Most people come to Florida to enjoy our shimmering coastlines and soak in the tropical vibes, but there are some seriously wild experiences that you can do here. Whether you love animals or are looking for an exotic escape in the Sunshine State, these experiences with animals in Florida will take you for a walk on the wild side!

From swimming with gators and sharks to snuggling with the cuddliest of creatures, this list has a little bit of it all. Get ready for some of the wildest adventures you'll take in your life.

Swim With Manatees

Price:  Free if you look for them in the wild on your own, or you can book a snorkel tour for around $60 — sometimes you can find deals on Groupon.

Address: Crystal River, FL

Why You Need To Go: Get up close and personal with these cute & cuddly gentle giants of the ocean. Swim and snorkel within arms reach; they're even known to swim right up to you from time to time.


Swim With Alligators

Price: Varies depending on what all you want out of your experience. You can get a quote by contacting him through his website.

Address: The Everglades Outpost — 35601 SW 192nd Ave, Homestead, FL

Why You Need To Go: An enchanting experience with Gator Boy Chris Gillette will have you swimming with Casper, an alligator that Chris has worked with for a long time. He even will take photos of your experience of a lifetime so you can keep the memories with you forever.


Free Dive With Sharks

Price: $195 per person.

Address: 1095 North A1A Jupiter, FL

Why You Need To Go: These surprisingly docile predators of the deep are a sight to behold up close; this insanely mesmerizing experience will drop you in the water without a cage, and this dive tour is certain to be the highlight of your trip.


Get Loved On By Wolves

Price: $15, reservation required.

Address: Located in Naples, FL — Directions will be emailed with reservation confirmation.

Why You Need To Go: Pet wolves while letting them love on you! You'll also learn more about the growing need for rescue, rehabilitation, and sanctuary of unreleasable wild and captive-bred exotic animals through this small-group animal encounter.


Kayak To An Island Of Wild Monkeys

Price: FREE if you take your own kayak, just launch off nearby and navigate to it, or rent a kayak nearby for $25.

Address: You can see the monkeys from the Homosassa Riverside Resort or you can get closer by boating over. The location of the resort is 5297 S. Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL.

Why You Need To Go: Kayak the beautiful waters of Homosassa while getting super close to an island full of monkeys! While you can't stop on the island, you can get pretty darn close.


Hang Out With Alpacas On A Farm

Price: $10

Address: 18810 Lone Dove Ln Clermont, Florida

Why You Need To Go: Whether you simply want to pet one or want to get up close & snuggle, these friendly babies at Luna Sea Alpaca Farm love attention!


Whether you decide to pet, swim, snuggle, or observe, these are some wild experiences you'll never forget.


We strongly advise that before you go visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security and animal rights. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and the animals.


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