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Giraffe Ranch

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Address: 38650 Mickler Rd, Dade City, FL 33523
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+1 813-482-3400

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A hidden gem

You ABSOLUTELY have to make reservations ahead of time. They only have a few camels if you want to do the camel ride, and it's a small 'family-type' operation. Really nice... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 November 2016
Uxbridge, Canada
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Uxbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

You ABSOLUTELY have to make reservations ahead of time. They only have a few camels if you want to do the camel ride, and it's a small 'family-type' operation. Really nice people. You could do a segway or open bus tour. We did the camels and it was amazing. There are lots of other animals - like a 'zoo' and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a living, breathing working ranch. You can go around by safari jeep or a camel, a segway, or by Llama! What an experience. The owners share their love of animals in a way that no zoo experience ever could. Where can you go and hand feed a rhinoceraus? There is just so many animals to meet! It's expensive... More 

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Glenview, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

A hands on zoo. So many animals up close and personal. Rhinos, giraffes, monkeys, camels, ostriches, and on and on. We were able to feed them and approach them close up. And the couple that runs the tour was very welcoming and so knowledgeable about their varied animals.

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

My hubby and I were in Orlando and were looking for things to do outside of the typical theme parks. I was searching TripAdvisor when I found Giraffe Ranch. I LOVE animals!! So I went onto the website and looked at what it encompassed and told my hubby I wanted to do this. Literally, our whole week was based around... More 

2 Thank klynn112
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

This was an amazing excursion!! We chose the option of riding the camels to see the ranch but there are more economical options at the ranch as well, especially if you are bringing a larger family. The owners/tour guides were so friendly & knowledgeable. They have such care for their animals as well. Truly an experience to remember. Highly recommended!!

1 Thank Debbie B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Loved this up close and personal experience! Definitely will come again when we are in the area. We fed the lemurs, and we wanted to do it again. These animals are hilarious!

2 Thank Stephanie V
Milton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went here on our honeymoon! Fell in love with this place, so much more memorable than going to any zoo!! I do recommend add one of the extras of feeding certain animals like an otter, a lemur, a rhino. It is an expensive activity but one well worth it and you will never forget!!! I would... More 

2 Thank CVM87
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

My boyfriend and I had searched top things to do in Orlando and the site had lead us here! It should've been top 1, but luckily we had found it. We had called in to make a reservation, super friendly and informative of what we had to bring, prepare, and with the directions as well. The drive was worth the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

My dream is to go to Africa. Well, I feel like I have just been there!!! This place hands down is the BEST!! It is definitely NOT a tourist trap! I had the best time and learned so much about all the animals. Even before I stepped foot on the bus! It's all beautiful!! From the tortoise that walks around... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Les Salisbury and his wife Elena operate a private animal preserve that they have a true passion for and joyously share with the public. Les operated zoos for much of his life before embarking upon what is a passion project. Elena and Les have been to Africa 30 times. These experiences combine with Les' lifetime of zoo management to give... More 

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