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.
- Tour Time is noon on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Geared toward children under 10 years old.
- Privately guided small tour groups of 20 or less.
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!
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|Beaubien||Sat, Jun 27 12:00 PM||Male||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
Travelled distance to attend BCR and made the expience much easier upon arrival
Would recomend this method
Nice Tour that Buys the Cats Breakfast
|jsasse||Sat, Jun 27 12:00 PM||Male||30-39||Local||Family With Children|
The Kids Tour has always been a nice way to get a introduction to many of the cats at Big Cat Rescue while remaining family friendly and not going into detail on what some of the cats had to go through before being rescued. All the money from the tickets goes to food and care for the cats so for those that might think it a little pricey, consider it a donation. I personally think it is good value, especially if you compare to other Tampa Bay attractions that have raised prices drastically over the years. The experience at Big Cat Rescue is something you simply can't get elsewhere. Every tour is different (cats are cats!), and for those that want to see the cats at their most active I suggest to try to visit during the cooler times of year if possible.
Disappointed with Visit
|Tonyatlc||Sat, Jun 27 12:00 PM||Female||40-49||Local||Family With Children|
Although I understand and respect what this organization is doing and appreciate the cause, I was highly disappointed with the tour. Unfortunately, we may have seen only 6-8 cats on the tour (most of them were smaller cats).
Also, our tour guide spoke broken English and our tour happened to be the first she had guided and I was not impressed. Despite her effort, it was very uninformative.
As a cat lover myself, from what I could see, BCR is trying to the best they can in taking care of the cats they have. I believe the admission to the rescue is too much for what you experience during the tour and should be lowered. I will probably not return.
|arndtvickers||Sat, Jun 13 12:00 PM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
Kudos to Big Cat Rescue for making such an enjoyable visit. Tour guide was great with the kids, very knowledgable about Big Cat Rescue, the cats that live there, and cats in general. Even though it was a very hot day (90's), we still saw some amazing animals. I could not fault any cat that wanted to stay in their a/c dens. I can't wait until my little one is old enough for the other tours! We will be back for sure. Had no trouble spending money in the gift shop knowing all the profits were going to the cats.
|Isaebi||Sun, May 3 12:00 PM||Male||50-59||International Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
Unfortunately this Tour takes place around noon and all the big cats were sleeping. The zoological and the historical as well as the emotional background of the cats was given to poorly by the guide, although they did a good job with the little children.
|mikelarri||Sun, Apr 19 12:00 PM||Male||50-59||Local||Family With Children|
Great exhibition, very educational. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
|Moosh98||Sat, Apr 18 12:00 PM||Female||60-69||Combination||Family With Children|
We had 5 adults and a 6 year old. Everyone loved it. I would like to go back and take the helper or feeding tour in the future. Our guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the rescues purpose.
Great tour but not for little kids
|ebasanes||Sat, Apr 11 12:00 PM||Male||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
I visited the Big Cat Rescue with my family of 4 children (ages 3, 6,8, 11) as part of the Kids Tour on Saturday's. My oldest really enjoyed it. He loves animals and doesn't get this type of access to these types of cats at your typical zoo. You are literally feet away from them! My youngest 3 children didn't fare as well. They were pretty bored by about the half way point. The challenge is that probably half (or more) of the animals are asleep or tucked away out of view. This center is really geared toward ages 10 and up who can have a greater appreciation for what they are seeing and what the organization is all about.
Our tour guides were fantastic. They were very passionate and knowledgeable about the animals.
Almost all cats were sleeping
|Sweetindy||Sun, Apr 5 12:00 PM||Female||Unspecified||Combination||Family With Children|
The area is lovely. The people were very nice & accommodating. The gift shop has some very nice items.
But it wasn't exciting because the cats were almost all sleeping. Some were tucked away so we couldn't see them.
We had children under 10, so I understand the timing for them to keep everyone calm. But perhaps people should be aware of the time the the cats are sleeping so they can choose to bring little ones of not.
I fully support what you are doing, taking care of the animals. I also think strollers should be allowed. It's very difficult on the parents, having to carry the children. Thanks
A change from busy theme parks!
|harrytoby||Sat, Apr 4 12:00 PM||Female||40-49||International Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
We booked this tour before we went on holday as my eldest is fascinated by big cats. It was very interesting although we didnt get great sightings of the cats due to the heat. I am not sure what makes this kids tour different to any of the other tours and given the sheduled time of the kids tour it is likely to be hot and therefore you are less likey to get to see many of the cats. Having said that my son though it was great, the cost of the tour contributes to the welfare of the cats and it was a perfect antidote to busy theme parks. Recommend for big cat lovers.
- 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 https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/30112/respond to view the agreement in its entirety.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 https://www.votervoice.net/BCR/campaigns/30112/respond. 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 www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
Big Cat Rescue
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, a 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