For centuries, the only way to see a polar bear and a giraffe on the same day was to ride a saddled giraffe all the way to the Arctic Circle. Witness climatological opposites coexist with today's Groupon: for $14, you get two drive-thru safari tickets (up to an $18 value) and three buckets of feed (a $10 value) at Circle G Ranch in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee (up to a $28 value).
Circle G Ranch's environmentally minded staff conserves a USDA-licensed, 105-acre ranch at the foot of the Smoky Mountains over which 500 indigenous and exotic animals saunter as guests gawk from slow-moving cars. Founder Matt Michel admits vehicles to peruse his drive-thru zoo, brimming with roaming zebras, ostriches, buffalo, and grazing zoologists. Guests can supply handfuls of feed to the mouths of wild turkeys and llamas through car windows along a 3-mile trail, or nuzzle a rotating cast of mammals up close in Circle G's petting zoo. For an additional fee, Groupon customers can upgrade to a truck safari tour, during which, guests perch in the open bed of a vintage military truck. A portion of every purchase goes to animal feed and medical care, as well as education and conservation efforts to ensure animals' habitats are as permanent as craters inflicted during interplanetary spitball fights. Circle G Ranch is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last park entry at 4 p.m.
Circle G Ranch
Sprawling across 160+ acres of verdant grounds, Circle G Ranch curates a herd of more than 700+ exotic animals, allowing visitors to cruise down a 3-mile path to get close to the curious creatures. Zebras, emus, deer, and alpaca trot up to vehicles for handfuls of delicious feed, and guided safari-truck and camelback tours impart nuggets of information on the park's wildlife. After treks, visitor head to the petting zoo to visit a rotating gang of cuddly animals, such as baby lambs, goats, and parrots, along with an African crested porcupine and a family of sulcata tortoises.