• Information on the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

    Looking to have a great time in the Lake Mary area? Come see the amazing animals at the Central Florida Zoo! Be astonished by the amazing variety of colorful creatures that live here.

    Many of the exhibits are interactive, ditch the petting zoo and come feed a giraffe! Get fascinated by up close and personal Animal encounters available for you Pre-K to Adult.

    Get on board, sign up now for activities ranging from

    • Animals in action,
    • Really Radical Reptiles,
    • Animals have Class,
    • Creatures of the night,
    • or our personal favorite: Pirates of the ZOOribean! Where you set sail on an epic pirate adventure and meet fascinating animals along the way.

    Take the perfect educational Adventure with your Class, homeschool welcome too! Even overnight Excursions are possible where you will have a chance to see what the animals are up too after dark in the Wild Night camping adventure. Prefer to stay indoor at night? No problem, the indoor Snooze at the Zoo experience will have you equally as captivated.  

    The Central Florida Zoo is a great place to celebrate birthday parties that kids and parents alike will love! Full Zoo admission is included for all partygoers.

    Make a splash in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Grounds, enjoy the beautiful scenery on the train ride, and finally sit back in the designated party room and let the staff serve you food and drinks. All kids leave with age appropriate goodie bags!

    The conservation of animal species is becoming a more important issue as the environmental state of the planet continues to plummet.

    That’s why the Central Florida zoo prides itself on its efforts in the preservation of all the worlds animal species, participating in conservation efforts such as: 1% for the planet, 96 Elephants, Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Bat Conservation International, Bowling for Rhinos, City Bats Conservancy, Clouded Leopard Consortium, Disease Surveillance in Selected Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Gopher Tortoise Council. Keep Seminole Beautiful, The Orianne Society, Round Up for Rhinos, Seafood Watch, Species Survival Plan, River of Lakes Heritage Corridor Scenic Highway, SaveNature.org, St. Johns River Alliance, Wekiva Island, U.S. Green Chamber, and ZOO Education Action League (Z.E.A.L).  

    The Association of Zoos & Aquariums is the main Sponsor of the Central Florida Zoo and have helped in making all of this possible, please take the time to visit their website and consider donating to their cause!   

    Come visit Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens Today! Located on 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, just North of Lake Mary in Sanford FL. To book a Birthday Party, Activity, Tour, or Field Trip, call 407.323.4450. Email information@centralfloridazoo.org for any questions or concerns you may have.  Other Activities: Check out Derby Park

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