About this Business
- HoursSun-Sat10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
From Our Editors
When a severe freeze struck Katherine and James Oleson's orange groves in the 1960s, it killed many of their plants. They found themselves with a lot of land and a business in need of saving, so they decided to try a few new things. They collected Floridian paraphernalia, made a show of their orange-picking operation, and even started a zoo. Today, their habitats hold monkeys, parrots, alligators, and even an African tortoise, comfortably ensconced in the middle of the revivified orange groves. Visitors can visit the Dinosaur Cave, check out the animals, or watch as fruit is picked, washed, polished, and sorted using half-century-old techniques.They can stop by the old fashioned tourist shop and pick up some Old Florida-style souvenirs, find ice cream and classic sodas, or even take a picture next to a 3,000-pound great white shark that's been stuffed, so its not at all hungry.