A vThe zoos in the Perdido Key area offer plenty of fun activities for families.acation to Perdido Key, Florida, can be a romantic getaway for two or a family vacation packed with fun and games. If you're bringing the kids along on your upcoming trip, you might be looking for some family-friendly Gulf Shores area attractions.

The stunning white sand beaches that stretch in front of your Perdido Key beach rentals will certainly provide enough entertainment for a while, especially if your family loves to explore marine life. And when you are ready to temporarily leave the beach for another type of animal adventure, here are some of the best places to visit.

The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida

This nonprofit animal center located in Pensacola is sure to be fascinating for kids who love animals, but will be equally interesting for adults. The sanctuary cares for injured or orphaned wildlife that is indigenous to Florida, working with local, state and federal agencies to release the animals back into the wild if possible. The kids will love seeing critters like baby otters, bald eagles and foxes. Adults can also learn more about the sanctuary's mission and the species' role in the local ecosystems.

Gulf Breeze Zoo

The zoo is a can't-miss destination for families with animal lovers. Located in Gulf Breeze, about 40 minutes away from Perdido Key, this facility boasts 50 acres with nearly every species your youngster could dream of. Tigers, gorillas, snakes, hippopotamuses and bears all call this sanctuary home. Families can feed giraffes and spend time in the animal petting area, then head to the Australian Free-Flight Budgiery, where colorful parakeets fly free and perch on visitors as they feed them. The boardwalk also offers guests an opportunity to view the free-range preserve where rhinos, wildebeest and zebras roam.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

This Gulf Shores zoo may be located in Alabama, but it's just a 25 minute drive from Perdido Key. Here, children can play with baby tigers and lemurs, though the zoo recommends calling ahead to ensure staff and animals will be available for this activity. The zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so families can visit all the other animals, too.