Wild Florida Drive Thru Safari | The Best Wildlife Tours

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If you ever want to see the diversity of animal life that our beautiful world has to offer, look no further than a Wild Florida drive thru safari. There is plenty to see in this untouched 170-acre landscape of green grasses and classic Florida Everglades.

You can enjoy a wildlife spotting extravaganza from the comfort of your car, or join a guided tour, where you can see the mighty Bison or the iconic African Zebra. After your thrilling time at the drive thru zoo, the alligator and reptile park provides another world of exciting animals to see.

With such a wealth of wildlife for you to admire at every turn, it’s no wonder an Orlando safari is one of the best USA day tours you can enjoy.


  • See over 150 exotic animals up close
  • You have the opportunity to join an airboat tour
  • Your choice of a self-guided or professionally guided tour

Know before you book:

  • All vehicles must have a rooftop, and motorcycles are not allowed
  • Maintain caution when driving close to animals and if they cross the road
  • Being a tourist hotspot, it can get busy

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The goal of Wild Florida is to provide an unforgettable experience with the various animals of the world and to offer fantastic educational opportunities. Since 2010, Wild Florida has been actively protecting the 170 acres of wildlife along Lake Cypress, so future generations have the opportunity to see these majestic animals.

This vast conservation area has some truly unique animals, such as lemurs, cracker cows, and a Florida panther, just to name a few. If that’s not enough, pay a visit to Crusher, the largest American alligator in the park. Every day Crusher puts on a tremendous show, exhibiting his raw power.

Although you can’t bring food or drinks into the park, you can always enjoy a delicious meal at the Chomp House Grill, which offers fantastic views of the diverse wildlife on show.

After seeing everything on a Wild Florida safari drive thru, you will leave with unforgettable memories and some interesting facts about animals you probably never knew before.

Top Tip: If you’ve had your fill of exciting activities on the ground, take to the sky and admire the Everglades on an Orlando helicopter ride.

Wild Florida Safari Prices 2023

Admission costs into Wild Florida start at $15 USD per person and gradually increase depending on the admission ticket. Ticket prices can reach up to $189 USD per person with an airboat tour, meal, and travel.

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Drive Thru Safari Florida Tour Times

The Wild Florida animal safari drive thru opens between Monday and Saturday from 9 am until 6 pm. Reservations for the animal drive thru can be made anytime between 8 am and 5 pm, with the last cars entering at 5 pm.

Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

Best Time to Go on a Wild Safari, Florida

The best time to go on a Wild Florida safari depends on what you want to see. The Everglades in Florida has two distinct seasons: the wet season between May and November and the dry season between December and April.

During the wet season, you will be able to see the alligators hatching and nesting. During the dry season, many of America’s birdlife migrate to Florida to escape the cold. Seasons aside, it’s best to go on a drive thru safari between Monday and Thursday, as Friday and Saturday tend to be very busy and can get overcrowded.

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Things to See on a Florida Wildlife Safari

There are over 150 magnificent animal species you can see during your Wild Florida safari, but here are the five that you simply have to keep an eye out for.

  • Bison – The Bison is one of America’s largest and most impressive creatures. Their hunched figure and massive size are something you can only understand from up close.
  • Eland – The eland is notorious for being able to survive in extreme conditions, from harsh deserts to thriving forests. The males are particularly impressive, with beautiful coats and pointy horns.
  • Giraffe – The giraffe is possibly one of the most unique creatures of Africa, with a long physique and gorgeous patterning that you can’t miss. These gentle giants are one of the main attractions at Wild Florida.
  • Mouflon sheep – One of the original ancestors of the modern-day sheep, the Mouflon is well known for its incredible ability to walk on sheer cliffs.
  • Zebra – It’s hard to say where these majestic animals got their coats from, but one thing is for sure, they are beautiful. The white and black striped creatures graze the grasslands of Wild Florida freely and aren’t hard to spot.

