Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue

Zerve Seller: BigCatRescue
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  • Check out the most exclusive behind-the-scenes experience in the animal world that is respectful to the animals & safe for the guests!

  • Dinner at Big Cat Rescue is a bone crunching wild time you will never forget! Watch big cat keepers feed tigers, leopards & more!

  • A walking tour after dark... come experience the big cats at night! An experience to remember - an adrenaline rush to turn the tables!

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4.7 out of 5


Enjoy the Kids Tour at Big Cat Rescue!

If you want to bring children under the age of ten, this is the only tour available for your group. This is a complete guided tour where children of all ages and their parents can get up-close and learn about exotic cats and other animals.
  • Children under the age of 10 cost $19 each
  • Tour Time is noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Geared toward children under 10 years old.
  • Privately guided small tour groups of 20 or less.
Tour is one hour long & children are expected to behave because this is a working sanctuary and the animals come first. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian and must behave respectfully toward the animals and others in the group. This is not a zoo where children will be allowed to scream and run wild, but a sanctuary where the animal’s needs always come first.

You are welcome to take photos and video on the tour,but leave the tripods at home, or schedule a photo tour. We ask everyone on the tour to stay together, no smoking, no cell phones and respect the tour guides warnings so that you have the best possible experience. 

Paths are frequently muddy so closed toed, old, comfortable shoes are recommended. You may bring your own cold drinks or buy ours but either way, be prepared for the heat.

“It’s one thing to go to Busch Gardens, it’s another to stand three feet from a tiger!” says one Kids Tour participant. Come with the whole family and visit Big Cat Rescue today to see your favorite felines in action!

What Is Not Included?

No strollers are available and our paths are earthen.

