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Giraffe Ranch

  • 38650 Mickler Rd. Map It
  • Dade City
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 09/17/2015

Fodor's Review

Rural Dade City is known mostly for its strawberries, but word is quickly spreading about something else that makes people flock here: giraffes. These graceful creatures are the headliners at this nearly 50-acre ranch. You can view them as part of a tour in a safari-style vehicle, on the back of a camel, or on a Segway; on any tour, you get to hand-feed them cabbage leaves. You'll also see tons of zebras, a pair of pygmy hippos, a couple of rhinos, ostriches, and many other animal species roaming the grounds. Near the ranch's welcome center and gift shop is a corral of enclosures where you can watch guinea pigs chomp on sweet-potato chunks, hold a baby goat, (for a little extra cash) feed a flock of resident lemurs, watch a group of otters (the ranch's newest residents), or bathe a pair of rhinos. The ranch's proprietors have encyclopedic knowledge of the animal kingdom, and the overall experience is meant to impart a sense of connection to the animal world—and the environment—on those who visit. Tours take about two hours, and reservations are required. Credit cards are not accepted.

Sight Information

Address:

38650 Mickler Rd., Dade City, Florida, 33523, United States

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Phone:

813-482–3400

Sight Details:

  • $75 for tour in safari van; $150 for tour by camelback; $150 by Segway
  • Tues.–Sun. at 11 am and 2 pm, by reservation only

Published 09/17/2015

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