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“One of the best!”

Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
Ranked #2 of 175 things to do in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 73-acre park is the only zoo in Florida's northeast.
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Our family has visited a handful of zoos over the past few years and the Jacksonville Zoo definitely competes with the zoos of some of the larger cities. I found this zoo to be more enjoyable than the Atlanta Zoo and on par with, if not better than Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.

The areas and enclosures for the animals appear to be expansive with good upkeep. The exhibits are fun and some interactive (like the stingray touch-tanks and giraffe feeding area).

One thing I really liked about this zoo is the size of it and how the exhibits are laid out. Every corner seems to lead to a new path/exhibit. As we toured, we didn't look at the map just to surprise ourselves with what's around the corner. Towards the end, we found the Japanese Gardens, which was a beautiful exhibit that the wife really enjoyed walking through.

A couple suggestions: This is a large zoo, wear good walking shoes. Also, be prepared to sweat if the temps are above 85. If you don't like the heat (like I don't) then either go in the early morning when it first opens (also for smaller crowds) or go during the fall/winter. Also, the restaurant that looks into the jaguar exhibit can get crowded during busy lunch hours. It can also get busy and loud if the jaguars come to the windows in the restaurant, which typically results in a lot of eager on lookers trying to get a better view.

I plan on visiting this zoo again on a more regular basis with the kids - but will avoid going during the summer months.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

I was a first time visitor to the Jacksonville Zoo despite having lived in JAX for thirty years. We took two of my grandsons, it was a fantastic day. A great place.

Thank Peter B
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

The animals habitats are well maintained. Go in the morning right when the zoo opens, the animals are active and the crowds are minimal! Don't forget to get you pass for the train, stingray bay, and butterfly hallow! Feeding the giraffes is our favorite thing to do, petting the stingrays is a close second!

Thank Emily K
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Had a great day. Very hot day .but the kids enjoyed the touch tanks. They have a lot of great exhibits..found the zoo to be really clean. And the food was good.would have done more except we found a lot of add on prices..but was still a great day. And plan to come back on a cooler day...

1  Thank Ginger L
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We took our granddaughter to the zoo and really had a great day out. Lots to see and even got to feed the giraffes and pet the little goats in the petting area. Took the train ride around the zoo which was much appreciated when the legs started to ache from all that walking!

Thank Golden_honeybee2004
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