Every year approximately 250,000 visitors flock to Central Florida Zoo to see its mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian, and insect exhibits. Once you’ve browsed through the exhibits, enjoy the view from the Aerial Adventure Course.
If you’d like your children to increase their zoological knowledge, there are summer camps, preschool programs, and scout programs available.
Central Florida Zoo Coupons
Central Florida Zoo coupons can grant you free admission to the zoo and various other discounts on educational programs and gift shop purchases. To receive these benefits you must purchase an annual zoo pass. There are 8 levels of membership available from which you can choose. These include single, family premier, keeper’s circle, senior plus, conservationist, single plus, family, and grandparent.
The membership program offers tons of ways to save through coupons and discounts.
Groups: If you come to the zoo in a group you will get a discount on each ticket. (see more info and prices in the Zoo Info Tab)
Hotels Near the Central Florida Zoo:
If you’re on a tight budget, there are a few hotels near the Central Florida Zoo where you can stay for under $100 per night. Such hotels include the Palms Island Resort & Marina; Comfort Inn And Suites Sanford; and Deltona Inn.
Would you like to spend a night in the Discovery Center of the zoo or sleep outside on the zoo’s grounds? You can do so with the indoor “Snooze at the Zoo” program and “Wild Night” respectively. With the indoor program, you’ll be taken on a flashlight tour of the zoo, and treated to popcorn and a movie. With the outdoor program, on the other hand, you’ll be taken on a nocturnal tour and have an opportunity to relax and unwind around a campfire.
Central Florida Zoo Hours:
The Central Florida Zoo’s hours of operation are from
- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily,
excluding Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve the zoo closes at 3:00 p.m.
Central Florida Zoo Prices:
Adults (13-59): $12.95
Seniors 60+: $10.95
Children (3-12): $8.95
Children (0-2): Free
Central Florida Zoo Members: Free
Groups: The zoo offers group rates for groups of 15 or more persons.
Phone Number: 407-323-4450
Directions: If you’re coming from Brevard County, travel on Interstate 95 heading to State Road and get off at exit 81 (Sanford/Mims). Drive west heading in the direction of Sanford. Make a right on Highway 17-92 and continue on that course and go around the lake front. The zoo is located on the left, just two miles away from the hospital.
If you’re coming from Lake county, travel south on Highway 441 until you arrive at State Road 46. Drive in an easterly direction on 46 until you arrive at I-4. Travel east on I-4 and get off at exit 104. You’ll see signs that take you directly to the zoo.
If you’re coming from Orlando, travel on the I-4 and get off at exit 104 (Highway 17-92). Make a left off the exit ramp onto 17-92. Drive 1/8 mile and the zoo is located on the right. If you’re coming on Central Florida Greenway (417), drive north until you arrive at I-4. Continue on I-4 and get off at exit 104 (Highway 17-92). Make a left off the exit ramp onto 17-92. Drive 1/8 mile and the zoo is located on the right.
If you’re coming from Volusia County drive west on I-4 and get off at exit 104. Make a right off the exit ramp onto 17-92. Drive 1/4 mile and the zoo is located on the right. If you’re travelling along Highway 17-92, continue in the direction of Sanford. Once you past the St. John’s River Bridge, the zoo is located on the right.
Central Florida Zoo Jobs:
There are two types of Central Florida Zoo jobs. Both opportunities are structured as internships. With the three-month college internship, you’ll receive credit from your school once you’ve successfully completed all the requirements. To apply for the college internship, you must fill out a volunteer application and submit it along with a letter of interest and an endorsement letter from your professor stating that the internship is for college credit and details of what the student should gain from the experience. If you’d like to gain hands on experience in the zoo field, the life experience internship will be the ideal option. You must submit a 300-word essay explaining why you’d like to partake in the program and what you expect to gain from your participation. Your essay must be accompanied by a completed volunteer application; two letters of reference (one from an employer and one from a teacher); and proof of health insurance. Interns must commit to at least two days per week and eight hours each day. For more information on jobs at the zoo, visit the employment opportunities section of its website.
Nature lovers can enjoy the scenery during an airboat ride with one of the many airboat tours available in the area. If your adventurous spirit isn’t satisfied with an airboat ride, go waterskiing. Other places to visit in Central Florida include Davidson of Dundee; Barnett Family Park/Sunflower Preschool Playground; and Exploration V Children’s Museum.