From the Clearwater to Siesta Key, are some of the best beaches and Island vacation rentals. If you want to add a day trip or two we recommend the Lowry Park Zoo. This park is visually pleasing as well as entertaining. The Pony Parade offers an opportunity to pet a pony, and get a Photo with them, as they stroll along. Throughout the park, you will find educational opportunities as well as hands on interactions, and behind the scenes learning experience. Several events are featured throughout the year, making the Zoo experience, spectacular.
Wallaroo Station, is an Australian habitat lets you walk among a mob of yellow-footed rock wallabies. You can also pet feed and brush several farm animals in the petting zoo. Several carnival rides to keep the active child happy, and a train tour for the tired group. Be prepared with swimwear and dry clothing, as the kids will want to run through the Splash pad. If you will be in the area for a length of time, consider day camps, to further the education of the curious child or teen.
Explore the African jungle, complete with a giraffe feeding station, and some of the most impressive Habitats around. See some of the finest natural wildlife up close, like elephants, zebras, meerkats, white rhinos, cheetahs, pygmy hippos, okapi, African penguins and much more!
At the daily Penguin show, learn can about their eating habits and observe their charming character, and whimsical behavior. Mingle with and touch animals, in a safe surrounding. It’s an event you will not soon forget. Did you know s that almost a third of penguin species spend their time in warmer weather rather than the chilly Antarctic?
The Aquariums feature a colorful variety of tropical sea life, that leads into the Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center. Dr’s and staff focus their efforts on critical care for injured, sick, and orphaned wild manatees. We witnessed a Mother caring for her baby in captivity, waiting for their recovery from hypothermia, and released back to the Florida waters. This is the only non-profit, acute care facility in the world specifically dedicated to critical care for injured, sick, and orphaned wild manatees. Learn what you can do to protect them in the wild. Around the corner find the reptiles, sea life and this unique graduating pool, called Stingray Bay, where you can pet the Rays as well as feed them.
Learn about the Manatee, receiving treatment and how to protect them, while you are out on the water.
If you hold a Shrimp between your knuckles and lay your hand on the floor of the pool, Rays will gently glide over, then lovingly remove it. Kisses are free.
Walk among the Parrots, hands-on encounter. Zoo Staff will educate you on each species and how to love on them.
Wildlife is featured from 5 continents. Whether you are on safari in Africa or Australia, strolling through the rainforest, Enjoy the peaceful waterfalls in the main Avery and river that runs through this area and watch exotic and endangered birds gracefully soar overhead. Observe animals native to Florida, like Alligators, bears and an amazing variety of Florida Birds, and reptiles, as you stroll along with the bounty of flora and tropical foliage.
Make a point to attend the Zoo theater, with daily shows at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. This is soon to be a family favorite when you are visiting the Florida Gulf Coast.
An easy drive from your Anna Maria Island rental home or your Clearwater Vacation Condo or home. Day trips are a bonus when you take a relaxing Island vacation. Check out more activities on our Pinterest Boards and Facebook events. Book your vacation rental at www.BeachRentals.mobi