wouldn't be much of a safari left).

After the safari, there is a nice animal exhibit area. Like a small zoo that has some birds and whatnot. Quite a lot of fun as well.

Highly recommend going to this activity, even though it is quite a bit out of the way, at least from Miami.
Written January 26, 2024
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Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your detailed positive feedback! We appreciate any guests that drive up from the Miami area and elsewhere in South Florida. The experience offered here is unique, and can take an entire day to fully enjoy all that we have to offer. We hope to see you again in the future for more WILD fun!
Written January 30, 2024
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Nuschi_on_tour
Zurich, Switzerland194 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
It was not too busy so we were able to use both lines and could park for a while to watch the animals. Also the Giraffe feeding is a great experience although it was the most expensive salad leaf we ever had :)
Written January 8, 2024
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Thank you so much for spending the day on safari with us and sharing your positive feedback! We hope to see you again in the future for more WILD fun!
Written January 9, 2024
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Nicole F
Vero Beach, FL223 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
2024 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 1st, 2024 1pm-4pm
4 adults, 1 child $267

We decided on Lion Country Safari to kick off our new years. Purchased our tickets online and received e-tickets via e-mail. Open 365 days per year including Christmas and New Year’s Day.
***we took zero pictures or videos as we were determined to put all phones/tablets away and be fully engaged with one another and our little adventure***

ARRIVAL
Drive up lanes/booths where they scan your QR/e-tickets, receive a map and drive through the safari. Windows up and locked the entire time. Radio channel that describes the animals as you drive pass them. (No animals came up to our vehicle this time but a zebra came up to someone else’s and was doing something to their tire as everyone watched).

DRIVE THROUGH SAFARI
We absolutely love this little adventure and the fact the animals are free to roam (except lions) while we admire them. We saw zebras, rhinoceros, ostriches, giraffes, monkeysand more.

PARKING/OTHER ATTRACTIONS
We parked and went inside for the nature walk, petting zoo, water park, paddle boats, kiddie rides, mini golf, shows/demonstrations, animal encounters, food/snacks. (We ate before we went but while there we got a pretzel, slushy, popcorn, water; don’t recall the cost).

We got quarters (change provided inside the restaurant) for fish food dispenser for the fish, ducks, swans and other birds.

We paid $5 (they accept credit cards) for a few large pieces of lettuce to hand feed giraffes which was fantastic. You walk up a short ramp to higher observation deck and they come right up and eat endless lettuce from everyone. They are so stunning up close. We truly loved this.

The petting zoo was delightful as well and we also bought some food there to hand feed the goats (I think that was lettuce too). Most of them were friendly, one snipped at some child but nothing major and others were ramming one another playing. Super cool to engage in and observe their behavior. One made friends with us and wouldn’t leave our group and if it did it came right back to hang out with our family pack, we named him Jeff. They have hand washing station which is recommended before and after.

We purchased $3 tiny nectar juice and the birds would fly over, land on your shoulder and drink from it which we throughly enjoyed and spent some time at. Although one snipped at my son he said it wasn’t a biggy that it was a baby and hungry. Even though the tiny nectar juice is small for $3, we fed plenty of birds and we’re still able to hand it to another child who didn’t have one to engage with the birds which made them so happy.

All in all the day spent there was brilliant, everyone loved it, wanted to stay longer and engage more, the weather was fantastic, staff was friendly, animals were stunning, place was clean and organized. I can’t think of a thing this place is lacking.

CONS
-I know there are summer passes which include this place and others like it in the tri-county area because we have got two before. But the summer is brutal to be outdoors so we are glad we went in January with cooler weather. Wish there was a Florida resident discount or any time of discount.
-Bees; so many bees surrounding each and every garbage can (garbage can in parking lot and everyone inside), my brother got stung in his arm. He said it was no biggy but it was swollen and he kept a cool water bottle on it.
Written January 6, 2024
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Thank you so much for spending the day on safari with us and taking the time to share your detailed feedback with us! We're glad there were so many aspects of your visit that you found to be worth highlighting, and it seems there were plenty of activities for everyone in your group to enjoy. We also appreciate you sharing the few concerns for your visit, and we will share your feedback with our management team to see how we can improve. More discounts are usually offered in the Fall during our slower season. If you have any additional feedback or questions for us, feel free to email us at guestservices@lioncountrysafari.com. Thanks again for visiting!
Written January 9, 2024
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Lissete C
Florida Keys, FL13 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Had a fabulous time at Lion Country Safari! Great value for all that is offered. The kids had a wonderful time!
Written November 8, 2023
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We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you back on safari again in the future!
Written November 9, 2023
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Jonathan E
Fitchburg, MA8 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Love, love this place! You take a slow drive through in your car, and get close to many amazing animals (often in herds). The voice narration (via app) is good.
Written October 21, 2023
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We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again in the future!
Written October 24, 2023
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Polyvios Nikolaou
Limassol City, Cyprus39 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Excellent safari experience.. nothing special though in the zoo area . Started this experience with our car . Very nice safari.. we ve seen variety of animals . Further on we left the car i the parking and entered the zoo..
I would give 5 stars if they had better zoo. Iv seen much better zoos out there
Written August 17, 2023
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Thank you for your positive feedback! Our walk-through adventure park is where we have complimentary mechanical rides, water attractions, miniature golf, paddle boats, and interactive animal shows that guests can enjoy during their visit, and we usually recommend several additional hours to enjoy this area after the drive-through safari. We hope to see you again in the future for more fun and adventure!
Written August 20, 2023
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Pamela P
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Friends
Wonderful experience for me my daughter and grand-daughter. The close encounters with the wild animals were thrilling. They all looked relaxed and healthy. A very friendly staff made the visit a pleasure. The giraffe encounter was a big hit.
Written August 3, 2023
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Thank you for sharing such wonderful feedback from your recent visit! We're glad that you enjoyed seeing all of our amazing animals and enjoyed the exciting attractions in our walk-through park as well!
Written August 7, 2023
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