Have a free day during your vacation and not sure what to do? Break away from all the theme parks and walk through the wild and natural side of Florida at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The zoo has been opened since 1975, and while there’s nothing here to rival San Diego or New York, there’s a certain charm about the place. Nestled within lush tropical plants, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens boasts over 400 animals, 23 acres of native gardens, an Insect Zoo and Reptile House, live animal encounters, many educational opportunities and demonstrations, Tropical Splash Playground, and the Little Florida Coastline Railroad and Animal Carousel. With something for everyone, the adventures are truly endless!
You can find this Central Florida Zoo just across the street from Lake Monroe on the border of Seminole and Volusia Counties. The entrance attracts you right away with a long drive showing a zip line, picnic areas, and then the merry-go-round at the entrance of the zoo will be the first of many smiles on the faces of your children. The area is made on board walks and has a great reputation of being clean and well groomed. Even with the Florida heat, the animals look very happy in their cages which is always a great reflection of how the staff cares for them.
Depending on when you decide to visit, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is constantly having some sort of event so be sure to check their event calendar for a list of additional things to do!
Central Florida Zoo Admission Prices
Seniors 60+: $12.95
Children 3-12 years: $10.95
Children 2 and under: FREE
Central Florida Zoo Members: FREE
They also offer free parking and picnic areas, as well as rentals for child strollers or adult wheelchair rentals (from $6.00 to $8.00).
We hope you enjoy your day at the zoo and take lots of pictures!
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