The Aldabra Tortoise Experience At The Palm Beach Zoo #FamilyTravel


I recently shared how much my family enjoys going to our local zoo; Palm Beach Zoo. There is so much to do and see. From watching the animals in their exhibits, shows and weekly events.  Plus they offer animal experiences up close.  

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My family had an amazing time with the Aldabra Tortoise’s at the Aldabra Tortoise Experience.  We joined 3 Aldabra Tortoises in their exhibit!  This experience offered us the opportunity to get up close with one of the world’s largest tortoises.   My kids were given bamboo sticks with sweet potato slices on the end to feed the tortoises their breakfast.  They took turns feeding and petting them.

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The zoo keeper told the kids amazing facts such as what their diets consisted of, the differences between tortoises and turtles to their life span.  Plus she went over very important conservation messages about these gentle creatures.  Things such as throwing garbage away properly so they do not mistake it for food or cutting up plastic into small pieces so that tortoises do not it tangled up into it which could cause health issues or even death.  This was a perfect homeschool hands on lesson.  

 Palm Beach zoo tortoise collage

 After the feeding and petting the kids had the experience of giving the Aldabra Tortoise’s a bath! The tortoises loved the water sprayed over them.  I am not sure who enjoyed it more the tortoises or the kids! 

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My family had the best time. Definitely a time we will never forget. The Aldabra Tortoise Experience is geared for adults and children ages 5+.   This amazing experience is only $15 (per person) for members and $20 (per person) for non-members. Prices do not include zoo admission. 


The Palm Beach Zoo offers other animal experiences as well such as the Giant Anteater Experience,  Koala Experience,  Black Bear Experience, Sloth Experience and the Capybara Experience. 

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Standard admission for adults is $18.95, $16.95 for seniors and $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12.  I highly recommend purchasing the annual zoo pass, it definitely pays for itself! Annual membership prices are: individual seniors $75.00 which is for one senior (ages 60+) and one guest per visit,  individual plus $85.00 which is for one adult and one guest per visit and they even have one for families which is for a family or grandparent for $145 which includes two adults and all dependent children in the household under the age of 18.  This membership can also be purchased for grandparents (children need not live in the same household).


Have you been to the Palm Beach Zoo before? If so what was your favorite thing about it?   Follow The Palm Beach Zoo on Facebook and/or Twitter to stay up to date with new animal exhibits, events and more!   


Mama to 5 Blessings  wrote this post on the behalf of The Palm Beach Zoo.  Mama to 5 Blessings received a family annual pass in exchange for an honest an honest review. This is not a sponsored review and all views and opinions are of my own and were not influenced in any way.     


  1. OH MY look at the size of that guy!! This seems like a really fun place to visit. I would happily take my kids. I find turtles and tortoises to be super interesting.

  2. What a cool experience! My family and I love to visit zoos’s ans I am sure we would love this! It is unique and seems like such fun!

  3. That is so amazing that you could feed and water the tortoises! I really wish our zoo offered such a neat experience. If I make it to the Palm Beach Zoo, we are totally going to check this out.

  4. Wow what a great experience x

  5. What a fun experience. We love zoos and any animal related fun.

  6. We are actually going to be in the Palm Beach area in 2016. Our Grandkids will be visiting us while we are there. How fun to surprise them with a trip to the zoo.

  7. Oh goodness, that looks like so much fuN! My kids would have a blast being so close to the turtles and helping out with washing them. πŸ™‚

  8. This sounds like a fun experience! My kids and I would love to check this out if we ever get to the palm beach zoo!

  9. Robin Masshole mommy says:

    What a cool experience that was. My boys would absolutely love this.

  10. What a great experience! I’ve never visited that zoo. Apparently I need to!

  11. Wow. How incredible. That’s amazing, I love our local zoo but I’ve never seen a tortoise like this before. How awesome, what an experience!

  12. Danielle K says:

    This looks like such an awesome experience! We love turtles and tortoises in our house so I know my family would love to do this πŸ™‚

  13. I love the picture of the tortoise standing up. What a cool experience.

  14. I love zoos and love getting up front and personal with the animals–I’m still like a kid in that respect! If I ever go to Palm Beach I will be CERTAIN to go to this zoo!!

  15. Look at the size of those things! That would be amazing to see in person. I would love to go to this place and have a good time!

  16. What an amazing creature. They live so long. I wonder what year this one was born.

  17. OMG that is one big turtle. That must have been super cool to be that close to it.

  18. That’s a large Tortoise. Don’t they live for like 100 years? My son has a miniature turtle and loves taking care of him.

  19. Tortoises are such cool creatures. We went and saw one recently.

  20. Whata fantastic and cool experience! Feeding and bathing/ refreshing, really awesome

  21. Tortoises are one of my favorite animals! They are so majestic and have an air of all-knowing, wise ways! lol My kids would love to get up close and personal to animals like this! What a great outing!

  22. How fun. I love going to the zoo with my family!

  23. WOW. That thing us huge! What a cook experience.

  24. Thats a really huge tortoise!! I know they are harmless but I would be a little scared.

  25. Lovely Photos! They are so Big .. I would actually be afraid to do this. I’m afraid of anything bigger than a Fly

  26. Wow, that seems like a great experience for the kids! I remember when I was young many years ago, going to a zoo that had these awesome tortoises and we have great pictures from that trip too. It looks like your kids had a blast.

  27. That looks super fun. My kids would love to see the big tortoise in person.

  28. My boys would especially like giving the tortoise a bath. This all looks like a great adventure!

  29. I love the zoo! How neat that you guys got to interact with the tortoise!

  30. What a huge and cool tortoise!! Love that, it looks like tons of fun!

  31. Tonya C says:

    Wow! Those tortoises’ are HUGE! I didn’t realize how big they are. My daughter has loved turtles since she was little. She would absolutely love this place!

  32. This looks like a great place to visit. I know we would love this attractions. The tortoises are HUGE!

  33. We’ve seen tortoises in the zoo, but never been allowed to get that close! That would be a cool experience!

  34. That must have been so much fun. I have always been fascinated by tortoises!

  35. Wow, this is great! I have always found tortoises to be such fascinating creatures! Great pics!

  36. That looks like such a fun experience! I love that they got to use the hose!

  37. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I love going to the zoo. I have never been to the Palm Beach Zoo before. I love to go to the Toronto Zoo when i can.

  38. That is so awesome! We love the zoo, and I bet that was so fun to be able to feed and bathe the tortoise!

  39. What a fun tortoise experience! I love when we see them in Hawaii when we go snorkeling their size always amazes me!

  40. I hardly ever see them up on their feet so high like that. What a cool experience!

  41. LOVE your pictures and look at the size of that tortoise!

  42. Those are so neat. Makes me want to go to the zoo.

  43. We have an aquatic turtle right now. They are of course different than a tortoise but if it were possible for us to have an Aldabra, I’d be all over that! My absolute favorite! Such gentle giants!

  44. My kids loves visiting the local zoo frequently. The pictures you have shared are very cool & it sounds like you had a wonderful experience out there. Your kids are loving their time with those cute tortoises. I would love a family trip with my kids sooner!

  45. WOW, that’s a huge tortoise! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one standing that tall before! What a fun experience!!

  46. Very good write-up. I definitely appreciate this website.
    Keep it up!

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