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Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

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Address: 7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240-9407
Phone Number: (941) 371-6377
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Avoid during Summer

If you plan to visit during summer try to go early in the morning to avoid the blistering sun. All of the attractions are outdoors. The Cat show is indoors but there is no air... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Dayhanna G
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Venice, Florida
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36 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

wasn't impressed. didn't like the place. very expensive. bored. won't go back. parking on grass then got stuck in a hole

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you plan to visit during summer try to go early in the morning to avoid the blistering sun. All of the attractions are outdoors. The Cat show is indoors but there is no air conditioning inside. It is definitely a nice place to visit, you can feed tigers and take pictures with the bears; but try avoiding during Summer... More 

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North Fort Myers, Florida
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must see for everybody whether you live here year round or just visiting, this place is awesome, all the animals are beautiful and you can tell they are very well taken care of, the staff was very informative and willing to answer any question with a smile and explanation. the brochure does not do this place justice,... More 

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Apollo Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lots of animals and impressive group of big cats. I was not that impressed whe we arrived but after attending the show and hearing the story of this animal rescue operation I changed my mind. The devotion and love they have for these animals is truly amazing. This is not a fancy operation by any means and the portable toilets... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An excellent place to get up close and personal animal interaction. All funding goes to this compassionate caring preserve of mostly rescued wild creatures. Be sure to see the two shows they offer with admission. They are sure to stress their mission of love and devotion in what they have done for generations involving the beautiful animals they provide for.... More 

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virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our grandsons 10, 8, and 6 really enjoyed it. Being able to get close and admire these cats and large bears was great, even for the adults.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have you ever seen a Liger? Big Cat has two, one nearly 1,000 Lbs. GREAT fun for kids and adults. Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Parrots to see. Two Free live shows, one with the big cats. A MUST see in Sarasota.

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Marion
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Big Cat Sanctuary with our 8 and 5 year old sons and they both loved it! They have far more lions and tigers than any zoo we've ever been to. The bird show and big cat shows were great as well and both worthwhile experiences. We visited on a typical hot July day and I would say... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Seriously the most fun I've had in a long time. Three adults and two kids (10 and 11) could not have been more thrilled with the Big Cats. They are so much closer to you than when you see them at the zoo. It's wonderful! The show is essential for the experience so be sure to check times and attend... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just outside of Sarasota off I-75 and worth the trip. They have several lions and tigers plus lots of other interesting animals - - bears, turtles, monkeys, lemurs, etc. They also do a nice little show with the tigers and monkeys.

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