Suburban Citrus Park in North Tampa is probably the last place you'd expect to be able to get face-to-face with an 800-pound tiger. Yet at the end of a shaded road just yards off the Veterans' Expressway, you can do just that. This rescue center is home base for a nonprofit organization that serves as a sanctuary for tigers, ocelots, bobcats, cougars, and members of any other large cat species you can imagine. Each and every one of these marvelous creatures has a unique story. Some arrived here after narrowly avoiding becoming an expensive coat. Others were kept as pets until the owners realized how pricey 15 pounds of meat per day (what it takes to feed some of these creatures) can be. They're all kept in large enclosures. A volunteer guide will lead you around the property and tell you every cat's story. You'll also get an earful of little-known facts about these big cats, from the true origin of the white tiger to why some cats have white spots on the backs of their ears. Tours (no unescorted visits are allowed) are every day but Thursday, but kids under 10 are only allowed on a special kids' tour at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday. Night tours, feeding tours, and appointment-only private tours are also available.
12802 Easy St., Tampa, Florida, 33625, United States