Fodor's Expert Review Giraffe Ranch

Tampa Farm/Ranch Fodor's Choice

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 flanked by a llama, 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 giant porcupine, 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 or bongo cattle, or watch a group of otters. You can also feed and help 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... READ MORE

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 flanked by a llama, 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 giant porcupine, 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 or bongo cattle, or watch a group of otters. You can also feed and help 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.

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Quick Facts

38650 Mickler Rd.
Dade City, Florida  33523, USA

813-482–3400

www.girafferanch.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $90 for tour in safari van; $180 for tour by camelback; $180 by Segway; $180 for a llama trek

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