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10 best safari parks in America

You don't have to fly to Africa to go on safari! At these 10 safari and wildlife parks, voted by our readers as the best in the U.S., visitors get up close and personal with exotic and endangered animals.

10. Lion Country Safari

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Palm Beach is home to Florida’s first drive-through safari. Guests might spot ostrich, wildebeest and impala, observe a pride of lions, or see giraffes and endangered rhinos.

9. Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Situated just outside San Antonio, visitors navigate by car through 450 acres of green hills, creek beds and live oak trees – home to more than 500 animals.

8. The Wilds

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A branch of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Wilds helps visitors gain a fresh perspective on endangered species through a series of immersive experiences within the 10,000-acre park.

7. Virginia Safari Park

The first drive-through safari experience in Virginia includes 180 acres in Natural Bridge, where guests can watch free-roaming animals as they drive along a 3-mile gravel road.

6. Safari West

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In the heart of California’s wine country, Safari West welcomes guests to the “Sonoma Serengeti,” where a 3-hour riding and walking adventure takes them through the 400-acre preserve.

5. Wildlife Safari

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This Oregon wildlife park is home to some 500 animals, many visible along the park’s drive-through safari route or the walk-through Safari Village.

4. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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More than 300 species call this park home. A tram transports guests through the 1,800 African-themed acres, and regularly scheduled Animal Encounters offer a more intimate animal experience.

3. Bearizona Wildlife Park

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This park is situated on 160 acres near the town of Williams, Arizona. Visitors drive through more than three miles of Ponderosa pine forest on a safari to see animals in naturalistic habitats.

2. Wildlife Safari Park

Visitors drive along a 4-mile route through habitats populated by native North American plant and animal species — American elk, bison, waterfowl, raptors and white-tailed deer.

1. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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Situated in the hill country of North Texas just south of Fort Worth, this center gives visitors the chance to learn about a host of animals and view them in spacious habitats.

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