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Sanford - Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

3755 NorthWest Highway 17-92


First established as the Sanford Zoo in 1923 with a collection of donated animals held by the Sanford Fire Department. In 1941, the zoo was relocated to new facilities in downtown Sanford, on the site of the present City Hall.

The Zoo of today, opened its doors at its present site on July 4, 1975 and it continues to grow as Seminole County's premier recreational and educational attraction.

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens boasts over 400 animals, 23 acres of native gardens, animal encounters, train and carousel rides and ZOOM Air Adventures. With something for everyone, the adventures are endless.


The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and to engaging and educating our guests by sharing knowledge and celebrating our natural world.


Ian Duggan

Friday, May 11, 2018
This zoo is great. We loved the rhino experience and the giraffe feeding. The snake collection is one of the best I've ever seen. It is a smaller zoo so don't expect the size and variety of a major zoo. We covered pretty much everything in 3 hours. It seems to be mostly funded by family donations. There is currently construction going on to get the many boardwalks replaced but that didn't impact our visit much. I am interested in doing the high ropes course when my kids are older. I am surprised anybody gave this zoo less than a 4 star rating. I almost didn't go based on the poor reviews. Very glad I didn't listen to people who rated down a zoo because of food, their personal view on animal cage size, and their expectation that all animals should be smiling at them. I've been to a lot of zoos, big and small, accross the country and this exceeded my expectations.

Cecily Boche

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
My boyfriend took me here for my birthday since he knows I love animals. This place is a great place to come and spend some time outdoors. They have a lot of encounters with animals that allow you to feed and touch them. It was a great time. I would definitely come again. A great place for the little kids as well!

Sean Douglas

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Quite a smaller zoo I must admit, but they do a good job at it. Some areas are kind of decapitated but it's not bad. The staff is what makes the place. Very engaged and love the animals. The "Keeper Talks" are entertaining and informative. The place wasn't crowded either which makes it so much better. Plus you can pet a real rhino and feed giraffes, I liked it. It would be a good place to fill a few hours that are open on your itinerary.

Sarah Grant

Monday, April 9, 2018
Normally, you can't go wrong when it comes to a zoo. I mean, kids love animals. Mostly, this was an awesome visit. There were a few things that happened during our stay that made it a bit of a rough day but we made it through the day without making it a bad day. There Is an amazing selection of animals to see considering the price to visit the zoo is not so high. Overall, it's a good zoo and I would recommend going.

Jala J

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Had a wonderful time at this Zoo. All of the animal exhibits are setup so that can you are close to the animals and can really see them without feeling like you're too far away/can't see them at all. The only downside was that a few of the animal enclosures looked far too small because of this, and I felt a bit sad for a few of them, largely the black panther whose living space Is far too small and almost cruel. Some animals seemed to have lots of space and seemed happy, while others not nearly enough. They also offer giraffe feeding and a rhino encounter. The rhino encounter filled up so I was unable to get a spot, but the giraffe feeding is unlimited and well worth the $5. You get 3 stalks of lettuce per $5, and can feed the giraffe 3 times, once per piece! Great photo opportunity and a chance to be literally 1 inch away from a giraffe. Beautiful animals. We went on a Saturday and while the park was busy, it was not crowded and you didn't feel overwhelmed. It's a nice small zoo that's cleverly run so that you get to see all the animals and even interact with some. Be sure to catch the snake talk/demonstration, it was worth seeing!

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