Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Nestled in a protected natural wetland, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, a nonprofit organization, 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, and a Tropical Splash Playground. For a small fee, you can feed our giraffes, or have a one of a kind encounter with our Indian rhino! With something for everyone, the adventures are endless! Some activities might be temporarily unavailable. Visit our website to learn more.
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,029 contributions
A great zoo! The entire grounds are very walkable, giving you great viewpoints of all of the animals. There are regular concrete paths as well as wooden boardwalks to direct you around the zoo. Lots of signs to describe what you are seeing and the history of the animals on exhibit. The zoo also has lots of seating for relaxing and viewing animals for extended periods of time. The staff was very friendly, and the ticket taker had a very cool frog sweatshirt. There are a lot of zoo guests as well, with squirrels and lizards running around everywhere. Those that weren't just visiting include rhinos, frogs, fossa, cougar, birds, goats, alligators, monitors, iguanas, turtles, lemurs, eagles, porcupines, giraffes, cheetahs, warthogs, peccary, tamarin, and more! Well worth a visit next time you are in central Florida. Will be visiting again in the future.
Written March 21, 2022
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Jakes Mom
Springfield, PA86 contributions
Although we visited during the day you could see the displays set up for the lantern festival. It looked very interesting. It was a beautiful, sunny day to visit. I really enjoyed feeding the giraffe. Such a gentle animal. The zoo is perhaps one of the smallest ones I have ever visited but it did not detract from my experience.
Written January 24, 2022
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Kelly K
Livonia, MI23 contributions
Family
We decided to go to the Central Florida Zoo because we figured it was small and we could get through it with grandparents, and kids! We have a 13 year old as well as an 8 year old, who both enjoyed the zoo. My parents enjoyed the size for walking! The wood walking pathway was a cool touch, but it was slippery a bit.

My kids enjoy any zoo, and we had a good time seeing animals we don't get to see in Michigan!

The barn area was cool and really close up, the macaws were beautiful, and my kids watched them for a while! Great snake/frog exhibit too! Close up and everyone was active!

The giraffes (a family favorite) were beautiful and it was very cool to see them close!

We stayed and watched the bears for a while and the staff in their "house" were knowledgeable and friendly!

Thank you for a wonderful morning with 3 generations of animal lovers!
Written March 5, 2021
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meganlcmartin
Maitland, FL38 contributions
This is a small but fantastic zoo! The zoo is smaller than most large zoos, but that is part of the charm. Small kids are able to (mostly) walk the zoo and see many of the animals. it gets crowded on weekends, so make sure you get there early!
Written October 3, 2021
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reise3
952 contributions
We came just for the Asian Lantern Festival, so we didn't see any animals on this visit. It's a wonderful, family-friendly event. We enjoyed the variety of displays, vivid colors, and music throughout the zoo. As we left, we were told that next year the displays will be all new. Be sure to order tickets in advance, as peak dates filled up quickly.
Written January 30, 2022
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PLan977
Winter Garden, FL680 contributions
We had a great time at this zoo. It is set in a lot of trees and foliage and that is why it says botanical gardens. We got there when it opened on a Thursday morning and we were the only ones there for a while. Later, more people came but it was very easy to social distance. The animals, in the morning were very active and easy to see as we had a 2 year old with us. They have a nice variety of animals for a small zoo. After we toured the zoo, we visited the splash pad where they were allowing only 50 people in at a time.
It was a nice little splash pad for the 2 year old to cool off.
All of the employees and docents were very nice.
Because of the corona virus, not everything is open but they are doing their best and it was great to walk around outside.
Written June 18, 2020
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Sketchy Pam
Jacksonville, FL1,554 contributions
Solo
This is a lovely zoo on the smaller side. There are some beautiful animals including a Florida panther, giraffes, bears and lemurs among others. There are boardwalks all over the zoo to stroll around and view the exhibits. There are a number of these being renovated to make the experience better. There are also sizable grounds with a lot of plants to look at and admire. This is a fun family thing to do as there are lots of zip line and tree sport activities in addition to a splash zone.
Written April 24, 2022
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YaYa travels
St. Augustine, FL51 contributions
Family
Did not go to the zoo during the day but it looks nice and would like to come back for a visit another time. We did attend the Asian Lantern Festival and have decided that we need to make this an annual tradition. The lanterns were beautiful and they had some fun interactive components for the kids but for the adults it was so relaxing to stroll along the walkway with the music playing and looking at all the lantern art.
Written January 3, 2022
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Deborah Lucas A
Corinth, Kentucky, USA51 contributions
Went to the Asian Lantern Festival and it was GREAT! I'd not been to the zoo before and only went with family for the festival. But, it was worth it! The moving parts were smooth and mesmerising, the big peacock was fascinating. It's a must see if you are in the area. But, definitely see it of the evening--the colors are amazing!
Written January 7, 2022
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bradziker1
Lake Mary, FL1,547 contributions
Went for the adult evening (once a month activity) and had the best time. Not at all crowded. Had to wear masks and do social distancing, but everyone was very respectful and took turns if you wanted to get closer to an exhibit. Not all exhibits were open and could not feed the animals - which was disappointing but understandable. The staff were super nice and very helpful. I usually never buy anything at gift shops, but this time bought a bunch of stuff animals just to support the zoo as they are having a tough time. Please do go and enjoy.
Written August 9, 2020
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