Some of my favorite childhood memories involve visiting the zoo and gazing in awe at the variety of animals I wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see. The Orlando area is home to many zoos and attractions that offer opportunities to get up close and personal with native and exotic animals, reptiles, and more. Here then are the top places to see animals, outside of theme parks, within an hour's drive of Orlando.
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