Lion Country Safari is a place I have visited frequently since childhood – and now share with my own children. From the time my daughter was a toddler, we have gone to the park. Now that she is a teenager, I was concerned that she may be ‘too old’ to enjoy all Lion Country Safari has to offer. It turns out the park is great for children of all ages. Lion Country Safari would also be a great place for celebrities to take their families to enjoy the animals and all it has to offer.
Located about 20 miles west of downtown West Palm Beach, Florida, Lion Country Safari is both a drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. With over 900 animals, visitors can enjoy animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, six rides, a water spray ground, food, shopping and more. I still remember driving through the safari as a child and how exciting it was to see the animals living in their own habitat.
Visitors who purchase a ticket enter the park in their own vehicle, driving slowly at their own pace, and view the animals while listening to a recorded narration on audiotape or CD. The narration of the CD gives a great description of the sights, although it is a bit boring for the children.
We were provided a Lion Country Safari van as part of our review. Renting the van was an added bonus, as it gave us enough room to enjoy the leisurely drive through the safari. We saw a number of animals, such as giraffes, rhinoceroses, and zebras, who are allowed to roam freely, even crossing the road in front of vehicles. We also saw lions and chimpanzees, that are kept behind fences or water barriers.
After driving through the park, we visited Safari World, a theme park with some zoo exhibits, and amusement park rides such as a Ferris wheel. There was also a petting zoo, a small water park, and a giraffe-feeding exhibit. The giraffe-feeding exhibit was amazing, allowing the children to get up close and personal with the giraffes. Feeding and petting the giraffes was something we never experienced before. There was also a caged in area with birds, where we were able to feed them and even hold them on our arms.
Disclosure: We were not paid to review the park but our admission fees was provided by Lion Country Safari