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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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Zoo + ZOOM AIR = One wonderful value !!

ZOOM AIR is the aerial adventure course at Central Florida Zoo. It was OUTSTANDING value... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kenneth H
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Needs Attention

Except for the opportunity to feed a giraffe lettuces the zoo is not the most satisfying place to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anne K
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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!
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  • Very good35%
  • Average22%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

ZOOM AIR is the aerial adventure course at Central Florida Zoo. It was OUTSTANDING value. Consider it for kids or adults when in Orlando. It is a fabulous confidence builder for kids and adults alike. Strict adherence to 54" height rule to get onto the...More

Thank Kenneth H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Except for the opportunity to feed a giraffe lettuces the zoo is not the most satisfying place to visit. Maybe as a result of the weather maybe a result of neglect the zoo is in need of much repair. Several areas had the raised wood...More

1  Thank Anne K
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This zoo was smaller than we expected. $19.50 per adult is a little hefty for what they offer. Glad I had a GROUPON I purchased for $38/admission for 4. We visited on Sunday February 18th. At 1:30 the petting zoo was already out of pet...More

Thank Jane S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small zoo looks like they are redoing some exhibits and the walkways. It has activities for kids. Play area and water area. Kinda far between exhibits and could use a lot of grounds cleaned up. Racking would do wonders. Also has zip lining you can...More

Thank Tenny W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went for a relaxing morning activity. It is basically a children's zoo. From farm animals you can feed to gators, and crocs, to a cougar and rhino, all were out and visible. I particularly impressed with the docents taking kids around....More

Thank russellp117
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the zoo today and it just seemed like the animals there can us some extra TLC especially the Puma. The Puma seemed really thin and in distress. The zoo is not very big. It took us about 1-hour and 15-min to walk around...More

Thank CuteJen788
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to take our 3 year old to his very first visit to the Zoo. I'll admit, I am one to be very stand offish when it comes to zoos because of the treatment and tiny spaces the animals usually have. We found a...More

Thank Hennac03
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

A simple little zoo. Good for a nice afternoon/morning. There are wooden boardwalks between most of the animal exhibits. They have larger animals like black bears, rhino, giraffes and alligators. There are many smaller animals. Was able to stand very near two parrots held by...More

1  Thank laurabK505SY
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

We visited this Zoo last Friday for the first time. We lived in Central FL for 28 years and never went to this Zoo. It was a pleasant experience. We enjoyed all the exhibits and even though it was cold for us Floridians, we were...More

Thank TheAxelMan
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

I have been planning for a long time to visit this local Zoo. We visited recently and my wife who is more of a nature buff than I am - thoroughly enjoyed their presentation. I enjoyed the wide variety of animals that were on display...More

Thank sirknightii
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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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