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It may not be as big and fancy as other zoos, but you'll still see plenty at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society. Located within Dreher Park (about 4 miles southwest of downtown West Palm), the Palm Beach Zoo offers various animal exhibits, including multiple interactive experiences with koalas, sloths and tigers. Special kid and adult-centric events, such as a breakfast with the Easter bunny, a craft beer festival and a 5K tiger awareness run, are also hosted throughout the year.

To fully enjoy your time at this South Florida zoo, previous travelers recommend visiting during a weekday. Walkways are a bit tight throughout the attraction, so when the zoo fills up on the weekends, it can feel a bit cramped and difficult to get around. Another tip: Plan your visit on a cooler day when the animals are more likely to roam their exhibits instead of lounging in the shade. Also, make sure to explore the grounds, which feature a variety of plants and impressive replica Mayan ruins.

To visit the Palm Beach Zoo, visitors can drive or take the No. 45 Palm Tran bus, which drops visitors within feet of the zoo's entrance. Expect to pay between $14.50 and $19.50 to enter, depending on your age. (On select rainy days, half-price tickets are offered on the zoo's Facebook and Twitter pages.) Admission prices include free parking and access to all animal exhibits, an interactive water fountain, the zoo's Kid Zone, a gift shop and a cafe. Animal experiences – which are 15 to 45 minutes each – cost an additional $35 for smaller animals and $65 for tigers, black bears and jaguars. Strollers, double strollers and wheelchairs are also available to rent for $6 or $8. The zoo is open daily – excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas days – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information about property amenities, tickets and special events can be found on the Palm Beach Zoo's website.

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#1 McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary 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 ... Read more » McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary

#2 Clematis Street Frequently cited as the historic heart of downtown West Palm, Clematis Street epitomizes the fun-loving atmosphere of the city. Beginning at the street's intersection with Flagler Drive near the ... Read more » Jodi Jacobson / Getty Images

#3 Lion Country Safari Just 21 miles inland from downtown West Palm Beach sits Lion Country Safari, the first cageless drive-thru zoo in the country. Although it's a bit of a drive, it ... Read more » thelastminute / Flickr

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#5 Norton Museum of Art When businessman Ralph H. Norton retired from the steel industry, he created the Norton Museum of Art to hold his impressive art collection. Since its opening in 1941, the museum ... Read more » Courtesy of the Norton Museum of Art / The Norton Museum of Art

#6 Okeeheelee Park Located 7 miles southwest of the Palm Beach Zoo is Okeeheelee Park, where you'll find several miles of trails (on which you can walk, bike or run) across 90 ... Read more » Brandon Trentler / Flickr

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