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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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3755 NW US Highway 17-92, at I-4, Sanford, FL 32747
+1 407-323-4450
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Day out

Zoo was small but nice. Thought almost 20 dollars per person was expensive but they did offer... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wendy W
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Vineland
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Family wild art experience

We attended the family wild art where we painted (on a canvas) Ora, a real live macaw. It was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Debbie S
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Nestled in a protected natural wetland, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has animals from around the world including, rhinos, giraffes, leopards, monkeys, exotic birds, an Insect Zoo, and much more. Our Reptile House offers the southeast's largest collection of reptiles. We also offer live animal encounters, many educational opportunities and demonstrations, daily Keeper Chats and Shows, a Tropical Splash Playground, and the Little Florida Coastline Railroad and Animal Carousel. For a small fee, you can feed our giraffes, or go behind-the-scenes with our Indian rhinos! With something for everyone, the adventures are endless!
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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3755 NW US Highway 17-92, at I-4, Sanford, FL 32747
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+1 407-323-4450
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Zoo was small but nice. Thought almost 20 dollars per person was expensive but they did offer military discount.

Thank Wendy W
CentralFloridaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review! We are a small, not-for-profit Zoo. Cost of admission goes directly to caring for our animals and over 100 acres of property. We're glad you enjoyed your visit, and thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We attended the family wild art where we painted (on a canvas) Ora, a real live macaw. It was awesome. The staff were very helpful, patient, and energetic. The highlight was when the staff brought in several animals for us to observe and learn about.

Thank Debbie S
CentralFloridaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review! The Wild Zoo Art family event was actually a brand new event, so we are so glad to hear how much you enjoyed it! Thanks for the wonderful feedback.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had high hopes for this zoo. It looked nice on the ride in, the mini train was cute and (thankfully) they give a Florida resident discount. Small zoo. Not many animals to see. Several areas closed. Clearly a low budget zoo. Smaller children will...More

Thank FamilyManMd
CentralFloridaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for leaving your feedback. We are a nonprofit Zoo, so the cost of admission goes directly to caring for our animals and over 100 acres of property. We do not offer a Florida resident discount, but rather we collect information on...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a great place for kids. Although very small for a zoo, it offers a waterpark, the ziplines, train ride and merry-go-round. Located in a natural setting with free parking.

Thank Sol I
CentralFloridaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and feedback. We're glad you enjoyed what we have to offer as a nonprofit community Zoo!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The weather was beautiful so we wanted to do something outdoors, decided to check out this zoo since we were in the area. A few positives about the zoo, the staff are friendly, you can get close to the animals, and there were no crowds...More

Thank Lauren J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I left feeling discouraged and an inconvenience to the staff. We brought my 85 year old grandmother for an outing and when we got thirsty we couldn’t find a soda machine that worked or wasn’t sold out. No concessions stands to be found. Some exhibits...More

Thank Tammy M
Reviewed 19 October 2017

First off I want to say I got married at this zoo ten 1/2 years ago and the place was wonderful! Now onto my birthday party experience for my 6 year old daughter. The prices for the birthday parties are ridiculous because instead of just...More

Thank elizabeth12285
Reviewed 14 October 2017

We went here today and sorry we three adults were not impressed at all the animals did not have enough room in our opinion, and to see some all on their own in a compound quite sad all creatures need company, we wasn't told the...More

Thank Linda T
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Great place for a family day out, many interesting exhibits, also water park and zip line......I have a family pass, but I think I will go again when the weather cools down.......

Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed 6 October 2017

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to visit with your (grand) children or without them. The zoo is built upon wet lands, requiring almost all of the trails to be on board walks or paved areas which have been elevated....More

Thank AlanHoffberg
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Ice T
9 June 2017|
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Response from RussellGY | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are shade spots, and picnic areas. the zoo is small, compared to others we have been to, but it's a nice zoo. A birthday party would be nice, but bear in mind that it is Hot here in Florida during August, so bring... More
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stonewhat
27 December 2016|
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Response from CentralFloridaZoo | Property representative |
Thank you for the question! Our Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The AZA is a nonprofit accreditation organization, and there are only a little over 200 zoos that are AZA accredited. This accreditation... More
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mauralecroy
22 April 2016|
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Response from CentralFlaZoo | Property representative |
Yes, we do. They are owned and operated by a private vendor on Saturdays and Sunday's only. The price is $6 for 5 minutes. It is located off the main sidewalk right before entering the main part of the Zoo. You can't miss... More
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