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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


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

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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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