This delightful small-town zoo houses more than 550 animals, including giraffes, white rhinos, red kangaroos, cheetahs, alligators, siamang gibbons, giant anteaters, jaguars, wallabies, crocodiles, howler monkeys, bald eagles, red wolves, and river otters. Enjoy a 10-minute train tour of the grounds ($3); hand-feed gentle giraffes and lorikeets in a free-flight aviary; get friendly with the wildlife at the Paws On play area, featuring a 22,000-gallon aquarium, water play, and petting zone; and kayak around an animal exhibit or through a 22-acre restored wetlands for just $6. For an up-close-and-personal view of the animals, try a rhino encounter, offered daily from noon to 1pm for $15 per person. The zoo also offers eco-tours on the Indian River Lagoon ( For $50, you get kayak rental, kayak instruction, snacks and drinks, a trained environmental educator guide, lunch on an island, and close viewing of manatees, dolphins, and wading birds. Plan to spend 1 to 4 hours here.