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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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Address: 3755 NW US Highway 17-92, at I-4 (Exit 104), Sanford, FL 32747
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+1 407-323-4450
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Nestled in a protected natural wetland, the Central Florida Zoo &...

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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Zoo is a nice place to go if you want to be outside and relax. It's quiet and very very shady. The giraffes are the best exhibit. A lot of the animals are laying and hiding away... read more

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14 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Zoo is a nice place to go if you want to be outside and relax. It's quiet and very very shady. The giraffes are the best exhibit. A lot of the animals are laying and hiding away from the sun. My daughter loves the sprinklers and the park. We did 30 minutes of sprinklers walked around to dry off then... More 

Thank Collegeschick39
Lake Mary, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Sanford Zoo as a little girls and I recently found a photo of Daddy and Uncle Jack visiting the zoo in the 1940s. It's been around a long time. How it's grown, changed, and moved on with the times. Now my grandson loves to go to feed the giraffes and visit the hippo. On a recent visit,... More 

Thank Merey62
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Smaller zoo than we were used to visiting. Nice attractions. Lay out not straightforward. Plenty of other activities for younger kids, splash park, playground, lunch tables outside the facility. Staff courteous and helpful. Overall nice afternoon activity.

Thank kop111
Halifax, Canada
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10 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed this place. It was hot but nicely set up. Wandering around for awhile. Enjoyed the ice cream.

Thank lighthouseladyca
Altamonte Springs,fl
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I did go there on a Sunday, they open at 9.00 am, almost nothing was open, they started to clean and feed the animals so I could hardly see any, I mean if they open at 9.00 I expect its all done and ready for the visitors even on Sundays, the food and drinks are way overprized, you are not... More 

Thank Gudrun F
Lawrenceville, United States
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I were in Orlando, intentionally steering clear of the large amusement parks, as we've done those. I was looking for more locals type stuff and happened across the Central Florida Zoo's website. It looked interesting enough. Keeping things in perspective, I'm able to give an honest impression of this attraction. It isn't a huge zoo like in... More 

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Port Orange, Florida
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was very disappointing after ready mostly positive reviews. The exhibits are so far away from the viewing walkways it is difficult to see the animals. It is really geared for young children ( under 8-9 years ) . Botanical gardens? Not hardly, there were a few variety of seasonal plants that are mostly local to the area and are... More 

Thank madpenpal
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visit was phenomenal. My son and I got there in time to see the snake feedings - which we've always missed in the past. Then we continued on our journey through the zoo and realized all of the animals were actually awake and alert - in the past the animals are usually sleeping. We went a little later in... More 

Thank Kim K
Boone, North Carolina
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my 5-year old grandson while visiting Florida from North Carolina, and we were thrilled by this peaceful, beautiful zoo and garden. The trees provide ample shade, the wood walkways are nice, there are several fun art pieces, a small train around the parking lot and woods is perfect for families, there are lots of picnic tables, a playground,... More 

Thank CEC1906
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant quiet enjoyable day!Had 11 year old and 5 year old. Low key educational fun!! Day to spend time not in huge crowds or huge resorts. Not expensive. Teenagers might be bored.

Thank Janice V

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