If you are traveling to Florida you must make visiting the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Garden a priority! We had so much fun that I definitely plan to make it there again when we find ourselves in Florida in the future.
We spent last Monday wandering around the zoo and taking it all in- there was so much to see and do, that instead of a few hours- we stayed the whole day (no nap time that day!). After lathering on the sunscreen (you’ve seen how fair we are) this family first checked out of the lions, tigers and zebras oh my. Then it was time for lunch, well not our lunch- it was time to watch the alligators eat their lunch…yes that’s right, we watched the alligators get fed their lunch! Just one of the wild and fun shows at the Naples Zoo. One by one the alligators came up to the sandy beach and grabbed their tasty biscuit.
Next we headed to get some popcorn and lemonade (it was getting hotter and we were ready for a break in one of the many shady spots at the zoo). To our surprise right by the bathrooms and snack bar were the giraffe’s! The giraffes were my favorite part of the day and I think they were Tommy’s too. It was just amazing to see them walking around, their height alone was impressive, and of course their long purple tongues. What you didn’t know that giraffes have long purple tongues….well now you do!
The reason I know about their long soft tongues is because one licked me, yes you read that correctly…we had a chance to feed a giraffe ($5 for 6 pieces), oh and by the way they eat lettuce.
Here is a picture of me feeding Tommy, I mean Tommy feeding the giraffe – He loved it!
What could top all of that?…well right after feeding the giraffe we decided that Tommy had gone far to long , I mean he is 2 ½ after all, without riding a camel. The camel ride ($5 each person) was my husband’s highlight at the zoo. The two of them rode around with a guide, they were so high up on his back. He (my husband) would also like to say that being so close to the animals was a highlight too! We have been to far too many zoos were the animals seemed to be out to lunch or sleeping, or too far away to be seen by the human eye.
Tommy and Brian hoped on the camel, with absolutely no fear.
We ended our day with hot dogs and chips for lunch (very reasonable food prices) and a cruise around the lake to view the monkeys.
Overall we had a great time at the Naples Zoo, it was a fun day spent at a beautifully landscaped park with lots and lots of animals.
Look we even met a tiger!
Disclaimer: I was provided tickets for my family to spend the day at the zoo. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you very much Naples Zoo at Caribbean Garden we had a great time!