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
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
Hunsader Farms Petting Zoo

The petting zoo consists of a deer, emus, bunnies, fainting goats, pigs, geese, sheep, roosters, mini donkeys, mini horses, a cow, a llama, peacocks, ...

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: East 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

One of the oldest continuously operated attractions in Florida established in 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens evokes memories of Florida days gone by. F ...

Area: North Sarasota
3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida, 34234
Save Our Seabirds

The mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured wild birds while educating our community about preventing injuries and preserving ...

Area: Barrier Islands
1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida, 34236
Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf American Alligator Exhibit

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf courses feature 18 holes of adventure style golf in which you'll navigate through caves, pirate ships, waterfalls, and l ...

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