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This northwest Tampa spot is more sanctuary than zoo; while here, you'll have the chance to learn all things concerning bobcats, tigers, cougars, lynx, snow leopards – even house cats. To give you a perspective on its size and scope, the complex sits on 67 acres, housing more than 100 animals from more than 14 different species. Recent visitors said this attraction definitely appeals to a niche audience, but those who love cats will be thrilled with what they learn from the friendly, passionate and informative guides. If you're hoping to spot the animals when they're most active, sign up for a feeding or night tour; the cats are usually resting during the day. Keeper tours get rave reviews from recent visitors, too.

Visiting can be pricey, however. Ticket cost depends on your tour type (there are day tours, night tours, kids tours and feeding tours, among others), but usually cost between $29 and $125 per person. You must book your tour online on the Big Cat Rescue website, or you can call to reserve your spot. Tour times and days vary, but detailed hours can be found on the sanctuary's website. The facility sits about 15 miles northwest of downtown Tampa.

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