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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 11 attractions in Sanford
Type: Zoos
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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... more » 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! « less
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Morristown, New Jersey
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98 reviews 98 reviews
46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I arrived at the opening, 10am, and found that it wasn't crowded at all - maybe 10 cars in the lot. So, I had a great stroll along the botanical walk through the woods and into the animal paddock areas. It's just a big loop, so there's no getting lost or wondering where you are. It's a boardwalk with rails,... More

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Lake Mary, Florida
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The course itself was a lot of fun, however, the briefing beforehand by the monotone, unenergetic and unfriendly staff members nearly ruined the trip. They seemed irritated and annoyed that they actually had to be at work AND demonstrate how to use the course and equipment. Customer relations is NOT where they should be! Thank goodness the course and ziplines... More

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Deland
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We brought our children on a Saturday morning to do the zip line course. We were greeted by employees that were extremely RUDE!! We kept getting yelled at for the smallest things & the (very understaffed) people that we're working we're RUDE & acted like we were an inconvenience. It took an hour & a half from the minute we... More

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Abilene, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This zoo was a little small, considering it's proximity to Orlando. There are not as many exhibits as I was expecting. The zoo is large with long wooden walkways, but it is small in the way that there are not many animals. There was an amphibian room, which had a wide variety of snakes and lizards. There is a large... More

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Sanford, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Before getting into my review, I must say I am a local, and therefore by default love the Sanford zoo. The Sanford zoo has been upgrading in some different areas over the last few years - splash pad, railroad ride, rope/zip-line, and I believe paint balling is also available. This zoo has all the typical animals - monkeys, alligators, etc..etc..... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We went here on vacation and it's a very nice zoo. It's cheaper than most attractions in the area. I like that the animals have large and nice habitats plus there are plenty of them to see. The splash area for kids is nice too and is no extra charge. We spent about 4 hours looking at everything and we... More

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Orlando
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

We've been to many zoos and were very disappointed due to the fact the cost was too much for a basic zoo with very few animals. Also I'm a travel agent with proper ID and was denied a travel agent rate because I didn't have business card to supply staff.

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Franklin Park, New Jersey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I just visited with my grand children today.Its took about two to three hours but weather was very hot so must tell you to visit in fall or winter.Zoo has different attraction like Rhinoceros Encounter,Champ the Train,Animal Carousel,Bungee Jump,Camei Ride(Jan-April),Giraffe feeding etc.They also have WEEKEND SHOW for that you can find on website.

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

Thank you so much for visiting and reviewing the Zoo! We really appreciate it. You can also check out our events on our website we always have a lot going on for your grandchildren and especially in the fall. We'll see you then! More

Cameron, North Carolina
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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

A really nice, clean, well kept zoo and botanical garden, You walk the entire route on a beautiful boardwalk. Plenty of beautiful shade trees to keep you out of the sun. If you go in the early morning many of the animals are active. Everyone of the staff we saw said hello and were so nice to us all. You... More

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

Thank you so much for visiting the Zoo! Mornings are a wonderful time to visit before the Florida sun gets too hot (or before our daily showers!) We hope you will visit again soon, as there is always something new to see at the Zoo! I will share your review with our staff, we LOVE our guests! More

Mount Dora, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

It's not very big but it is nice, clean and not very expensive. It doesn't take a long time to get through a couple of hours top they are going to open a new Giraffe exhibit soon and it looks like that will be great fun. They have extra things you can do while you're there, you can ride a... More

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

Thank you so much for visiting the Zoo! We have indeed opened the Giraffe exhibit where you can feed Rafiki and Emba, our giraffes. And, we have another new show "Venom!" - it's a great presentation on our venomous snake collection. If you haven't already been back out, we hope to see you again soon. More

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