It's an incredible experience. Single Vision is a small facility with 4 full-grown tigers and a lioness; 2 tiger cubs; a lion cub; 3 panthers; a black leopard; 2 bobcats; and some lemurs, Prevost squirrels, kinkajous, alligators, and other animals.
On the regular tour (about $10 per person), the owner (Carl) went into each big-cat enclosure and interacted with the cats while explaining things about them.
It was amazing to see the warmth and affection that those cats have for Carl (including the 600-lb tiger) . During the tour, I got to feed grapes to lemurs and Prevost squirrels. I've had 3 regular tours (about 20-30 minutes each).
I had two cub-interaction sessions ($150 for up to 4 people, available while cubs are small enough for human interaction).
My first cub-interaction was in July 2013. I was alone and spent a half hour interacting with two tiger cubs and one lion cub. (See photos.) It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
My second cub-interaction was in August 2013. I was with my friend, her two children, and their grandmother. We interacted only with the smaller tiger cub. (See photo.) The kids loved it.
Melrose is about 25 minutes from Gainesville and Palatka. It's about an hour from St. Augustine and a bit over an hour from Jacksonville. Single Vision is definitely worth the drive from those other cities, and you could have lunch or dinner afterward at a Melrose restaurant like Blue Water Bay (I did).
GET DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM SINGLE VISION, because GPS and mapquest will get you lost (apparently those methods haven’t fully integrated rural areas).
Two links follow (the Facebook page has more updated photos than the website):
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