St. Augustine Aquarium, Zoos and Animal Experiences

Florida’s rich ecological history is one that stretches back even further than its human past. A dizzying number of different native species comprise the region’s rich biodiversity, and that’s reflected in the large number of opportunities visitors have to experience wildlife encounters in and around the area. If you or one of your traveling party members is an animal enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to check out St. Augustine Aquarium, the Alligator Farm Zoological Park, and other fantastic area attractions. Here are some of our favorites.  

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park

Florida is notorious for our ‘gators, and this fascinating attraction is one of Florida’s longest running attractions. The park is home to a wide range of exhibits featuring exotic fauna such as sloths, lemurs, African birds, massive Galapagos tortoises, and — of course — the eponymous big lizards. The park also offers conservation education, a fantastic gift shop, a fossil exhibit, and a zipline. Check out the reptiles Florida made famous.

999 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

The playful dolphin is one of the sea’s most fascinating creatures, and Marineland is the best place possible to learn about everyone’s favorite sea mammal. Kids of all ages can check out informative exhibits and shows featuring these fiercely intelligent animals. And that’s not all — Marineland houses interactive habitats where guests can enjoy up-close encounters with these gentle, intelligent animals. It’s a can’t-miss Florida experience!

9600 Oceanshore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Any animal fan will want to add nearby Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens to their must-see list when visiting the area. The Jacksonville Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals from all over the world, including many rare and exotic species. Additionally, the surrounding gardens also include more than 1,000 individual varieties of plants to discover. Take a walking safari, commune with nature, and enjoy a day out with wildlife in the sun.  

370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218

St. Augustine Aquarium

There may be no better place for those fascinated by marine life to have an up-close experience with many of Florida’s native underwater denizens than right here. The aquarium is home to countless species of sea animals, both in traditional display tanks, and in intimate shallows that invite up-close contact. The aquarium also offers guided tours from marine biologists, as well as snorkel tours, birthday parties, and more.  

2045 FL-16, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Tree Hill Nature Center

Tree Hill is a relaxing day out for families, as well as anyone who enjoys the serenity of nature. While primarily focused on conservation and ecological education, the park also offers visitors access to an unspoiled wildlife habitat that’s home to turtles, pygmy goats, and several colorful reptile and avian species. Guests can also enjoy a rattlesnake conservancy, community garden, and an annual butterfly festival during their visit.

7152 Lone Star Rd, Jacksonville FL 32211  

Regardless of the wildlife encounters you’re looking to experience, St. George Inn is the perfect base camp for all of your animal adventures. Be sure to check out our Special Offers page to take a look at our money-saving travel deals, and start planning your trip!