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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Nestled in a protected natural wetland, the Central Florida Zoo &...

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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Fun little zoo

Not nearly as big as Miami, Jacksonville, or Tampa Zoos (great zoos!), but fun for families, especially with small children. The splash park was probably the best part of our... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Cajun P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not nearly as big as Miami, Jacksonville, or Tampa Zoos (great zoos!), but fun for families, especially with small children. The splash park was probably the best part of our visit. Animal - wise, somewhat disappointing. Not much too see compared to other Florida zoos. Being in Central Florida with all the attractions, one would think it would have more... More 

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Thank Cajun P
Management response:

Thank you for the review. While we are near the other Orlando area attractions, we are a nonprofit that relies on our guests and members to help support our Zoo. Your admission goes directly to helping care for our animals! We are glad you enjoyed the splash park and our grounds, we hope to see you again. More 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a weekday and there were only a few other families there. It was a great place to take my two year old- small enough to easily walk around to all the animals, a little petting zoo where you can feed the goats and llama, and a nice splash pad and little playground. You can also feed the giraffes... More 

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Thank KWTravelGirl777
Management response:

Thank you for the review, we are glad you enjoy our Zoo! We hope you will visit again soon. Emba, Gage, and Rafiki, our giraffe, need food every day! ;) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this zoo. Perfect for families with small children. It's a little expensive tho. They keep going up on prices love the exhibits and the animals and birds.

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Thank Lorna H
Management response:

Thank you for the review, we are glad you enjoy our Zoo and keep coming back. As a nonprofit, we rely on the support of our guests and members. Your admission goes directly to help care for our animals! Be sure to check out our annual pass options, which allows you to visit for a full year! More 

Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to spend the afternoon. Well kept exhibits and the animals were well cared for. Zip line was a lot of fun and the had different level of obstacle course for all ages.

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Thank Carolyn L
Management response:

We are so glad you enjoy our Zoo! We hope to see you again soon. Thank you for the review. More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small zoo with a very nice variety of animals, particularly given its size. It is compact and great for families with small children. It's easy to walk around and see a lot of animals without the kids getting tired or bored. There is a nice picnic area, an obstacle course, a water play area, and a small... More 

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Thank Terry D
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Thank you for the review, we are glad you enjoy our Zoo! Be sure to check out our annual pass options, including one for families, which allows you to visit for a full year! More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Central Florida Zoo is a pretty cool place to visit. They have some pretty interesting animals, some of which I hadn't actually seen before. The exhibits for the animals were good sized and well put together. I really loved the vegetation throughout the zoo and found that it made the zoo quite scenic. This is a pretty nice zoo... More 

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Thank dcs1548
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Thank you for the review, we are glad you enjoy our Zoo! Our Horticulture Department will greatly appreciate your comment about our wonderful vegetation! Helps with that great Florida charm! More 

Sanford, Florida
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11 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my daughters and grandkids here. they loved it. My one dissatisfaction was that they did not have electric carts or wheelchairs available. It limited this vet from doing more with my family.

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Thank zeus7218
Management response:

Thank you for the review, we are glad you enjoyed our Zoo! We do have one electric scooter available for rent for $20 on a first come, first serve basis. We also have manual wheelchairs available for rent for $7. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the zoo in October. The weather was perfect and we loved that the zoo wasn't overcrowded like every other central FL attraction. Yes, it is small and there aren't many animals but younger kiddos don't mind that at all. We got to feed a giraffe (for a reasonable fee), see a venomous snake presentation, and fed and pet... More 

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Thank JazRos10
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Thank you for the review, we are so glad you enjoyed our Zoo! We are glad you enjoyed our Venom! show, we love all types of snakes here at the Zoo! Hope to see you again soon. More 

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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165 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me, myself and I decided to visit the CFZ! A good day due to the overcast and slightly below temps for November. A cute little zoo with wandering walkways. You get the feeling you are going to miss something, but you will find it all comes together and you won't miss a thing. I made a 2nd time around and... More 

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Thank decoratingplus
Management response:

We are glad you enjoyed our Zoo, thank you for the review. We are accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. This accreditation requires standards higher than those from the federal government, so you can be assured that we adhere to the highest standards for animal care and quality. We hope you will visit again. More 

Ironwood, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the zoo today and enjoyed the animals that all seemed to be moving about because of the cooler temperatures. The baby monkeys were the most active and fun to watch. We look forward to the black bears coming. Hope that will be soon.

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

Thank you for the review, we are glad you enjoyed our Zoo! We do not have an exact time yet for when the black bear habitat will be opening, but we will update our website and Facebook when we do know more. Thank you for visiting our Zoo, it is the support of guests that allows us to improve our... More 

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