Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Nestled in a lush wetland oasis on the edge of Lake Monroe, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has something for everyone! Stroll among the trees and get a feel for natural Florida while you watch otters swim and black bears play. Catch a break from the Florida sunshine and stop in our Herpetarium or Insect Zoo. Get up-close and learn about our animals during a giraffe feeding, rhino encounter, or Keeper Chat. 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! Search for butterflies and caterpillars in the gardens located throughout the Zoo. After going wild at the Central Florida Zoo, be sure explore the rest of beautiful and vibrant Historic Downtown Sanford. We can’t wait until you see and do the Zoo!

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, a worldwide leader in animal care and welfare standards and conservation initiatives.



Bus Parking, Buyout Available, Buyout Available, Concessions

Average Visit Time

2 - 3 hours




AAA Discount, Group Discount, Military Discount, Senior Citizen Discount

Guest Information

Family Friendly, LGBTQ Friendly