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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

#5 of 48 things to do in Sanford Features Animals
3755 NW US Highway 17-92, at I-4, Sanford, FL 32747
+1 407-323-4450
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Unexpected surprise

Wow what an awesome day.. the zip line is must.. and the splash pad offers an awesome cool down on... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Dustin S
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Seen worse but could be better

As you first enter the zoo it looks very nice until you reach the parking. It's all dirt and grass... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
jseger82
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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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 good36%
  • Average22%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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3755 NW US Highway 17-92, at I-4, Sanford, FL 32747
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+1 407-323-4450

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wow what an awesome day.. the zip line is must.. and the splash pad offers an awesome cool down on these hot summer Florida days

Thank Dustin S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As you first enter the zoo it looks very nice until you reach the parking. It's all dirt and grass parking which I don't mind but the lot is very small. They have different lots to park in but larger vehicles it's tough to navigate...More

Thank jseger82
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Sanford zoo was a great little zoo very clean and informative. Plan on spending about three hours here. Throughout the day they do have animals that will come out park employees will speak about the animals. you can also pay an extra charge to...More

Thank Flossy F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little zoo. They have many great attractions and informative classes regarding the animals who live there. Adding new things all the time. Always get the yearly pass.

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE love the zoo, and yesterday got to preview the new Florida Bear Encounter exhibit. The zoo and botanical gardens try to "keep it real" here with activities, demos, talks, and the like. It's always a fun time and a great way to spend a...More

Thank LakeMaryFoodCritic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is small zoo located near I-4 at the Sanford/DeBary exit. Your not going to see as many animals as you would at Busch Gardens, or probably other larger zoos, but it is a good diversion for families for 2-3 hours. There is a small...More

Thank czgator
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have a zoo pass from the Knoxville zoo (which is a wonderful zoo) whereby we have some type of reciprocity with numerous other zoos throughout the US. We took our three grandsons ages 15, 6 and 3 and with our "discount" it was $37...More

Thank Jacana
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is a really cool little get away spot. It's a small zoo but the animals are really close. There are nice spots to picnic and rest. You can feed the giraffes. Love it. There is even a ropes course with zip lines.

Thank chunkymonkey85
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've visited there in June 2017. There is nothing inside except poor animals in veey litle cages. This place must be closed immediately. I've visited there in June 2017. There is nothing inside except poor animals in veey litle cages. This place must be closed...More

Thank Hilmi A
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I mean, there is bigger an better but this is an OK zoo .. Nothing really spectacular. I mean, it's clean, the staff is very friendly and they have alot of kiddos activities and a zip line course which you have to pay extra for...More

Thank Manny G
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Ice T
9 June 2017|
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Response from RussellGY | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are shade spots, and picnic areas. the zoo is small, compared to others we have been to, but it's a nice zoo. A birthday party would be nice, but bear in mind that it is Hot here in Florida during August, so bring... More
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stonewhat
27 December 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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mauralecroy
22 April 2016|
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Response from CentralFlaZoo | Property representative |
Yes, we do. They are owned and operated by a private vendor on Saturdays and Sunday's only. The price is $6 for 5 minutes. It is located off the main sidewalk right before entering the main part of the Zoo. You can't miss... More
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