Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Sanford

#1 of 6 in Parks in Sanford
Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens houses a small zoo in a tropical tree-filled setting that also features a tree-to-tree aerial course, water playground, miniature railway, and carousel. Visit the zoo and feed the giraffes, wander through the herpertarium to see reptiles and amphibians, and see the fossa, the largest predatory animal of Madagascar. In the adventure park, a zipline course runs through the tree canopy, allowing you to view the world as tree-dwelling animals do. Bring your swimsuit and cool off in the Wharton-Smith tropical splash ground. A little train takes you along a 1.6 km (1 mi) track through wetlands, woods, and a long tunnel. Add Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and other attractions to your Sanford trip itinerary using our Sanford trip itinerary maker.
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  • The Sanford zoo is not large, but it has a wide variety of animals and the price of admission was reasonable and the cost of food was not overpriced.  more »
  • The Central Florida Zoo is well maintained and a pleasant place to spend some time. The signage for both the animals and plants is good. Although it may be necessary to have timed tickets at some...  more »
  • We visited here Labor Day weekend 2019. I have to say, this was probably one of the highlights of my trip to the area. I absolutely loved this Zoo, and so did my children. First, the parking is free. This is almost impossible to find in this area. Second, they're not a gimmicky type of Zoo. They have a gift shop, but it's not big and not the focus of it - the animals are. I LOVED the plethora of tortoises they had, and that they're given ample space and treated well. Everything was well laid out and we were able to traverse it in about an hour, looking at everything. The building that housed the snakes and lizards was awesome! We accidentally came during a live feeding and that was SO cool to watch. My kids were in awe. Just an absolutely fantastic, family-centric location. If you're on the fence whether to take your kids here if visiting the area, GO! I bet you both will have a great time for the price!!
  • Really for the price you can’t beat it. It’s easy to get to. The staff is super friendly. FYI all the features like feeding a giraffe cost a little more. I think it was 3 or 5 dollars but they will let you share the lettuce. So it’s really worth it! Oh and the petting zoo I think was a dollar so NBD. But for sure bring cash because it was cash only once inside the zoo or a 5 dollar minimum.

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