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“Going to buy a season pass”

The Gulf Breeze ZOO
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Gulf Breeze
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Owner description: This 50-acre wildlife sanctuary is perfect for families.
Pensacola, Florida
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73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Going to buy a season pass”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Have lived within 8 miles of the zoo for 13 years and went today for the first time (shame on us). We took our 12 yr old granddaughter and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised, for a small town zoo, that it was larger than expected (30 acres, I think). There were few people there, which was nice, as you could see the animals much better. They have rinos, large apes, lions, tigers, and the herding animals of Africa, such as greater kudus, antelope, zebras, etc and many other animal species. Did not see any elephants, though. We found the zoo clean, and the animals looked well fed.

The ONLY things I saw that upset me was that many of the animals toward the back of the zoo had no water or water dishes and it was in the 90's. The small monkeys were isolated, in small cages, toward the back of the zoo, which I thought was sad, as they love to interact and watch people.

Overall, we thought the zoo was great and we will go back many times. For the people who think the $15 admission is expensive - get over it - there are A LOT of animals here, that must be fed. (How about considering a donation!) There is plenty of shade to stroll through the area and lots of seating if you want to stop and rest. Our granddaughter liked it better than Animal Kingdom. Try this little zoo a for a leisurely day. Don't expect the San Diego Zoo and you will have an enjoyable day.

Visited July 2013
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
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82 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Cute Zoo.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

I'm from NY originally so this is a smaller zoo then we're used to but it's still nice and perfect for the little ones. My favorite is the bunnies you can pet them and they're so friendly. The petting section is very nice also with goats and such.
We did their zoo lights this past holiday as well and that was very nice.
It might not be an all day affair but its affordable and a nice afternoon out.

Visited December 2012
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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good attraction for the whole family!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We are proud of our small, but entertaining facility here. The animals are well-cared for, so the admission is justified. There is a big variety of species and you could spend most of a day there. The budgies are a hoot to visit. You will enjoy it!

Visited November 2012
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Pensacola FL
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110 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great variety of animals for such a little zoo”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This compact little zoo has a unbelievable variety of animals. I love the bird selection too. But imagine seeing tigers and even a rare looking antelope. I can't remember the name of it but it has white stripes on its fanny. Beautiful to watch. they also have a cute little train to ride all around the zoo. Chimps on Chimp island are really interesting as they can't swim so there is no need for bars. And they have a huge Indian rhino that is so big it is kind of scary walking up to his paddock which is very large. When he thunders along he seems to make the earth shake. . Visiting this zoo is great for seniors too as it is small enough to walk comfortably. We live nearby and bought a zoo membership which we like having very much.

Visited October 2012
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Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect for Young Children”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

My kids are 1, 3, and 5, and we LOVE spending time at the zoo. The older 2 can easily walk the whole time, and have been able to since about 2 years old. The animals are well cared for, and the zoo itself is well maintained. We enjoy the train ride, and the kids love feeding the goats, sheep, pigs, and birds. Our favorite animals to visit are the giraffe, lion, and the chimpanzees. It's always neat to see the peacocks strutting free throughout the grounds. I would highly recommend the zoo for an outing with kids!

Visited June 2013
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