Wild Florida, the “natural attraction” south of St. Cloud, has announced it will will suspend all airboat tours, animal encounters and admission to its Gator Park starting Monday to try and help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
However, it’s Drive-thru Safari Park, which opened just before Christmas to rave reviews, will remain open during normal business hours, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hello, explorers. In the interest of public safety and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we will temporarily suspend all airboat tours and close our Gator Park. However, our Drive-thru Safari Park will remain open as it practices social distancing. #WildFlorida pic.twitter.com/QOaAJHFuPk
— Wild Florida (@WildFlorida) March 21, 2020
The drive-thru safari allows families to experience the 100 or so exotic and native animals scattered about the 85 acres from the comfort of their own vehicle, which takes care of social distancing concerns. And the animals along the two-mile loop — brahman, cracker and longhorn cattle, gators, crocodiles, goats, zebra, oryx, watusi, zebu, water buffalo who roam and a pair of giraffes — aren’t concerned with any stinkin’ virus and are liable to stroll right up to your car (but, as always, please don’t feed them).
The animals will be your only company, and if you order your tickets online, you won’t have to come in contact with anyone but your family. Keep in mind their are discounts for Florida residents when purchasing ticxkets.
If you had future excursions booked with Wild Florida, the reservation team will reach out to reschedule tours once conditions improves and the rest of the park can re-open. Contact Wild Florida at firstname.lastname@example.org.