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Jacksonville Zoo
370 Zoo Parkway
Jacksonville
FL
32218
Tel: 904 757 4463

Directions

From I 95: Take exit 358A to Heckscher Drive/Zoo Parkway. Continue on Zoo Parkway for 1/4 mi. Zoo entrance is on your right. From the Dames Point Bridge: From the Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge/9A, take exit Zoo Parkway/Heckscher Drive West. Continue for approximately 5 miles. Zoo entrance is on your left.

Where are we going today?

Calling all animal lovers - Jacksonville Zoo is ready and waiting to give you an animal experience you won't forget any time soon!

Did you know that Jacksonville Zoo has the ONLY walking safari in NE Florida? Yep! The zoo also has some amazing gardens that you can explore, as well as very cool and informative talks and tours which will really give you some unique experiences.

First though - the animals! That's why we're visiting after all isn't it! Jacksonville Zoo really bring the world to you. You don't need to fly all the way to Africa to experience the amazing animals of Africa! At the African Loop, you can walk along the 1,400 foot boardwalks and check out all the animals up close! From wart hogs, to cheetahs, and elephants - they are all ready to say hi to you! 

Every wanted to visit Asia? Well, how about Asia coming to you? Monsoon Asia lets you experience weird and wonderful animals like the Komodo Dragon, as well as beautiful gardens and ponds.

You might just go APE at the Great Apes exhibit, where there are three types of primate on display. Kids will be in awe when they get face to face with those mighty Western Lowland Gorillas!

There are animals from Australasia, as well as tigers, giraffes, and even stingrays!

Jacksonville Zoo also has some pretty cool experiences. You can take a behind the scenes tour, enjoy a keeper talk to learn more fun facts about all the animals, ride a fun train, enjoy a carousel ride, be a keeper for the day, or have some pretty awesome animal encounters! 

It's a great place for kids to have amazing animal encounters, as well as learn so much about the animals of this world and those conservation efforts to save those endangered species.

So much animal fun for one day! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$16.95
  • Children$11.95 (ages 3 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm weekdays. 6pm close weekends.

All year round. Closed Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

They have on-site classroom presentations, home school programs, off-site outreach programs, day camps, early childhood education programs, family and senior tours, and teacher workshops...so why wouldn't you bring the students to the zoo to learn! It's an amazing experience .

I'm Hungry!

The Zoo features two full-sized restaurants, a snack bar and other concession. Enjoy a whole range of foods, from sandwiches, nachos, burgers, hot dogs and ice cream!. .

Healthy Eating!

Some of the cafes have salads.

Any Top Tips?

The Splash Ground is open from mid-March to September 30. Bring your bathing suit. Babies will need to wear water-proofed diapers. Fun! .

Doing our bit

The zoo are part of many conservation efforts, and they also really look after their animals .

Need a little extra help?

The zoo AND gardens are ADA compliant! Wheelchairs are available for rent. .

Baby Facilities

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers a nursing station in the kids zone Play Park. Baby changing tables are available available..

Can I get one of those?

There are gift shops that feature animal stuffed animals, puzzles, apparel, games, and hand-crafted treasures. If you check out the main gift shop, there are actually walking sticks created by the gorillas! How cool! .

More information

You can get value tickets which include unlimited train and carousel rides, as well as entry to stingray bay and 4D ride. .

What people are saying?

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    The zoo is well maintained, the animals seem contented and the enclosures seem to provide them with the environment they need. Large primate enclosures are large and have varied objects/terrain that would seem to be appealing. Obviously a lot of thought went into making THEM comfortable.

    But what about families with young active children? There's the playground. IT has lots of fun things to play on, and they are designed sturdily and safely. But as far as ways to get out and keeping your eyes on your children...this playground is one of the...Read More

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    I've been to a fair amount of Zoos with my daughter, and this one needs to be updated. Jacksonville is a hot place to live so it would be great if they added some indoor activities that we could take our children to so we'd get good use out of our annual admission pass.

