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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Address: 3755 NW US Highway 17-92, at I-4 (Exit 104), Sanford, FL 32747
Phone Number: +1 407-323-4450
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Nestled in lush tropical foliage, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical...
Nestled in lush tropical foliage, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens boasts over 400 animals, 23 acres of native gardens, an Insect Zoo and Reptile House, live animal encounters, many educational opportunities and demonstrations, Tropical Splash Playground, and the Little Florida Coastline Railroad and Animal Carousel. For a small fee, you can feed Rafiki and Emba our giraffes or go behind-the-scenes with PJ and Jahi our Indian rhinos! With something for everyone, the adventures are endless!
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Great zoo for toddlers

Reasonable entrance fees with AAA and senior discounts. Children under 2 free. You have to pay extra for small Carousal and train ride. It has a playground in the center of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Reasonable entrance fees with AAA and senior discounts. Children under 2 free. You have to pay extra for small Carousal and train ride. It has a playground in the center of the zoo; also a little splash water park but sprayers were too powerful for a two year old. Butterflies thrive in gardens and captured our toddler's attention. The stroll... More 

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Mainzer
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

WE took friends here to see the gators, and the tropical plants. We walked at out pace, looked in all the exhibits and animals. We spent about 2 hours here and had a nice time. It is a little off the beaten path but a great way to relax and enjoy the animals. It is worth you time and a... More 

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OSKALOOSA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

my family had some extra time to waste before a flight out of the Sanford Orlando Airport. we decided to go to the zoo. we were very disappointed. we really wanted to feed the giraffes. we were at the giraffe area at the time they told us to be there. The zookeepers fed the giraffes without even asking us if... More 

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CentralFlaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We value all feedback. We're sorry you didn't enjoy the Zoo. We strive to make all our guests happy. We're not sure when your visit was. The giraffe feedings are offered 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There was a two week period when we shut down the feedings because we... More 

Sorrento
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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Go to the Zoo! You won't be disappointed! You can feed the giraffes! The rhinos are really cool! The kids will love the splash park!

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CentralFlaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Five stars!! We are honored. So glad you enjoyed the Zoo! We're proud of our little Zoo. More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My wife and I have been to a lot of Zoos in the country and this Zoo is wonderfully run with a large and diverse collection of animals. We love visiting for the animals or some of their events such as Brews around the Zoo! I also recommend trying out their Zoom Air course as it was a lot of... More 

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CentralFlaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for plugging the Zoo. We love it. Hope to see you again soon. More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Small...few animals..nice to visit but not a main attraction. Leveled ziplines..and neat bubbles for the younger kids to play in

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CentralFlaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We love when our locals come to visit. More 

Eustis, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Not only are there lots of great animals but there is also a splash pad and a playground. If you want food from the zoo it's decent but there are loads of picnic tables outside the ticketing area and you can eat lunch outside the zoo and come back in.

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CentralFlaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, and the stars! Hope to see you again soon. More 

Cheshire, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We visited here with our two children aged 2 and 3 and they loved it. We went on the train and the carousel before going into the main zoo which were both a big hit with them. There was plenty of shade when walking around, nice areas to sit and eat and the splash pad was great to use in... More 

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CentralFlaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Zoo. We're so glad you had a good time. A family pass is very reasonable and then you can come back and play in the splash pad all summer long. Hope to see you all again soon. More 

Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This zoo has come a long way. It used to be sad and depressing but they have made it nice and welcoming. The best part is feeding the giraffes. They have added a playground and a pretty neat looking water play area. It gets ungodly hot and I will definitely go in the water play area with my six year... More 

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CentralFlaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We're happy you came back to visit and see all our changes. We've been working really hard to bring you a great Zoo. Thanks for noticing. P.S. Nice face painting picture! More 

BRAZIL
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

If you are in Central Florida and want to do something else besides Disney and Shopping, this is it. Great for kids all ages, it has a playground and a water splash play area to enjoy, besides seeing all the animals. Great and convenient fun!

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CentralFlaZoo, Public Relations Manager at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review and 5 stars. We're so glad you had a good time. Come back soon. More 

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