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“Excellent area attraction”
Review of Brevard Zoo

Brevard Zoo
Ranked #1 of 106 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Brevard Zoo is home to more than 650 animals, representing 165 species. Feed gentle giraffe and lorikeets, go kayaking or take a paddle boat ride and ride the train. Get wet in Paws On, enjoy daily animal encounters and be sure to experience our rhino encounters.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 17, 2014

If you are on the Space Coast to visit the Kennedy Space Center or Cocoa Beach, don't hesitate to visit the Brevard Zoo. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. I'm local so I have visited many times.
This small zoo, founded by volunteer donations and help, is fun for all ages. There are many interactive features. For young families, there is a family activity area, Paws On which includes: a toddler wading area with a nearby shaded snack bar, an animal petting area, jungle gym climbing features, and an indoor, air conditioned "detective agency with hands-on activities, like a sand digging area and small reptile and animal displays. For the young and adventurous, there is a tree-top trek, aerial adventures. Many people like this sort of zip line activity. I'll be honest and say due to fear of heights I bypassed this same activity when my family did it in Mexico. But it is a popular feature at the Brevard Zoo.
If you are a family with older children, or even just a couple or group of friends, there are other areas of the zoo that are fun. To see some parts of the Africa displays you will want to take an easy half hour kyack trip on a small stream and/or take the narrated train ride. These both give you views of some animals you don't see from the Africa platform, such as lemurs. From the Africa platform you can feed giraffes or for extra, be up close with rhinos. There is a new exhibit, which I have not seen in Africa section, of meerkats.
The Australasia area has a free flight aviary where people can feed certain colorful birds that will land on you. Don't think about the movie, "The Birds." I read somewhere that they put peanut butter on people to get the crows to land. At the zoo you just hold a cup of juice, which does cost a small fee, and the birds come to visit. They are not pet birds, but do like the juice.
The South American and Florida sections are also interesting. You can compare alligators to crocodiles in the Florida section. You can also sometimes rent a paddleboat at the end of the Florida boardwalk.
The zoo has a decent cafe, with mostly sandwiches, such as hot dogs, burgers with varied choice of toppings, chicken tenders, homemade chips or fries. There are some healthy choices such as a sort of veggie burger and grilled chicken sandwich. There is also ice cream, popcorn, and on occasion cotton candy and other deep fried treats. There is a choice of drinks, including beer. Just note that due to safety for animals or some reason, there are no lids for cups or straws. You may not be able to carry your drink into some exhibit areas.
It is a good idea to check the local paper or their website if you are planning visiting, sometimes there are special events going on that you may want to take part in. At halloween time they have trick or treating for kids. There are lectures series and other evening events on occasion.
You can pay for tickets up front for some of the activities like feeding the birds, kayacking or the train. Some of the special activities only take cash, not credit cards.
All in all, if you are in the area, the zoo is worth visiting if you enjoy animals, and want to pass a few pleasant hours. A few words of caution: in case of inclement weather or extreme heat, there are not many indoor areas to retreat to, only the shop and the small animal display area in the Paws on have AC or shelter. The eating areas are all outdoors, too. Since I am an avid museum goer, the one thing at the zoo I wish they had more of were labels for the animal exhibits. There are many staff and volunteers to answer questions, but I still like to read a bit,too.

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

We travel to Cocoa Beach frequently and at least once a year we make the quick trip over to the zoo. We love this place. Just the right size and easy to see the animals. The new Meerkat exhibit is very well done. The zoo also appears to be a big part of the community including helping out with sick sea turtles and restoring oyster beds to clean up the Indian River Lagoon. Great time, great mission.

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Brevard Zoo is one of those GOTTA DO half day adventures you & your family will never forget!
Wanna get a 'little wild" ? Feed a Giraffe by hand while a Rhino snorts in the background. Watch hungry Alligators await feeding when you walk past them overhead
After watching the Otters splash about in their cool waterfall, ... how bout you let the kids splash bout in their own pool to cool off! (no swim suits needed, but bring a towel).
Wives, if you think Dad is, or might bored while the kids are swimming,.try convincing him to take on the Zip line,..an X Marine personally told me it was a 'b' buster.. and local EMT's have proven so...

20 years ago, residents of Melbourne were asked to volunteer their time, tools and experience to build a local Zoo. Proudly & enthusiastically, we proudly did, in fact you will see our original hand prints in the bricks and walkways as you adventure through.
Each year since, Brevard Zoo has surpassed itself, and done our community proud.
It has physically built multiple new wings to accommodate their wildlife residents from South America, Africa, Asia and Australia to suit them.
Brevard Zoo is simply the best place to visit and spend as much time as you wish!

1  Thank barefoottrader
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Not cheap but worth the visit. Good selection of animals and reptiles and birds. Great for kids. Spend the whole day.

1  Thank robin639
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Great family entertainment. We have annual family passes for years and go frequently. A new meerkat exhibit is great viewing. There is a water play area with one part set aside for toddlers. The children love it.

1  Thank scomean
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