Sarasota - Manatee

Animal Encounters

This page lists places in the Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida area where kids can interact with or observe animals including: pets, farm animals, zoo animals and animals in the wild.
Kids Sarasota and Bradenton: Animal Encounters - Fun 4 SRQ Kids
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

We are a non-profit safe haven for big cats, bears, and other animals in need. Our goal is to educate the public by fostering appreciation for animals ...

Area: North Sarasota
7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, Florida, 34232
Dakin Dairy Farms

The Dakin Dairy Farm mission, as a multigenerational Florida dairy farming family, is to produce superior quality, wholesome, farm fresh dairy product ...

Area: Myakka
30771 Betts Rd, Myakka City, Florida, 34251
Fallen Pines Farm Miniature Horses

We offer farm tours throughout the year. So, bring out the whole family and learn more about mini horses and the farm! (Treats for the horses are alwa ...

Area: North Sarasota
16626 Winburn Dr, Sarasota, FL, 34240
Fruitville Grove Petting Zoo

We offer an educational experience for both children and families interested in spending some time on the farm. Kids can enjoy the petting zoo with an ...

Area: North Sarasota
7410 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL, 34240
Hunsader Farms Petting Zoo

We have a big playground surrounded by our petting zoo. Kids will enjoy the slides, swinging, digging in the big sandbox and riding on the circle pa ...

Area: East Bradenton
5500 CR 675, Bradenton, FL, 34211
Mixon Fruit Farm Wildlife Refuge

A portion of their citrus grove is shared with Wildlife Inc. for a Florida Wildlife Care & Education Center. They provide much needed land and she ...

Area: West Bradenton
2525 27th Street East, Bradenton, Florida, 34208
Mote Marine Laboratory

Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research ...

Area: Barrier Islands
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
Parker Manatee Aquarium, The

The Parker Manatee Aquarium, designed to house three adult manatees, holds nearly 60,000 gallons of water, including a medical pool. The pool offers b ...

Area: West Bradenton
201 10th Street West, Bradenton, Florida, 34205
Sarasota Audubon Society Nature Center

The Nature Center is located in the heart of the Celery Fields – Sarasota County’s number one birding destination! Once an agricultural mecca for cele ...

Free: Yes
Area: North Sarasota
999 Center Road, Sarasota, Florida, 34240
Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is home to more than 200 native and exotic animals including birds of prey, many different species of parrots and macaws, prim ...

Area: North Sarasota
3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida, 34234
Sarasota Sea Lion Preserve

The Sarasota Sea Lion Preserve family is excited to welcome the public into our world! Experience the grace, agility, and beauty of our thirteen Calif ...

Area: Myakka
36302 Singletary Rd, Myakka City, FL, 34251
Save Our Seabirds

Our unique Wild Bird Learning Center, which is essentially a living museum, offers fascinating educational displays featuring live birds that have bee ...

Area: Barrier Islands
1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
Sea Life Encounter Cruise

Join a marine biologist on this 1 hour, 45 minute cruise through Sarasota and Roberts Bays. Observe our Florida manatees and resident population of bo ...

Area: Barrier Islands
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf American Alligator Exhibit

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf has been providing outdoor fun since 1987 when our first course opened in Ft. Myers, Florida. By winning “Best Mini Golf ...

Area: West Bradenton, North Sarasota
Multiple Locations
South Florida Museum

Come experience Florida's largest natural and cultural history Museum! Take a ride through space and see Florida manatees all at the South Florida Mus ...

Area: West Bradenton
201 10th St. W, Bradenton, Florida, 34205
Venice Area Audubon Society Rookery

The Venice Area Audubon Rookery, internationally known to bird photographers, is freely open to all visitors from dawn to dusk every day of the year. ...

Free: Yes
Area: Venice/Nokomis
Annex Rd, Venice, Florida