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    Love the zoo and especially the new tiger exhibit. However...... Either the zoo had an incompetent person (my opinion) "Jack" at the wheel chair rental/Train ticket booth today, or one should not believe information that the zoo puts out. Per literature from the zoo and the zoo web site, there is currently a 50 cent discount for adult and senior members, but "Jack", per his name tag, refused to give us the discount when I presented him with the membership cards for my wife and myself. He even stated that there was no discount for the train ride...Read More

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    The main problem I had was with the staff. Everyone seemed either very rude or impolite and sarcastic, especially the woman running the carousel. I was glad that my child couldn't understand that the lady was being rude to her or it would've ruined her day. Had another problem at one of the restaurants where the cashier misunderstood me and rung me up for 3 cokes and when I corrected her, she acted very unprofessionally and stood there for 3 minutes outright arguing with me in front of other customers and staff that I ordered 3 medium cokes and...Read More

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    Come today and enjoy Magic Shows at Land of the Tiger Grand Opening! Magician JULIUS MAGIC will perform two one hour close up magic shows for guests of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Show times are 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

    Come see tigers like you’ve never seen them before!
    Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens proudly opens its latest exhibit: Land of the Tiger.
    Take a walk through Asia and experience wreathed and wrinkled hornbills, Visayan Warty pigs, Babirusa pigs, and Asian-small clawed otters.
    The centerpiece of this newest addition are three Malayan...Read More

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by Gret Locks

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The zoo is well maintained, the animals seem contented and the enclosures seem to provide them with the environment they need. Large primate enclosures are large and have varied objects/terrain that would seem to be appealing. Obviously a lot of thought went into making THEM comfortable.

But what about families with young active children? There's the playground. IT has lots of fun things to play on, and they are designed sturdily and safely. But as far as ways to get out and keeping your eyes on your children...this playground is one of the most poorly designed playgrounds for families with two or more active children I've seen. Even with TWO adults, it's hard to keep your eyes on all your children all the time. If you are down in the lower area and your child climbs the ladder to the upper area, he's out of your sight. And he can easily run down the sidewalk to the top of the slide...but also to areas with multiple ways out through thick palmetto lined paths such that in 2 seconds your child could be out of sight. You need two adults to watch one child adequately. And two adults are not enough to watch two children adequately. If they are climbing on the rock wall and climb over the wall onto the raised land above, they are immediately out of your sight if you are on the ground below. Again, it would only takes two seconds for your child to disappear into the thick palmetto lined paths.

Bottom line, there are simply too many ways OUT of that playground area and too may places where you can't see your young child for it to be safe. This is to hopefully forewarn families coming there for the first time...be sure and have plenty of adults.

by Steve Travis

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Love the zoo and especially the new tiger exhibit. However...... Either the zoo had an incompetent person (my opinion) "Jack" at the wheel chair rental/Train ticket booth today, or one should not believe information that the zoo puts out. Per literature from the zoo and the zoo web site, there is currently a 50 cent discount for adult and senior members, but "Jack", per his name tag, refused to give us the discount when I presented him with the membership cards for my wife and myself. He even stated that there was no discount for the train ride and that the only discount available was on the entrance fee to the zoo.

by yuiidragon

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The main problem I had was with the staff. Everyone seemed either very rude or impolite and sarcastic, especially the woman running the carousel. I was glad that my child couldn't understand that the lady was being rude to her or it would've ruined her day. Had another problem at one of the restaurants where the cashier misunderstood me and rung me up for 3 cokes and when I corrected her, she acted very unprofessionally and stood there for 3 minutes outright arguing with me in front of other customers and staff that I ordered 3 medium cokes and a small coke instead of accepting that it was a misunderstanding and refunding my money. She finally did after I just cut her off and asked for a refund. There was also a time when my family and I were boarding the train for the second time after getting off to look at the Asian Exhibit and were going back to the African Exhibit where a woman who saw us before came right up to me when we'd all gotten seated on the train and asked us in a very annoyed tone whether we were riding the whole thing or if we were getting off at the next stop, which was a little insulting considering that several other people were riding it the whole way around and we hadn't done so and were getting off at the African Exhibit.

There were loads of other rude staff at this place. I don't know if it was the heat getting to them or what, because it was extremely hot and by lunch we were all drenched in sweat They also nickle and dime you every chance they get so come well funded.

by Julius Magic

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Come today and enjoy Magic Shows at Land of the Tiger Grand Opening! Magician JULIUS MAGIC will perform two one hour close up magic shows for guests of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Show times are 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

Come see tigers like you’ve never seen them before!
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens proudly opens its latest exhibit: Land of the Tiger.
Take a walk through Asia and experience wreathed and wrinkled hornbills, Visayan Warty pigs, Babirusa pigs, and Asian-small clawed otters.
The centerpiece of this newest addition are three Malayan and two Sumatran tigers that are free to roam through the area via an innovative trail system.
Guests will have the ability to potentially see a tiger from almost anywhere in this one of a kind 2.5 acre exhibit.
The Jacksonville Zoo is a tremendous idea for a family outing anytime of the year.

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