Nowadays, people who love to see wild animals don’t have to travel to Africa or other countries to see them. You can experience it by going to a safari park. It could be a great place for spending your holiday and helping kids learn about the animals. Not just to see them — you can also feed and touch some animals from around the world. For you who live in the U.S., here are the top ten safari parks you can choose as your destination during the holiday.
10. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, WA
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park has many events, tour, education, and conservation programs that will entertain you and your family. This park isn’t a drive-thru — you explore the park by riding a tram. The tram tour takes 50 minutes through 435 acres of meadows and forests. The tour highlights elk, moose, and mountain goats. Spend the holiday on exploring the wildlife with your family.
Open hours: Open at 9.30 a.m., closing times vary | Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas | For further information about open hours, please check nwtrek.org
9. Lion Country Safari African Adventure, FL
There are two ways to explore Lion Country — on foot through SafariWorld and by vehicle through seven distinct African-esque regions. You can choose either — or maybe both. It depends on your wish. Many species of birds, reptiles, and mammals live here. The park also offers many educational programs for children and adults.
Open hours: Open daily, gates open at 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m | Park closes at 5.30 p.m.
8. The Wilds, OH
Located in Ohio, The Wilds has many popular attractions for you. One of them is mountain biking. The mountain bike trails opened again on May 25. From Ostrich to Sable Antelope, many species of animals live here. You can see rhinos, giraffes, and other animals by riding Open-Air Safari, an open-air vehicle. The tour is approximately 2+ hours long.
Open hours: At 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. | May – September: Open Daily | October: Open Saturday and Sunday | November – March (Winter Tours): Available daily by reservation | Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Dec 25, Dec 25, and Jan 1
7. Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari, NJ
Six Flags Safari has a mission to give you an entertaining, fun and unique educational experience that will inspire all ages to conserve and protect our precious animal resources. Many attractions are offered here. Animal attractions consist of Camp Aventura, Giraffe Feedings, Safari Discoveries Land Animal Presentations, Safari Off Road Adventure, Sea Lion Presentations, and World Animal Days. Choose whatever you want to see your favorite animals!
Open hours: You should check the park operating hours on sixflags.com. Usually, the park opens at 10.30 a.m. and the closing times vary.
6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, FL
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the world’s largest animal park with thousands of animals and hundreds of species. There are many things to do in this largest animal park. This park offers you Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids, Flights of Wonder, Expedition Everest, Maharajah Jungle Trek, and Primeval Whirl. In addition, you can meet and greet with some Disney characters such as Goofy, Pluto, Russel from Up, and Pocahontas.
Open hours: Open daily at 9.00 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
5. San Diego Zoo Safari Park, CA
This safari park is home to many species of animals. To enjoy the park you can choose your safari program — it has different facilities and animals to see. For example, you can choose to travel in a caravan safari. It is an open-air safari truck. It’s not just for looking — you can also feed the giraffes. Caravan safari is only for ages 6 and up. Each safari program has an age requirement. This park also offers you a summer camp. It’s very interesting since campers interact with animals such as rhinos and giraffes. If your children love animals, this event will be perfect for them!
Open hours: Open daily, including all holidays at 09.00 a.m.
4. Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, NE
Wildlife Safari offers you to get an education about wildlife animals through special programs. There are divided into three programs — Family Classes, Family Night, and School Group Visits. In Family Classes, you will discover and practice adventurous outdoor skills. This program is for children (4 years old) and must be accompanied by an adult. If your children ranging from three to seven years old, then Family Night can be suitable for you. The program will give you and your family chance to learn and explore at Wildlife Safari Park. The last program is special for school groups. You will receive a school discount when you make reservations in advance. There is also a picnic area where you can enjoy your own food. It’s located at the Wolf Woods Parking Lot. But if you didn’t bring your own food, you can buy snacks and drinks in the Visitor Center.
Open hours: Open Daily at 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (April – October)
3. Virginia Safari Park, VA
Are you searching for best animal experiences in Virginia? Head to this safari park. This is the only drive-thru wild animal park in Virginia. It is home to over 1,000 animals. There are three main attractions here — Safari Drive-Thru Zoo, Village Walk-Thru, and Public Wagon Rides. You can get safari experience by driving your vehicle over three miles road and feed the animals such as zebras and llama through your windows. In the Safari Village, there are some interactive habitats where you can walk, interact closely with the animals, and also feed them. About the Public Wagon Rides, you will have to pay an additional fee for a wagon ticket. The tickets go on sale at 9 a.m.
Open hours: Open daily at 9.00 a.m. | Closing times vary | Closed on Thanksgiving Day
2. Out of Africa Wildlife Park, AZ
Out of Africa Wildlife Park is not only for kids, but it’s fun for all ages. This park has a bunch of shows which will entertain you. You can see Bengal and Siberian tigers playing, romping, and splashing in a large pool in the Tiger Splash show. Similar to other safari parks, this park offers you a chance to feed the animals, interact with them, touch a giant snake, and take a bus tour. The tour is called as African Bush Safari where a bus will take you on 40-minute tour with expert guides. After exploring the park, you can buy some stuffed animals in the gift shop.
Open hours: Mon-Fri: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. | Sat-Sun: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. | The admissions window closes at 4.00 p.m. | Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
1. Pine Mountain Wild Animal Safari, GA
This safari park is located in the north of Pine Mountain. From giraffes to camels, this park is a home for many exotic animals. There are several ways that you can choose to enjoy the safari park. The main attraction is the Serengeti Adventure. It offers you a 3-mile drive where you can see, touch, and even feed the animals. You can drive in your own vehicle, a rental van, or tour bus. Because the tour bus is seasonal, don’t forget to check its availability before you go. Once you have done the Serengeti Adventure, it’s time to take a walk through the Walk-About section where you can see bears, alligators, monkeys, and other animals. You can also visit the Safari Café and gift shop to buy some souvenirs.
Open hours: Open daily at 10 a.m. | Closing times vary | Closed on Christmas Day
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Originally posted 2017-05-23 07:43:02.