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Brevard Zoo, Melbourne

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Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
With boardwalks that bring you up to the height of a giraffe's head, Brevard Zoo offers an amazing opportunity to see the black-tongued creatures up close, to pet and feed them, and to be photographed with them. This smallish zoo has more than 650 animals, including multicolored lorikeets (like parrots) you can feed and that may sit on your shoulders. Paddle through the wetlands on a nice, easy kayak ride that gives a different look at many parts of the zoo and its inhabitants. Hop on the Cape to Cairo Express, a train that takes you around Lemur Island, where you can see dromedaries, ostriches, and scimitar oryxes--a species that is extinct in the wild. The zoo is divided into five main areas: Africa, Australasia, Wild Florida, La Selva (the wilderness of South America), and Paws on Play, which has a petting zoo, an aquarium, a pizzeria, and more. If you like zoos but dread the idea of an all-day affair with too much walking, this smaller zoo will appeal to you. If you're a member of another zoo, bring your card and ask if this one has reciprocal admission. Use our Melbourne travel planner to add Brevard Zoo and other attractions to your Melbourne vacation plans.
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  • I had a yearly membership, but they decided to require you to register before you went and to wear a mask. I went twice the whole year because of the mask mandate. Won't be back until they get some...  more »
  • Great little zoo. The animals looked well cared for. Many cages had cross areas from side to the other giving them areas where they can explore. Many volunteers who talked about different animals.....  more »
  • It's always great here at the zoo. I love the new rocking chairs. I really enjoyed seeing the new bear exhibit as well. I think the nursing area near the splash pool is an interesting idea. But as a nursing mother all I can think of is ticks and spiders in that little overgrown area they tucked it into. I recommend trimming away all the close sitting underbrush and putting the chairs away from the plants. Maybe put in some bamboo for a natural privacy screen. Maybe tuck a couple of those neat rocking chairs in there. That being said, I never felt uncomfortable nursing pretty much anywhere in the zoo. But I know some baby's and Mama's need more privacy to get things going.
  • Excellent experience. We came here on a whim just because we wanted something new to do. It was well worth the hour drive. There is a lot to do and see for all ages. Feeding the birds, feeding the giraffes, riding the train, and FEEDING the STINGRAYS!! That was such an awesome experience. You’ll love all the areas and animals this place has. It is pretty cheap compared to other zoos in Florida too. You should definitely give it a shot if you’re looking for an inexpensive experience for all ages.

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