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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.


William Martin

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Absolutely loved this zoo. We have been to a ton of zoo's of all sizes and this is definitely one of the best. It's on the smaller size but has a good selection of animals. All the animals are very well taken care they take care of their pens and enclosures very well. The facilities were clean and well maintained. They are offer a ton of stuff for children to do. I absolutely recommend this zoo to everyone. I also live that they incorporate different gardens and plants into the zoo. It's the best of both worlds.

Frosk En

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Suggest finding another place to visit like Wildlife Florida where the animals seem to have a better time and the customers are better appreciated. Central Florida Zoo &Botanical Garden was mostly a waste of money except for a few animals and the refreshing water experience. There’s no way that they have all the animals they advertise having. Most of the animals were hiding or looked miserable. There were no fans or proper cooling options for the humans other than the water splash for the kids. The vending machines only took bills and in these times people mostly only use cards. The places you could buy drinks were without employees except for the 2 main ones. The bathrooms were horrible and really not maintained. The park itself is very worn and not very well maintained either. Suggest skipping this park and going someplace better!

Natalia Pachon

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The zoo was too small. I was able to walk around the entire zoo in 30 minutes. It's great for small children since it is a small zoo. I did regret paying the ticket price since I was out of there within the hour. No botanical gardens either, the "gardens" are the trees and flowers you see around the zoo walkway. I gave three stars because the staff were very nice. If the price was lower it would have been better.

Mari Carreras

Saturday, June 23, 2018
The experience was fantastic. The animals look very healthy. My son had the opportunity to feed a giraffe, and the service was amazing. The trip turned out to be informational and fun from the moment we entered until we left. My 5 year old didn't what to leave. That says a lot.

Jacqueline Brown-Williams

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Not really a zoo and certainly not a botanical garden. Went for a 5 year old's birthday party. Too many distractions for little ones. They only wanted to play in the 'park' and not look at the animals. Which were few and far between. Nice little train ride, but the wait was long. Same with the little Merry-Go-Round. Go someplace else. Find a real zoo if you want to see animals.

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