Hardee County Wildlife Refuge, Zolfo Springs

Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Nestled among the oak trees and the cabbage palms is home to non-releasable native wildlife, and a few exotic species that are showcased in natural habitats. As a guest, you are welcome to take a leisurely stroll along the elevated boardwalk, stopping for a brief lesson about the animals at the many interpretive stations. During your journey you can not only view the beautiful animals that make their home here but can also enjoy many species of wild birds that fly in from time to time, and a variety of native vegetation indigenous to Central Florida.
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  • A great place to walk around a few times on the boardwalk. Worth the admission if you are in the area. Say HI to Candi the bear when u go.  more »
  • Pretty local rescue for injured wild animals. The pathway through this was circular and went by a number of rescued animals. We saw otter, owls, alligator and emus. The bears were hiding.  more »
  • It's a great little animal park for young kids. It's only a short walk but the price isn't to high. It allows for easy access for those with strollers and it well shaded. The vaulters are a bit of a nuisance but they do a good job of keeping them off the paths. Our kids enjoyed it especially the under water otter observation area.
  • Would give 5 star's but every time we have came you only get to see a few animal's, the cougar died and everything else was asleep or outta site . Shouldn't have to pay when you don't see anything. Disappointing but the animal's you do see , turtles and emu's and an owl are alway's nice to see and my grand daughter was happy to see them. I'll keep coming and hopefully one day we will actually get to see more! Especially the bear and otters.

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