Wild Florida Safari Park Tours

There is more to do at the drive thru safari zoo than just looking at the animals, as you can also get up close with them. On your adventures in Wild Florida, you can add some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, from feeding alligators or giraffes to having brief encounters with a lemur or capybara.

Here are some of the best tickets and tours you can join for an unforgettable experience.

Self-Guided Wild Florida Drive Thru Safari, Orlando

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If you want to explore the natural beauty of Wild Florida on your own terms, then this self-guided drive thru safari is ideal. Rock up in your vehicle and traverse the wild grasslands surrounding Lake Cypress, where you can spot some unique creatures, such as the Scimitar Oryx or the native cracker cow.

You can ride around this Florida wild safari for as long as you like to try and find all the native and exotic animals that call this beautiful part of the world home. After your drive, pop into the Chomp House Grill for a fantastic meal before heading to Gator Park.

Gator Park has another 200 wild animals you can admire, from a ring-tailed lemur to the main attraction — alligators. You can walk amongst the various animal enclosures and get a true sense of our planet’s diversity.

What we liked: Ideal if you want to tour the park at your own speed.

  • Drive thru admission
  • Gator Park admission

  • Food and drinks
  • Giraffe feeding
  • Rental car

Unfortunately, if you want to feed giraffes or alligators, you have to pay an additional charge, but the experience is unforgettable. It’s also important to know that your vehicle must have a roof, so no convertibles are allowed, and motorcycles are not allowed in the park either.

As this is a self-guided tour, you may miss out on some interesting facts about the park. However, you can always go to the visitors center to get a short guidebook on all the animals in the park.

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Wild Florida Safari & Airboat Tour

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If you don’t want to worry about driving through the park and having lunch, then this wildlife park and airboat tour is just for you. Enjoy a stress-free experience of Wild Florida as this all-inclusive tour offers you everything you could possibly need and more.

From the leisurely drive thru safari to the exhilarating airboat tour, your tour guide will point out all the unique animals in the park along with some interesting facts about each one. And that’s not everything, as you have the chance to feed animals, traverse the raised boardwalk through a classic tropical swamp, and pet some exotic animals from across the world.

Between these exciting activities, you get to enjoy a BBQ lunch at the Chomp House Grill diner. To make the memories stick for a bit longer, the tour providers also give you one digital photograph of your unforgettable journey through Wild Florida.

What we liked: It’s the best all-inclusive tour of Wild Florida.

  • Admission to Gator Park and the drive thru safari
  • Airboat tour
  • BBQ basket lunch

  • Tips

As you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun, it’s essential you bring sunglasses, sunblock and comfortable clothes on the tour. Wild Florida is a part of the Everglades, which is well known for its pesky bugs, such as mosquitoes, so be sure to bring some insect repellent with you.

After a breathtaking wild safari in Orlando, consider swimming with manatees or visiting one of the many beautiful sites across the city.

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If you ever want to experience the diversity of life that our planet has to offer, then visit this Wild Florida drive thru safari. There is an abundance of animals for you to admire, and it is all done in the name of conservation.
Value for Money
  • You have access to Wild Florida for the entire day
  • Option of self-guided or professional tours
  • There is a restaurant on the premises with views of the animals
  • Meals aren't included (unless specified)
  • You have to have your own vehicle
  • Giraffe and alligator feeding is an additional cost

Specification: Wild Florida Drive Thru Safari | The Best Wildlife Tours


Accessible for everyone


1 – 5 hours


Admission tickets


Meals (unless specified), Rental car

Meals & Drinks

Meals not included (unless specified)


hotel pick-up and drop-off not included (unless specified)

Suitable For

Everyone, Families, Nature lovers

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    Excellent adventure for a reasonable cost. All three of us enjoyed the drive. Watch out for the emu, it will eat your car!!!

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    An emu walked right up to our car and we were able to see it clearly. We also saw 2 gazelles fighting in front of us. It seemed more like a playful fight. Such beautiful animals all around. Road was wide enough for cars to pass each other. Loved the gator park. The gator pavilion saved us from the heat. Worth the money for the 2 attractions.

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