ZOOS IN ALABAMA
Kid Friendly Alabama Zoos
There are many different types of attractions just for kids located throughout Alabama, but kids seem to really enjoy zoos, sanctuaries and farms. If you are looking to entertain and educate your kids about animals, you will want to check out our list of zoos and other animal attractions in Alabama.
Alabama Safari Park
View wild animals from the comfort of your own vehicle. In the safari, you’ll be able to see animals roam naturally over 350 acres. We encourage interaction by allowing visitors to feed the animals with our specialty grain mixture.
The animals are free to run, play, jump, frolic, and swim as they wish! Drive your vehicle over three miles of maintained gravel road and feed the animals through your windows! But don’t be in a hurry. The animals often block your path…or lay flat-out in the sun…the choice is theirs!
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021, and Christmas Day, December 25, 2021)
Spend the day with us!Your paid admission grants you access to the Safari Drive-Thru and Walk-thru area for the entire day. Just present your receipt to re-enter the park.
Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary
Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary is the perfect place for a fun-filled family outing. At this zoo, visitors will have the opportunity to experience hands-on interaction with the animals and get to view the beautiful birds in the aviary. Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary is also the perfect place to host a birthday party or other fun event.
Open Thursday through Sunday, the family-owned & operated Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary, LLC features a playground, pony rides, hayrides, covered pavilions, a large aviary with many varieties of peafowl, pheasants, quail, dove, pigeons, chickens and waterfowl, and more.
Doodle and Boo Petting Zoo & Aviary is located at 1500 Alabama Hwy 168, Boaz, Alabama 35957. Hours: Thurs-Sat 10:00am-5:00pm / Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm / Price: $5 per person. 256-281-9561 or 256-960-9683
Alabama Wildlife Center
Alabama Wildlife Center is Alabama’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation facility and a leader in the rehabilitation of wild birds. Over 50,000 native Alabama wild animals have received help at this amazing wildlife center. Alabama Wildlife Center is located at 100 Terrace Drive, Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, AL 35124. Hours: Every Day 9:00am-5:00pm
Harmony Park Safari is a “drive-thru” animal park that requires its visitors to remain in their car on the 2-mile route to see many exotic animals, which include zebras, ostriches, buffalo, etc. Visitors will enjoy hand feeding the animals as they walk straight up to their car window(s). All ages, especially kids, LOVE this unique animal attraction! Harmony Park Safari is located at 431 Clouds Cove Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803. Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00am-7:00pm / Price: $9 per person
Noccalula Falls Park features a petting zoo, mini-golf course, the Gilliland-Reese Covered Bridge (built 1899) and a replica 1863 C. P. Huntington train ride. The main feature of the park is a notable 90-foot waterfall with a gorge trail winding through its basin and past caves, an aboriginal fort, an abandoned dam, pioneer homestead, and Civil War carvings.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo opened in June 1989 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The zoo is several blocks north of the beach and is home to more than 290 animals including lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, and macaws. It includes a petting zoo, reptile house, and aviary, as well as daily animal shows in the summer.
Tennessee Valley Zoo is located at 26169 Children Lane Athens, Alabama 35613. This unique zoo offers both stationary and mobile petting zoo perfect for a day out with the kids. For more information and make reservations, please call 256-683-1763.
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1980, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a 7,000-acre wildlife habitat for migratory birds, sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore this area by walking one of five trails. With more than 100,000 visitors annually, it’s easy to see why so many people love visiting this wildlife habitat. It’s such a BEAUTIFUL area! Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is located at 12295 State Hwy 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542. Hours: Daylight Hours – Every Day
The Birmingham Zoo is a zoological park that opened in 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama. The 122-acre (49 ha) zoo is home to almost 800 animals representing over 200 species, including many endangered species from six continents. It is located, along with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in Lane Park, a 200-acre (81 ha) city-owned park near the western terminus of U.S. Highway 280 at U.S. Highway 31 on the southern slope of Red Mountain.
All of the alligators were rescued from dangerous situations. From an elevated platform, visitors will get a close-up view of over 400 alligators. Visitors will also have an opportunity to hold and feed an alligator.
Alligator Alley is located at 19500 Co Rd 71, Summerdale, AL 36580. Hours: Every Day 10:00am-5:00pm