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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Tours

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Filled with species from across the world—as well as those native to Florida—the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens are home to everything from leopards and alligators to butterflies and ferns. Take pictures of the majestic animals and delicate plants, or get into the action by feeding a giraffe or meeting a rhino.

The Basics

Weave your way through the network of animal enclosures, visit the reptile house, and discover the surrounding plants on a self-guided tour of the zoo. Time your trip so it coincides with a “keeper chat,” and learn about the animals’ behavior and habitats from those who know them best. Mix up your day of adventures by riding a train, carousel, or zipline, then cool off in the splash zone.

To save time at the entrance, buy your ticket online in advance. If you want to join an educational tour or activity, you must book two weeks in advance (online, or by phone or email).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens are a must for animal and plant lovers.
  • Paved and wooden boardwalks make the zoo easily accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and wheelchairs and wagons are available to rent.
  • Purchase food at the zoo’s concession, or take your own lunch and eat at the free picnic area.

How to Get There

Located in Sanford, the zoo is a 25-minute drive north of Orlando. Follow I-4 E north from Orlando, take exit 104, and turn left onto Highway 17-19. You’ll find the zoo on your right. On-site parking is free.

When to Get There
The zoo is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Check the online schedule for activities and demos. Many of the zoo’s experiences and special events happen only on weekends. If you just want to see the animals and plants, go on a weekday to avoid the crowds.

Animal Encounters and Demonstrations
Wildlife enthusiasts can make the most of their time at the zoo by participating in a variety of fun and educational activities. Meet a rhino up close, observe the patterns and feeding habits of exotic and native animals, feed giraffes, and learn about the challenges facing many of the zoo’s species. Animal encounters cost extra and must be booked in advance.
Address: 3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, Florida 32771, USA
Admission: Varies
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Come get lost in thought not in the crowd. Enjoy an easy day of floating a wild and scenic river. Known for its amazing beauty, outstanding wildlife, and location to Orlando; the Wekiva River is a must do for all central Florida visitors.
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