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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

3755 NW US Highway 17-92, at I-4 (Exit 104), Sanford, FL 32747
+1 407-323-4450
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Sanford
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Nestled in lush tropical foliage, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens boasts over 400...
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking

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Deltona, Florida
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75 reviews 75 reviews
8 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visited the Central Florida Zoo today. While I do not like seeing animals confined, I can say they looked as though they were well taken care of. The staff was friendly and informative. It was a little cool today and many of the animals were trying to hide from the cooler weather. There were only a few that we... More 

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Orlando
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Central Florida Zoo needs to be updated with a HUGE emphasis on space--space for animals. It was pathetic to see majestic animals in small cages. Stimulation for the animals also appeared poor. It truly reminded me of a trip to the SPCA where soulful animals stare and silently beg: Take Me! Only you cannot free the animals at the zoo..

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Was a good time for the whole family. Nice smaller zoo and the animals look well taken care of. The entire staff were very friendly. The rhino exhibit was very cool as we were 8' from these 1.5 ton animals. My kids feed the giraffes by hand which was awesome as well! If your looking to avoid huge crowds and... More 

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palm city, florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

eat before you get there...but they do sell beer! We were able to get within about 3 feet of the rhinos. they were eating bushes that were just outside of their pen. hilarious and so cool! also, our son got to feed a giraffe (for $5 or $10, I forget how much). some of the facilities are kind of run... More 

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Debary, Fl
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Sanford Zoo, while small, has beautifully clean habitats, good educational opportunities, and a great little splash park for the younger set. The serpent exhibit is awesome - there are many varieties and they are nearly always visible. My favorite part are that there are alligators living in a natural habitat that can be viewed up close quite safely. The... More 

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Gadsden, Alabama
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21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

we had been told years ago this was one of the best zoos in florida.we had expected something a lot bigger with a lot more animals. it was ok. the gardens were nice. we were really disppointed about it.

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

Thank you for your review. We value all feedback. We're sorry you were disappointed. Our Zoo sits on 114 acres of which 21 are developed for the Zoo. The additional acres are protected wetlands which creates a great backdrop for the Zoo. We do house several animals, all of which can be read about on our website. But you are... More 

Sanford, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a great zoo for the kids and adults alike. If you are in the Central Florida area (Sanford) don't miss an opportunity to see the zoo and help keep it open and available for generations to come.

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

Thank you for the review and plea for others to come help support us. We love our little not-for-profit Zoo and are funded by our guests and fundraisers. And we don't plan to go anywhere---matter of fact, we are getting ready to celebrate our 40th Anniversary (at our current site) in 2015. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Sanford, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

do not have much variety of animals you can seen in one hour has a area of ​​water jets for kids, rapelin & picnic area

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

Hi, thanks for your review of the Zoo. We're sorry you didn't many animals. We have quite a collection including rhinos, giraffes, otters, leopards, alligators, crocodiles, a variety of wild cats and monkeys and the southeast largest diverse venomous reptile collection. Hope you can come again when you have more time. More 

Madison, Alabama
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209 reviews 209 reviews
57 attraction reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Great price. They have a military, children and senior discount. They also have a small gift shop and a small snack bar. Zoo is small but nice. There's free parking too.

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

Thanks for the review. We are very appreciative that you took to the time to let our future guests know about us. We also offer AAA discounts, Fairwinds customer discounts, Seminole County Public School employee discounts, Sanford and Seminole Chamber discounts and others as well. Always make sure to ask about a discount at the ticket window. And yes, don't... More 

Oviedo, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Very small zoo, look likes a little farmland, most of the animals are inside a wire fence cage (chain link) with small squares, this factor makes it impossible to have a clear vision of the animals, as if you were looking through a tennis racket, and some other animals are inside the cage and we have to look through a... More 

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

Thanks for the review. We appreciate all our feedback. We're sorry you didn't enjoy your experience. We are a smaller Zoo when compared to Animal Kingdom, San Diego or others with large acreages of land. And sometimes when zoos strive for naturalized exhibits for the animals it creates areas where they can hide or sleep, which is really what most... More 

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