With daily meet a keeper animal talks, train rides, the coolest elevated board walk looking out over 30 acres of wildlife, and the farm; where you can feed and pet a variety of farm animals, I’m sharing our reasons on Why You Should Visit The Gulf Breeze Zoo in Gulf Breeze Florida!
On St. Patrick’s Day I planned on us taking a little drive over to the Gulf Breeze Zoo, in Gulf Breeze. It’s about a 2 hour drive from Panama City Beach. We visited the zoo about 5 years ago, and have been meaning to go back ever since. At that last visit Kayla wasn’t able to go with us, she was out of town for a color guard competition, and I really wanted to take her before she left for boot camp. So we got up Saturday morning, packed some snacks and headed over. The weather was perfect. Warm enough that the animals would be out and about, but not too hot, where they would be hiding in the shade.
We spent several hours there, stopping and watching all the animals, feeding and petting the farm animals, and watching the otters play and swim. I think one of my favorite parts of this zoo is the elevated boardwalk that looks out over 30 acres at the different wildlife. Zebra, capybara, rhinos and the gorilla are just a few of the animals you’ll see from the boardwalk.
One of the things that I noticed at the Gulf Breeze Zoo is they make feeding and petting the farm animals easy. I’ve been to others where the fences aren’t quite low enough for kids to interact. It’s recommended to feed these animals from your feed cup, because they do bite. Just keep a tight hand on that cup, because I saw several kids who lost their cups when the animals took it right from their hands.
Gulf Breeze Zoo offers many great opportunities to learn more in depth about the animals if you are curious. Meet a Keeper Animal Talks are held daily, at various times throughout the park. (check the website for times) We had the pleasure of standing in on a few of those. They tell you stories about the animals and how they care for them. You can ask questions about the animals during this time! You never know what you might learn!
If you totally love giraffe’s they offer a behind the scenes tour! It’s a great deal with the price of admission included in the $75 price for a 30 minute tour.
If you want to get up close and personal with budgie’s, you’ll can purchase a couple of budgie feed sticks, and head into the free flight aviary. It’s a one of a kind experience that Zack and Kelsie enjoyed. (I’m not too keen on birds landing on me.) Kayla and I sat on the bench in the shade outside the aviary and watched several birds fly around, and land on their hands and arms.
Of course no zoo trip can be complete without a train ride! It’s something that I remember doing every zoo visit growing up in Alabama, at the Birmingham Zoo. You’re in luck because Gulf Breeze Zoo has one too! You get to go in, and around where you walked that elevated boardwalk! It’s a really great, not to be missed experience. It’s like a wild life safari! It’s a 15 minute narrated ride, where you learn more in depth about those animals that you viewed from the boardwalk. You’ll also get a peek at the hippos, that can only be seen by train ride!
Gulf Breeze Zoo is open year round except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, with different hours depending on the time of the year it is. They offer several holiday events such as Zoo Lights during Christmas, Easter events, Boo at the Zoo for Halloween, and even birthday parties! Just check out their events page for more information!