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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Nestled in a lush oasis on the edge of Lake Monroe, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has something for everyone! We can’t wait until you see and do the Zoo! 

We've been at our present location since July 4, 1975. Each year we engage and educate more than 300,000 visitors, at the Zoo and in the community. The Zoo cares for over 350 animals, representing over 100 species, many of which you can see during your visit to the Zoo. 

See domestic animals in our Barnyard Buddies Children’s Zoo, or see venomous snakes and non-venomous reptiles in our Herpetarium. Meet our animal care specialists during one of our exciting Keeper Chats. Don't miss out on your opportunity to feed the giraffes or touch and feel our greater one-horned rhino during a special rhino encounter.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Sonny’s Q at the Zoo, and definitely don’t forget your bathing suit and hit up the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground! You can also enjoy our Little Florida Coast Line Train and Animal Carousel.

Host your child’s Birthday Party at the Zoo or host your company’s meeting, picnic or your family reunion at the Zoo.    

Animal Carousel

Celebrate wildlife year-round with an Annual ZOO Pass!  Pass holders belong to the wildest place in town & receive free admission to the Zoo.


*Service animals only allowed in the Zoo.