McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary

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McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary

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12943 N. 61st St.

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Tours, Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.4scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Featuring more than 170 animals, including lions, tigers, panthers and lemurs, McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal attraction for animal lovers. Unlike Lion Country Safari and the Palm Beach Zoo, McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary affords visitors an up close view of various animals, as well as interactive opportunities with many of the property's smaller species. In fact, travelers can hold everything from baby alligators to pythons during each tour.

Overall, past visitors appreciated McCarthy's mission to rehabilitate injured or abandoned wild animals. Not only are the grounds well-maintained, but the tour guides are also informative, polite and engaging, according to reviewers. Remember, though, to make arrangements for this attraction well in advance since appointments are required. Another note: Children younger than 5 are not permitted.

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 16 miles northwest of downtown West Palm Beach. To visit, travelers will need to book a tour, which are offered from Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Tours costs $35 per adult and $25 per child and last about two hours. Free parking and a gift shop are also available on site. Driving here is recommended due to the lack of public transportation in the area. For more information about tours and rehabilitation efforts, check out McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary's website.

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