6 big game safari parks in the US

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Published September 17, 2013

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6 big game safari parks in the US

6 big game safari parks in the US

See the Big Five without making the big trip.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Escondido, CA

Theme park meets safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where educational shows, safaris and activities await. The newest adventure, Flightline Safari, is a 470-foot zip line that soars 160 feet above rhinos and other animals. Wildly popular “Roar & Snore” sleepover safaris including guided hikes, campfires, and meals are scheduled throughout the year.

Lion Country Safari: West Palm Beach, FL

This pioneering drive-through safari in West Palm Beach has been entertaining generations of Floridians and vacationers since 1967. Amusement park rides, boat cruises, water play splash zones, mini-golf and camel rides are the newest additions to the 900-animal park. If you’re looking for a rustic place to stay, The Travel Channel named the adjacent KOA campground one of the top five places to pitch a tent (and not get eaten by lions).

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: Glenrose, TX

If hand-feeding a giraffe is on your bucket list, purchase a bag of animal feed and head out on the 9.5-mile scenic wildlife drive-through safari or take a guided tour. This non-profit conservation center, located an hour outside of Dallas, specializes in breeding programs for endangered animals. The center offers a variety of safaris, camps and even a nighttime murder mystery tour. Because, you never know, maybe the giraffe did it in the conservatory with the wrench.

The Wilds: Cumberland, OH

Ninety miles east of Columbus, this non-profit conservation park sits on 10,000 acres of reclaimed mine land. The Zipline Safari takes you soaring on ten zip lines above more than 350 animals, or you can giddy-up on a horseback safari. The park is open May-October; family and adult camps are offered during summer.

Safari West: Santa Rosa, CA

Who knew that you could find lions and tigers and wildebeests—oh my!—smack in the middle of California Wine Country? Just an hour from San Francisco, the 600-acre Safari West preserve is home to over 600 animals. Cruise through the “Sonoma Serengeti” in an open-air jeep with a coveted roof-top seat that thrills little adventurers, then stay the night glamping in a luxury tent with bunk beds for the kids and on-site wine tastings for the adults.

Wild Animal Safari: Pine Mountain, GA

At this drive-through safari a 90-minute drive from Atlanta, you can take a safari bus tour, rent a zebra van or drive your own vehicle through the 250-acre park with over 650 animals.

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