Those who throw objects at the ALLIGATORS will be asked to RETRIEVE THEM – Yes, that’s a real sign… in the Lancaster PA Area you can see for yourself!

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Where can you comfortably pet an alligator?

How about a boa constrictor?

A baby kangaroo?

Come nose-to nose with an upside down sloth?

The very same place you will find the above sign, and no it’s not Florida, although we found a great one there too:

(You can read all about that trip HERE, but I digress.)

Are you heading to the Lancaster, PA area for a family vacation?  How about a Bein Hazmanim day-trip?

Check out the world’s most unique zoo – if you can even call it that –

Lake Tobias Wildlife Park


Since 1965 Lake Tobias Wildlife Park has been fascinating patrons with its wild, exotic animals and adventure-seeking safari tours.

The late J.R. Tobias founded the park on the same property where he was born and raised. He and his wife, Pauline, reared their seven children here before his passing in 1996. Mrs. Tobias still resides in the farm house which also serves as the park’s business office.


J.R always had a fascination with animals, especially unusual and exotic ones.


 J.R. once commented that his desire to open a wildlife park was actually “just a hobby to fall back on in my retirement”.


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He also had the unique idea of touring the herds in their natural habitat by transforming school buses into safari cruisers…


What’s a safari cruiser, you ask? Glad you asked.

Take a full size school bus, slice it in half lengthwise and cover any sharp edges with a piece of corrugated pipe. Voila – a five-star, Lake Tobias Special Safari Cruiser!

Seriously though, this part of the zoo is so much fun- you absolutely don’t want to miss it!


Just watch out for the large horns when the animals swing their heads around – seriously!


If your bus driver is fun…


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…he may just share his lunch with a moose!


Jealous? You can too,

(but might we suggest using your hands?)


Herds of literally hundreds of animals surround you over acres and acres of land, and it is an awesome experience to have!


So what do they do when all of the animals shed their horns and antlers each season?


Why decorate the worlds most unique entrance gate, of course.

Although here, it seems to just fit right in with the rest of the place.


Zoo Entrance Rates:

  • $7.00 – all ages 3 years and older
  • Children 2 years and younger are free.

All persons entering the Park must pay Park Admission

(Includes Zoo Exhibits, Reptiles & Exotics Facility. and Petting Zoo)



  • $6.00 – all ages 3 years and older
  • Children 2 years and younger are free.

Park Website for info:


And what else is there to do in Lancaster?

What about Minyan, Kosher Food and more?

Find it all here!

Don’t forget to check out these great Vacation Planning articles as well:

Vacation Planning 101: Food, Food, Food! Effective Meal Planning for a Kosher Family Vacation – A Guide by Naomi Rowner

FAMILY VACATION PLANNING 101 – When your Family Outgrows a Hotel Room – Rent a WHOLE HOUSE Cheaper!

And finally, beat the coming rain with some great indoor places this afternoon with this great article:

Hey, Lakewood – Pouring Outside? 17 Bein Hazmanim Rainy-Day Trip Ideas – All Under 50 Miles from Lakewood!



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