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Lynwood Park Zoo
1071 Wells Road
Jacksonville
NC
28540
Tel: 910 938-5848

Where are we going today?

Fancy spending the day surrounded by sweet, weird and wonderful animals from all over the world? If you're in Jacksonville, then head to Lynwood Park Zoo, because they are all about the animals!

Lynwood Park Zoo is a very sweet 10 acres of animal exhibits, as well as a pond and picnic areas to enjoy. 

Since 1990 the zoo has been the place for families to go and check out the 80 animal exhibits that are on display. These exhibits really give kids a chance to experience animals from all over the world - without having the leave the state!

From mammals, and birds, to reptiles, Lynwood Park Zoo can let the family experience animals up close - and learn about them too! Want to hear some of the animals that you will encounter in the zoo? Let's go!

If you love those furry 4 legged creatures, then the mammals are where you should head! From the plains of Africa you can experience zebras and antelope. It's over to the more unusual animals like the Ocelot, Mara and the Capybara. Never heard of them? What better reason to head to the zoo then, so you can learn all about them!

If your children prefer the scaly critters, then they will love the reptiles. The American Alligator is waiting for you to say hello, and the pythons and snakes are slithering away waiting to make a new friend!

Never seen a skink of a monitor (and we don't mean the ones you use with your computer!)? Then Lynwood Park Zoo can be your first encounter!

Of course, there are also the beautiful birds that you can look at, from the sweet barn owl to the cheeky geese.

Animals? Check. Family fun? Check. Then let's go to Lynwood Park Zoo! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$8 (ages 2 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm Friday to Monday

All year round. Closed Tues, Wed and Thurs

Teachers corner

You can arrange scheduled tours for groups of 20 or more, and they can be adjusted to suit what you want for the students! .

Any Top Tips?

The last ticket is sold at 4pm but why only spend an hour at the zoo when you can spend the whole day! .

Doing our bit

The zoo have the animals best interests at heart, so they do their best to make sure the exhibits are true to what will make the animals comfortable .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, then give them a call before you arrive to see what assistance they can give you .

More information

They only accept cash or checks. No cards. .

What people are saying?

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    An amazing zoo with wonderful scenery and well cared for animals. The owner is wonderful and gives everyone one on one time with quite a few of the animals. I go there as often as I can which lately hasn't been often since I've moved to Wilmington, bur I'd still choose this zoo over the one in Wilmington any day. It's amazing!

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    Great small private zoo for an hour or two of fun with small and school age kids. The pathways are not paved so strollers and wheelchairs are fun, but otherwise great. The staff is fantastic

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    This is a very good zoo. It doesn't look like much from the parking lot and at $10 per adult I was skeptical that I'd be getting my money's worth, but don't be fooled. This is a huge zoo with tons of animals that are obviously well cared for, run by people who love what they do. Lynnwood Park Zoo is privately owned and doesn't have lions or tigers or many other large carnivores--but it was quiet, shady, clean, uncrowded, and full of happy animals, which is more than I can say for any other zoo I've been to. We were able to take our time looking...Read More

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    We took the boys, 9 & 12, on a homeschool nature field studies trip. Although they had their journals with them and had goals in mind about what to learn, they were absolutely treated to the best " zoo professor" ever. Mr. Evans showed the boys special animals to touch and asked them great questions to see what they knew. He added details I did not even know about the animals. It was also nice to see that non-releasable wildlife was being cared for and could continue to educate children. It was a relaxing and enjoyable experience for all of...Read More

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    This place is small and out of the way, but well worth the visit. A few classmates and I needed to do an assignment and picked the zoo. Gary Evans, the owner, went out of his way to help us and give us the information we needed to complete our assignment. He brings out animals for children to learn about and touch. He is very helpful and friendly, he runs this place with the help of volunteers. This a great place to spend a day/afternoon during the summer while the kids are out of school.

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This is a very good zoo. It doesn't look like much from the parking lot and at $10 per adult I was skeptical that I'd be getting my money's worth, but don't be fooled. This is a huge zoo with tons of animals that are obviously well cared for, run by people who love what they do. Lynnwood Park Zoo is privately owned and doesn't have lions or tigers or many other large carnivores--but it was quiet, shady, clean, uncrowded, and full of happy animals, which is more than I can say for any other zoo I've been to. We were able to take our time looking at every animals without sweating to death or having to push through crowds, and on top of that we got some one on one time with the owner. He even brought out some friendly chickens and tortoises for my daughters to touch and see up close. Very highly recommended.

by Joyce Trafton

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We took the boys, 9 & 12, on a homeschool nature field studies trip. Although they had their journals with them and had goals in mind about what to learn, they were absolutely treated to the best " zoo professor" ever. Mr. Evans showed the boys special animals to touch and asked them great questions to see what they knew. He added details I did not even know about the animals. It was also nice to see that non-releasable wildlife was being cared for and could continue to educate children. It was a relaxing and enjoyable experience for all of us. I would encourage others to go and help support this zoo. Thank you!
Joyce, T, and the boys

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