Looking for something to do in Southwest Florida? As one of the most popular attractions in Southwest Florida, the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens offers families a memorable day of entertainment. The attraction’s innovative and interactive guest experiences provide awareness of conservation and a deeper understanding of both native and exotic animal life, while also encouraging guests to take home what they’ve learned to change the way they live.
The zoo is uniquely situated in the heart of Naples on 44 acres of beautiful historic botanical gardens that was founded in 1919. Since Caribbean Gardens was planted nearly 50 years before the animals were introduced into the garden, the exhibits were built around decades old trees and lush foliage. Because of the careful blending of flora and fauna the animals are close, sometimes just three or four steps away from guests. Impressively, the Naples Zoo is among only 10 percent of the nation's zoos accredited by the prestigious Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is sustained only through admissions and private donations as a non-profit charitable organization operating on public land
During a zoo visit, guests can get up-close and personal with giraffes and big cats and see uncommon animals such as the Fosas -- less than 2,500 of these little known predators remain in Madagascar and this is the only zoo in Florida where you can see them. Malayan tigers, striped hyenas (home to two of only 15 in the nation) and African honey badgers (can only be seen at four zoos in the country). Favorites among visitors include giraffes, African lions, lemurs, Gila monsters, American alligators, leopards, native and exotic venomous snakes, zebras, spider monkeys and macaws.
Learn what animals eat, how much they eat, how long they live and how zoos maintain an animals’ activity through behavioral enrichment programs in the Meet the Keeper Series which allows guests to speak with professional zoo keepers and observe the animals under their care at select animal exhibits. Guests learn about how the species exist in native habitats and how individual animals are cared for outside the wild.
The Primate Expedition Cruise provides great photo opportunities as it floats past islands of monkeys, lemurs and apes living in natural habitats. The narrated 15 to 20 minute cruise on Lake Victoria leaves only water between passengers and the primates for exceptional viewing and picture taking.
Alligators are impressive creatures that are the focus of both our curiosity and fear. Considering there are over one million alligators sharing the state of Florida, learning more about these creatures is the focus of Alligator Bay. Here guests will be able to see alligators in their natural habitat – gliding through the waters or sunning on the banks and islands. And, during hand-feedings guests will appreciate the hidden strength of the alligator when the normally placid reptiles power through the water to feed.
The conservation presentations featuring animals exhibiting natural behaviors at the Safari Canyon Open-Air Theater include film clips of animals in the wild along with live camera action on video displays.
Ever seen a giraffe’s long tongue up close? You not only get to observe the giraffes, but hand-feed them as well at the zoo’s Giraffe Feeding Experience.
Boasting the largest Black Bear habitat at an accredited zoo east of the Mississippi, Naples’ Black Bear Hammock features a natural Florida habitat and backyard habitat areas.
A rarely seen predator, The Fosa: Madagascar’s Legendary Carnivore, provides guests of the zoo a close-up look and interpretive graphics and a flip-panel encourage interaction and learning.
Come face-to-face with big cats at Leopard Rock with nothing more than an inch of glass separating man and beast.
Home to America’s rarest tigers, the Malayan tigers, Tiger Forest features a naturalistic rockwork basking pool and a mature jungle of trees, including a giant strand of bamboo planted in the 1920s.
Observe venomous snakes and other reptiles at Jungle Larry & Safari Jane’s Snakes Alive! Guests get to speak with professional handlers at this perfect balance of show and exhibit.
African Oasis features impala antelope, crested porcupines, greater kudus, gray parrots, Dorcas gaselles and leopard tortoises.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is located at 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road in Naples. The attraction is open seven days a week (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 4:00 p.m.
Dining is available at Wynn’s at the Zoo restaurant and Wynn’s Jungle Café. Additionally, there are vending machines and snacks available in The ZOO Gift Shop.
The ZOO Gift Shop offers a variety of animal-related gifts and souvenirs and is open whenever the zoo is open. Admission is not required to shop.
Tickets include admission to the zoo and botanical garden, all presentations and exhibits and the Primate Expedition Cruise. Admission is $19.95 for adults and $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Children age two and under are admitted free. However, it is possible to save $2 & $3 by purchasing tickets online in advance. Parking is free.
Driving I-75 from north or east, take Exit 105 (Golden Gate Parkway) and continue to travel west toward the beach. Turn left heading south on Goodlette-Frank Road. The zoo is on the left, one block south of the Golden Gate Parkway and across from Coastland Center Mall.
Driving U.S. 41 South from North Naples or Bonita Springs, look for entrance sign on the left, one block south of the Golden Gate Parkway.
Driving U.S. 41 North from Marco Island or Everglades City, turn right on Goodlette-Frank Road (just past bridge over Naples Bay). Travel just over two miles. The zoo will be on the right.
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