Meeting Location

Big Cat Rescue in Citrus Park (NW Tampa) (Tampa, FL) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
189 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Last 3 months 39 94 0 = 94 100% 4.7
Last 6 months 67 160 0 = 160 100% 4.7
Last 12 months 97 236 1 = 235 99% 4.7
All 189 442 7 = 435 96% 4.6
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Rating: 5
First full kids tour
Sun, May 22  12:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
Last time we did a kids tour we were rained out so it was a pleasant surprise to see how long they are! I have donated art in the past for fund raising and have had a private tour with Jeff so I presumed we wouldn't cover as much ground but we sure came close! Both staff members were great and if one lacked knowledge (I think she was pretty new) the other was a fountain of good info. =)
Rating: 4
Self Proclaimed Cat Lover
Sat, May 21  12:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We recently visited on the kids tour. We were promptly greeted at the entrance and given wrist band, told to park and head inside to check in. Once inside we were not immediately greeted by anyone. Shortly before our tour was scheduled to begin an employee by the name of Julia rudely asked me where my wrist band was and informed me I wouldn't be permitted to go in the tour without my wrist band. I quickly responded that I was unaware as no one had greeted us or explained what we were to do next. We each placed our bands our selves and we're asked to sit outside on the porch. There were a few more people to join the group. Outside I witnessed Julia once again be rude to yet another party so I was slightly comforted in knowing that it wasn't just me. We watched a short video on the do's and don'ts and we were off. Our guide's name was Claudia. She very pleasant and professional and took the time to ask the children questions about the animals as well answer any of ours. Overall we had a positive experience and learned a lot. I wish some of the enclosures were larger for some of the cats but that's just a personal observation. I've seen other places where the cats looked distressed. Not once while here did I see of feel they were. The overall feeling was the staff really do have the cats best interest in mind. I would like to come back at another time and participate in some of the other tour options.
Rating: 5
Always a good time
Sat, May 21  12:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We love coming to the Big Cat Rescue. This was my 4 year old sons first time and he loved it. I also love how all the proceeds go back to the cats. Admission is a little pricey when you have a family go but it is well worth it.
Rating: 4
Sun, May 15  12:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
Rating: 5
great war up call
Sat, May 14  12:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Being there was like a wake up call to me, to understand how bad we human beings are doing in a planet that does not belong exclusively to us, and to see what we have done to other creatures. It was great to understand Big cat rescue as a "retirement home" for these animals that were kidnapped from their habitats and now get a deserved end of life. Sad but true. Recomforts to know what so many people do for them.
Rating: 5
Great tour
Sun, May 8  12:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
I had A Great time taking my daughter to see the big cats, I just wish they were more active next time I visit but other then that I LOVED IT.
Rating: 3
A true sanctuary for the cats.
Sat, May 7  12:00 PM Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
I'm giving Bug Cat Rescue what I feel is a realistic review. It is a wonderful sanctuary for the cats in need of shelter. The facility is run in an extremely professionally manner and everything is spotless. The staff were all very friendly and informative about the cats. However, there is virtually no interaction with the cats. They are all behind not one but two fences. There is no touching of any sort. No close up photo opportunities. This is all done to not stress the cats. I understand that but it makes for a pretty boring experience. The prices are very high considering that it's just a walking tour looking at the cats from a distance. You must consider going there a donation to care for the cats.
Rating: 5
Kids Tour is great
Sun, May 1  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
This is a guided tour about an hour or so long, with guides telling some of the cats' stories. You never know which cats will be out and it was nice to see one of the tigers being given his treat.
Rating: 5
Girl Scout Field Trip
Sat, Apr 30  12:00 PM Female 40-49 Local Other
I took my girl scout troop to Big Cat Rescue as their final requirement for their Animal Habitat badge. We took the kids tour and the guides were very friendly and informative. They answered questions from all the girls and parents too! The girls were surprised to find that most of the animals came from homes and basements. I was glad to hear that most of the money that comes in goes straight to helping the cats. It truly is a gem in the middle of our great city.
Rating: 5
People need to know
Sat, Apr 30  12:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Every Wild Big, medium or small cat, except a house cat, is a wild animal. Very very few people know what to expect if they get one. This park shows you when humans try to buy them and, most all of them fail, and they end up here or another rescue place. Great place to see Big cats up close and to learn not to buy them and bring them home...
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is required, and tours do sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day that you prefer, please book well in advance! Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.
Is there an age limit?
Children of all ages are welcome to attend. Ticket prices are 19.00 for children under the age of 10 and 36.00 for ages 10 and over. Children of all ages must pay for a ticket.
Do you have strollers?
We do not provide strollers and our paths are earthen, so they can be very difficult to push unless they are made for rough terrain.
Can I bring food or toys for the cats?
No, our diet is specific to their needs and we do not allow foods to be given to the cats that have not been approved by our vet and maintained under the most stringent quality controls. We do not give our cats toys that could cause harm if ingested so we do not permit toys from outside our own preselected vendors.
Can I take pictures during my tour?
YES! You are welcome to take photos and / or videos during your tour.
Do I have to stay with the group, or can I wander?
The only way to see the cats is on a guided tour, so you will not be able to wander away from the group.
Are there restrooms?
Yes, but we strongly suggest that you go before you get here because we have limited facilities and are on septic systems which cannot handle a lot of volume if there has been recent rain. There is a McDonald's right at the corner of Easy Street.
What if it rains?
The tour will still go out in a light rain as long as there is no lightning. If it is thundering or pouring rain, we may try to wait it out, or will offer a refund, or rescheduling.
Can I bring my pet?
Is there a charge for parking?
Parking is always free and there is plenty of it except for our busiest times in Nov, Dec and March. During these busy times it is tight, but we will help you park at no additional fee.
Are you ADA compliant?
If you are unable to walk for two hours, we have golf carts available for $10 extra, per person riding. Our paths are dirt, so wheel chairs are hard to push, but scooters do well. There are no seats along the tour paths.
How do the golf carts work? Are they offered on every tour?
On some tours (but not all), we offer seats on a golf cart for guests who have difficulty with mobility. Each cart can hold 3 guests plus the driver. The cart will follow the tour guide closely so that guests can hear the narration. Depending on different circumstances, these seats can sometimes be booked in advance, but otherwise they are first come-first serve.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
What does the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement state?
The Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement states that all buyers understand and agree to 1.) the potential dangers associated with attending Big Cat Rescue and the rules in place to prevent such dangers from occurring and 2.) the Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, which states that Big Cat Rescue cannot be held responsible for any harm, injury or damage taking place at Big Cat Rescue. Please visit to view the agreement in its entirety.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, can be rescheduled with 24 hours notice.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded. You may reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) only if you do so at least 24 hours in advance.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

Pets are not allowed at Big Cat Rescue.
If you are traveling with pets, including dogs, you cannot bring them onto the property, which includes the parking lot.
There is no smoking allowed at Big Cat Rescue.
We do not allow smoking at Big Cat Rescue, except in the parking lot.
All participants must agree to the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement.
By purchasing tickets you are agreeing to the Big Cat Rescue Release and Hold Harmless Agreement, which appears in its entirety at The waiver web address also appears on your e-ticket if you would like to review the waiver later.
If you purchased a donation Extra, please take note of the following:
Big Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEID 59-3330495. Note that we do not utilize professional solicitors, so 100% of your donation goes to Big Cat Rescue and supporting the cats and stopping the abuse. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR BIG CAT RESCUE, A FL-BASED NONPROFIT CORPORATION (REGISTRATION NO. CH 11409), MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR BY VISITING REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. We are home to about 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Our dual mission is to provide the best home we can for the cats in our care and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction.

Big Cat Rescue has a dozen species of cats, many of whom are threatened, endangered or extinct now in the wild, including: Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynx, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, Geoffroy Cat and exotic cat hybrids!

The non-profit organization is:
  • Accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries
  • Certified by Independent Charities of America as a “Best in America Charity
  • Member of the World Society for Protection of Animals
  • Rated 4 Stars by Charity Navigator (their highest rating) and has the one of the highest scores of any animal based charity
The sanctuary is sithuated on 70 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.
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