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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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3755 NW US Highway 17-92, at I-4, Sanford, FL 32747
+1 407-323-4450
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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!
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good35%
  • Average22%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“zip line” (70 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
3755 NW US Highway 17-92, at I-4, Sanford, FL 32747
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+1 407-323-4450
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"train ride"
in 50 reviews
"central florida zoo"
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"zip line"
in 70 reviews
"splash pad"
in 37 reviews
"animal exhibits"
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"big cats"
in 12 reviews
"feed a giraffe"
in 9 reviews
"merry go round"
in 9 reviews
"animals seem"
in 8 reviews
"splash zone"
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"mini train"
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"laser tag"
in 7 reviews
"great for kids"
in 7 reviews
"family pass"
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"snack bar"
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"well taken care"
in 12 reviews
"picnic area"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were annual pass holders before we moved away. We went at least 2x month. It is a great little get away for a half or so day spontaneous adventure. It isn't big by any means but it's very pleasant. The elephants were always our...More

1  Thank julieM3474MT
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my granddaughter here the day before she was flying home. She loves the Zoo and I figured she would have a great time. First off they charge for every little thing even after you get inside. That would be ok if there was a...More

1  Thank Cowgirlkc
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to visit - especially the botanical gardens, feed the animals. There is a charge to purchase food to feed the animals which is expensive, however. A family might consider this place expensive because of all of the 'extra' charge (food...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens is great! I took 3 children- ages 7, 9, and 12. The cost was very reasonable. The zoo is beautiful and easy to walk through. The zoo also has a splash area for kids to get wet and...More

Thank wbelu
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can’t understand the raving reviews about this place. They want to charge you for every little thing, admission price is reasonable but anything additional is an extra charge. Felt like a money making scheme and not a place that’s vested in educating and garnering...More

Thank TheTravelingDesi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been a Docent (which is a volunteer teacher) at the Central Florida Zoo for 27 years, and have watched this zoo just blossom. The animals at this zoo has probably better care than a lot of children. The animals keepers care a lot...More

Thank Dee827
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to see, decent sized zoo. Such a wide variety of animals. Make sure to go early enough to see all the animals be fed and even feed some of them yourself, an hour before closing some of the animals are put away which I...More

Thank Sara C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OK I love zoos. Even as an older adult, I go to zoos wherever I travel if I can squeeze it in. We paid $20 per person to get in--Myself, my husband, and my grown daughter because we all love animals. Before I criticize, I...More

1  Thank Momwith5kids
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place to take your kid's and grand children to. The expressions on their face is worth the entry fee. Make sure you bring a swim suit for the kid's they have a fountain for the kids to run and play on, really great...More

Thank Marty T
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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed this place it appears to have more animals then last time we visited (that’s a plus). It is hot so you are going to want to freeze water for after the zoo. This zoo has lots of opportunities to interact with staff and some...More

2  Thank rashaancg
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Cherize A
July 16, 2018|
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Response from Maureen W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but call ahead. It was closed the day we were there.
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Ice T
June 8, 2017|
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Response from Jennifermt73 | Reviewed this property |
There is a splash play area for kids...considering it being August. I'm not sure about having the B-day party close to that area? I'd suggest calling the zoo about that one. My son and I went to the zoo yesterday (Feb... More
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stonewhat
December 26, 2016|
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Response from CentralFloridaZoo | Property representative |
Thank you for the question! Our Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. The AZA is a nonprofit accreditation organization, and there are only a little over 200 zoos that are AZA accredited. This accreditation... More
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