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Dade City's WIld Things

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36909 Blanton Rd, Dade City, FL 33523-2204
+1 352-567-9453
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DCWT should not even be considered a "Zoo". They breed Tigers so the tourists can swim and play... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Waterskibumfl
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Tampa, Florida
VERY unprofessional

The people there are very unprofessional. It's a waste of time and money. It's not what you think... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joseph J
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Dade City's WIld Things is a zoo and natural botanical gardens. Visit our Dade City Gift Shop, featuring a zoo animal theme, While waiting for Tram ride to experience a once in a lifetime guided tour of over 150 animal exhibits. Hours of Operation: Tues - Sat. Gift Shop & Ticket Sales: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Offers 'Jungle Safari ride @ 1:30 PM & 3:00 PM (gates open 30 minutes before each tour) Visit our website for more info.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible11%
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“baby tiger” (40 reviews)
“walking tour” (33 reviews)
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Hours Today: 13:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
36909 Blanton Rd, Dade City, FL 33523-2204
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+1 352-567-9453
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"baby tiger"
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"animal encounters"
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"walking tour"
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"tiger encounter"
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"gift shop"
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"big cats"
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"picture package"
in 7 reviews
"mixed reviews"
in 6 reviews
"well taken care"
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"once in a lifetime"
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"bad reviews"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful animals"
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"lifelong dream"
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"their website"
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"answer any questions"
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"love animals"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

DCWT should not even be considered a "Zoo". They breed Tigers so the tourists can swim and play with them, then when the Tigers get too big they are forced to spend the rest of their lives in cages, or even worse, sold off to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The people there are very unprofessional. It's a waste of time and money. It's not what you think. They are a bunch of Thieves you want your money. You go there expecting a lot more and leave very disappointed

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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

I went with my 2 kids 11,9 and my 15 year old niece. It was 20 for the train ride throughout the park which took about an hour even though the place is very small. That was very nice. The place is a bit thrown...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

I only wish I had read Magistrate Judge Amanda Sandone ruling. She said they should never be allowed to have tigers again. Her ruling confirmed that Wild Things owners violated a court order by transporting 19 tigers to Oklahoma to avoid a site inspection by...More

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414sahtys414, Manager at Dade City's WIld Things, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2018

#Fakenews - as we currently have tiger cubs and PETA an American Terrorist Organization likes to control the media a narrative etc. There is no ruling and we have tigers and the Oklahoma facility is being investigated not us for the transport as he did...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Have not been inside the compound. According to the website they open at 2 on Sundays. got to the gate, woman on speaker was very rude, and hung up on us after telling us to come back. Bad vibes from this place. We were really...More

7  Thank AjetsetUSA
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Different setup to schedule appointment. Every visit has to be booked. We felt a little strange going into the place. They were very paranoid the whole time we would take a photo or video. Or if PETA was going to raid them. But overall we...More

1  Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

overall, this was a once in a lifetime experience. the tiger we played with was energetic and not forced to play with us. when he was tired, the staff member brought him back inside for a little while. the staff was less good, they were...More

4  Thank imposterhuman
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best little zoo's in Florida. I'm in love with the old "mom and pop" style zoo's. A more hands on approach. A living and caring staff, who genuinely care about the animals, there needs, and visitors questions! I would highly...More

1  Thank Olivia R
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

I wasn't sure what I'd find since I'd read a lot of mixed reviews but I thought I'd see for myself. We were on vacation and thought it might be a good way to spend a day. Everyone was so knowledgeable and great with answering...More

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Reviewed 23 November 2017

We had a great time. I heard a lot of mixed reviews, so I'm glad we went and saw it for ourselves to be the judge. My husband and I have visited zoos and sanctuaries all around the world, and this one was just fine!...More

1  Thank Andrea W
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Green20156
4 January 2018|
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Response from 414sahtys414 | Property representative |
Taxi is the only way I am aware of or Uber also is used
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Green20156
3 January 2018|
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Response from SnD_BT | Reviewed this property |
I don't work for them so I do not have the answer, but you should search 'dade city wild things abuse' for recent articles. They have been in a considerable amount of trouble. They should be closed down by now, but if not... More
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Sue K
5 October 2016|
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Response from Mymzee | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I am sad to say that I just finished seeing a video on how they obtain their baby tigers.. They take them from their moms and force them to swim and interact with people during these "experiences". I am very... More
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