It's time to upgrade your snuggle buddy. There are several cuddly critters across the Sunshine State that are in need of some TLC, and you can observe these lovable creatures through animal encounters at reputable sanctuaries, zoos, and farms throughout the state. From baby goats to Florida manatees and other animals, there's a fuzzy buddy for everybody.

These experiences are sure to make your day. Spend some time chilling with precious baby goats or take a detour to monkey around with some monkeys. You'll also encounter some expert cuddlers on this list.

Not every cozy critter you'll find on the list is on dry land. Sea cows have captured the hearts of Floridians with their potato-like physique and docile demeanor. There's no adventure quite like taking a dip with Florida's marine life.

These six adorable animal experiences and cute photos are sure to lift those serotonin levels and force your family pet to step their cuteness game up. Keep these cuties in your daydreams and on your bucket lists — you won't regret it.

Get ready to say, "Awww!"

Baby Goats

Price: $25 goat tour 

Address: 17391 Durrance Rd., North Fort Myers, FL

Why You Need To Go: This charming experience at ECHO Farm lets you interact and feed tiny baby goats. These little guys are ultra-friendly.

Manatees

Price: $59.95 to $65 for a public manatee tour

Address: 320 N.W. Hwy. 19, Crystal River, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can swim with lovable 'tees in Crystal River through passive observation. These gentle giants are so worth the trip. If you're not looking to get in the water, a boardwalk at Three Sister's Springs will let you observe from afar.

Alpacas

Price: $10 visit

Address: 18810 Lone Dove Ln., Clermont, FL

Why You Need To Go: Hug a fluffy llama at this adorable farm in Florida. Alpacas are social and affectionate creatures with a curious nature.

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Monkeys

Price: $29.95 admission 

Address: 14805 S.W. 216th St., Miami, FL

Why You Need To Go: This unique spot lets you hang with monkeys. These little guys like to perch on your arm while they munch on a snack.

Koalas

Price: $25 photo encounter

Address: 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL

Why You Need To Go: You'll have some good koala-ty time at Zoo Tampa! Here you can have your photo taken up close with a cuddly koala.

Sloths

Price: $43 sloth encounter

Address: 3301 Lake Cypress Rd., Kenansville, FL

Why You Need To Go: This sloth encounter will make your whole day. These clingy critters at Wild Florida give out hugs left and right.

These cute critters belong at the top of your animal encounter wishlists. Whether you lounge with llamas or swim with sea cows, you're sure to get that warm and fuzzy feeling.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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