Dade City Wild Things attraction delivers old Florida, value, paws and more

While on assignment, Bill Serne, photographer, gets to be on the other side of the camera while helping to feed a tiger cub at Dade City Wild Things.

While on assignment, Bill Serne, photographer, gets to be on the other side of the camera while helping to feed a tiger cub at Dade City Wild Things.

DADE CITY — Wild animals are right at the top of what I like to photograph. But, this attraction was different.

While on assignment for VisitFlorida at Dade City Wild Things, I got a taste of old Florida.

This attraction cannot compete with the size and amenities of Disney or Busch Gardens. It doesn’t have to. The charm of Wild Things is it’s small, it is a very clean and friendly place, and it’s affordable.

The biggest bonus is, there is interaction with the animals and the folks who work there.

I went thinking I would stay a short time, but I ended up spending two different days there. One day was for scouting and getting info from the locals and during the second day, I did all my photographing. It was one of those assignments that the “go early and stay late” words of a former editor rang true. This advice helped me make the images I submitted to the VisitFlorida website.

To view some of the images from the shoot, visit my tourism photo gallery.

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