"Fun with the Family"
If you do nothing else in the capital city, you must make it to this attraction. Part zoo, part hands-on museum and living history arena, it gives you fifty-two acres and a half-day’s worth of activities, including a re-created nineteenth-century farm, boardwalks through panther and red wolf habitat, historical buildings, and a Discovery Center.
The animal exhibits are conscientious in the way they allow Florida’s native critters to roam freely within low-impact barriers. Kids love the indoor Discovery Center—especially the feel-and-identify box and crawl-through tree—and the old schoolhouse once attended by the children of former slaves. Go when guides dress and act the part of nineteenth-century settlers, usually every day but Monday, but for sure on weekends.