Traveling with Kids: Lion Country Safari

With the ‘rents and the kids, we drove up to Lion Country Safari today. It is quite a hike from Miami – a good 90 minutes or so. Is it worth it? Probably. It is certainly not cheap: $27 per adult, $17 for kids over 3 and seniors, and still another $6 for parking. This park features a drive-thru animal park divided roughly into 5 areas including grasslands, African savannah, Indian forest, and a few others. There were loads of ostriches, zebras, bucks, and so forth. My son loved the lions despite their dormant state. I think my daughter appreciated the giraffes the best. They give you this CD that guides you through the park, but not without e requisite annoyances of publicity for summer day camp or the stupid pseudo-African music to introduce the spaces. It is well-intended I suppose, but a bit insulting if, as me, you are actually familiar with real African music which this isn’t. But then, that could be just me.

There is also a kid’s park with a pretty decent restaurant (changing tables in the men’s restroom duly noted and exploited). There is a free merry-go-round (my daughter must have liked it because she rode every animal on it. Twice) and a free ferris wheel. The animal feedings however were a little on the expensive side, in particular the $2.50 for exactly two leaves of romaine lettuce for the giraffes. The kids loved it, but it was a bit excessive. The camel ride (3 small circles for about 2 minutes) at $5 per kid was also a bit much. However, there was a great splash pad and my kid loved that big time.

Overall, you need about 40 minutes for the drive-thru and another 90 for the kid’s park. If I compare it to Jungle Island which I also reviewed here last summer, this one had better animals and rides, but was similar in price and much further away. I guess I just hoped to see elephants and there were not to be seen. But hey, the rhinos were cool.


About mfinocchiaro

IT Architecture Guru for large PLM software company but dabbling in Web 2.0 and other stuff.
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