Updated: Nov 17, 2021
The Lion Country Safari entrance sign.
The popular wildlife park, Lion Country Safari, was recently ranked among the 10 best safari parks by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice. Zoo and travel experts provided a list of top-nominated wildlife parks, and winners were picked by popular vote. The top 10 winners in the Best Safari Park category were announced on June 4.
This is the fourth year in a row that Lion Country Safari made the list. Located in Loxahatchee near West Palm Beach, the park is also recognized as one of the top three zoos in America by the USA Travel Guide.
Other winners include Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska; Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, Arizona; Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide, Colorado; San Diego Zoo Safari Park; B. Bryan Preserve in Point Arena; and Safari West in Santa Rosa, California; The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio; Keystone Safari in Grove City, Pennsylvania; and Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.
The Lion Country Safari Story
Lion Country Safari is an AZA-accredited wildlife park that has been welcoming families seeking a realistic African safari experience since 1967. The park is known for introducing the first cageless zoo in the country, a new concept at the time. The nearly 600-acre attraction provides a walk-through adventure park and an award-winning KOA campground as well as the four-mile drive-through safari.
An African Safari Experience
When you visit Lion Country Safari, you enjoy an African safari experience with over 1,000 animals, including lions, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and wildebeests roaming free just inches from your car. Admission to the Safari World Adventure Park includes a view of seven different realistic animal habitats, up-close encounters like giraffe feedings and a petting zoo, rides, a water spray ground and more.
Lion Country Safari features the largest herd of zebras on record in North America. Expect to see rhinos, ostriches, chimpanzees, and giraffes. The wildlife safari park is home to a variety of tropical birds like macaws, parrots, flamingos, and cockatoos. If you are looking for reptiles, keep your eye out for alligators, turtles, pythons, and other snakes. Learn what is unique about different species and catch a glimpse of how animals are trained.
A Day of Fun for All Ages
At Lion Country Safari, children can participate in attractions like the Flying Elephant ride, a carousel, a mini train that rides past petting zoo animals and a water park. Animal encounters, including giraffe feedings, put humans eye-to-eye with the tall creatures. Kids and grownups alike can find their way out of a hedge-lined maze, play mini-golf, go on a pontoon boat ride, and participate in other activities, many of which are complimentary with the price of admission.
After a fun day at the park, take home a one-of-a-kind work of art by an animal artist. The lively works of art are produced by chimps, macaws and giraffes, and paw prints from rhinos and lions are also favorites. Also, 50% of the proceeds go toward supporting conservation organizations.
A Leader in Animal Conservation
Lion Country Safari’s mission is to foster positive connections between people and wildlife in a safe, family-friendly environment. The tropical climate and abundant space make the Lion Country Safari Palm Beach County location ideal.
On April 17, 2021, the Hwange section of the safari welcomed a baby plains zebra to its herd. Plains zebras are classified as “near threatened” because of a decreasing population due to poaching and loss of habitat. Lion Country Safari participates in Species Survival Plans that feature a range of conservation and breeding programs for threatened species. The programs have become increasingly important as wild populations decline and the animals eventually face extinction. The wildlife park helps species like rhinoceros, oryx, and siamangs in addition to zebras by contributing to a healthy and sustainable population.
Plan Your Visit
Lion Country Safari is located at 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee, FL 33470, 10 miles west of the Florida Turnpike. The wildlife safari park is open from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., with the last car admitted at 4:30 p.m. It is recommended that visitors check out the individual attraction websites for hours and any park amenities that may have been temporarily affected by COVID-19.
For further information about Lion Country Safari, visit their website or call 561-567-7970.