Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Sanford, FL

Where are we going?

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
3755 W Seminole Blvd
FL 32771


What is there to do?

Get ready for a WILD family day out in sunny Florida at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens!

Nestled in lush tropical foliage, this popular zoo and garden experience is home to over 150 species of animals, and features around 23 acres of native gardens. If you love nature, then you are in luck!

Did you know that the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens opened with just 38 animals back in 1975? Today, there are over 400 animals!

Kids can enjoy hands-on fun in the Barnyard Buddies Children's Zoo, where domestic animals such as pygmy goats, llamas, roosters and alpacas. They can even feed them too!

You can get up close with venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles in the Herpetarium, or they can learn all about animal care during one of the zoos exciting Keeper Chats. 

Make sure you add the giraffe feeding to your day, which happens at 10am - 3pm on the weekends, or touch and feel their one-horned rhino during their special rhino encounters. 

In addition to the beautiful animals that you can see at the zoo, kids can also enjoy unique animal encounters which are great to aid their learning experience. 

But it's not just animals at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens either! They can enjoy rides on the train and carousel, or get active with ZOOM Air Adventures. 

With something for everyone, the adventures are endless!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $19.50

Children: $13.75 (Ages 3-12)

Free Under: 2 years


Need a little extra help?

They are accessible, and rent manual wheelchairs for $7 on a first come first served basis


When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily. Last entry 4:30pm.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Any top tips?

Goat, Alpaca, and Llama Food: can be purchased at ZOOfari Outpost. Feeding begins at 11:00 a.m. while supplies last.

I’m Hungry!

They have BBQ slow-smoked meats at Q at the Zoo, as well as an Outpost Snack Bar!

Familydaysout.com - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
© Family Days Out 2020