We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Big Cat Rescue

#4 of 198 things to do in Tampa Features Animals
12802 Easy St, Tampa, FL 33625-3702
+1 813-920-4130
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 36.00*
and up
Big Cat Rescue for Kids Tour in Tampa
More Info
USD 36.00*
and up
Big Cat Rescue Day Tour
More Info
USD 125.00*
and up
Big Cat Rescue Keeper Tour in Tampa
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Do you see yourself looking over the vast Serengeti plains, searching the horizon for a glimpse of a pride of Lions, or a Leopard lounging in the trees? Do you imagine yourself in India, riding an elephant through the high grass with your eyes peeled for the elusive Tiger? Have you ever thought how great it would be to hike through the rainforest, listening to the tropical birds, ever on the lookout for a Leopard or an Ocelot high in the canopy? Have you ever been to the zoo and wanted to be closer to the exotic cats; so close you could almost touch them? You don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to make these dreams come true. The world's largest accredited big cat rescue facility is right here in Tampa, Florida at Big Cat Rescue.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“feeding tour” (105 reviews)
“day tour” (47 reviews)
“their lives” (62 reviews)
12802 Easy St, Tampa, FL 33625-3702
+1 813-920-4130
Write a Review
Reviews (1,531)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,481 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Tour was very informative describing the history of each cat viewed. Cats were very well cared for and respected for the wild animal they are. Sanctuary is beautiful; well organized, extremely well kept, with dedicated staff. It's delightful to tour. Recommend that you wear bug...More

Thank JoeJourney
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our family of four and my parents took the noon kids' tour, our second year in a row, last Saturday. It was even better than last year! They arranged for a free scooter for my handicapped mother, provided 2 water breaks and kept us all...More

Thank Qatarmama
Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved this as it was educational and a good experience. Seeing cats have more natural homes and choose whether or not to be visible to visitors was a great experience. I plan to go again in the winter when it is a little cooler.

Thank Victoria J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured this facility and thought it was a very informative tour. The cats looked well cared for and even though it was raining, many of them were out so you could see them. The tour took about 1 1/2 hours and was an easy...More

Thank alwaysfun2travel
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have several types of cats, in different sections that have been saved from death of they were surrender by owners that decided they were to much responsibility. They have two vacations enclosures since I was there, one for the small cats and another for...More

Thank Betty D
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love big cats, this is a fun and educational tour. Keep in mind that this is a rescue sanctuary and cats being cats don't do much besides sleep, so you're not likely to see much activity. But we got to see a good...More

Thank Evan4Fun
Reviewed 1 week ago

Big Cat Rescue is an awesome sanctuary, they have guided tours, it's not like a zoo to where you can just walk around anywhere, the tours explain how each and every one of the cats became part of the family there, and the care these...More

Thank Toni B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Big cats come here/rescued to live out the rest of their life, what a wonderful place. The cats are well taken care of. All they have to do is eat & sleep and have Hugh areas to roam around in. They live a stress free...More

Thank CarribeanVacation45
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking for direct interaction with the big cats, this is not for you. This is a sanctuary for abused and discarded exotic cats. It was very educational and awesome to see big cats in the flesh. They are well taken cared of here...More

1  Thank cocoyed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love this place. They give a great tour and remind people that these are all rescues. Just reading where they were rescued from will break your heart. Great walk and all shaded. The sounds of lions roaring in the distance sends exciting chills down...More

Thank Julie L
Nearby Restaurants
Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria
107 reviews
1.07 km away
Mellow Mushroom
123 reviews
.92 km away
Smokey Bones
115 reviews
.68 km away
LongHorn Steakhouse
42 reviews
.70 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Upper Tampa Bay Trail
47 reviews
3.81 km away
Westfield Citrus Park
36 reviews
1.21 km away
Vertical Adventures
11 reviews
6.41 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Karen M
15 June 2017|
Answer Show all 4 answers
Response from | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are. I would go onto their website. You should find out more info about them
Chris M
29 April 2017|
Answer Show all 5 answers
Response from BigCatRescue | Property representative |
We do have private tours for those who want to determine their path and pace.
Chris M
29 April 2017|
Answer Show all 6 answers
Response from Herbert M | Reviewed this property |
We took an adult tour, and yes the guide was pushy, and talked more about big cat politics than about big cat information (biology, care, etc). We enjoyed seeing the cats, but did not enjoy the guide.