“more than 2,000 rare & exotic animals”
Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure; the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving. Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden; the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2;000 rare and exotic animals; 1,000 varieties of plants; and a Play Park and Splash Grounds for the kids. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident; we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people; wildlife and the environment. Visit today! An annual family fundraiser to benefit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. There will be family oriented activities; food; entertainment; and animal encounters; as well as adult-friendly beverages. Please call (904) 757-4463 ext. 196 to purchase tickets. Join us at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as we appreciate earth’s largest land animal. There will be informational booths; elephant activities; and animal enrichment throughout the day. Join us in an effort to reduce the number of nonnative animals being released into the wild by pet owners who can no longer care for their exotic pets. This event offers an opportunity for people to surrender their nonnative pets free of charge to the FWC with no questions asked. Every attempt will be made to place all healthy animals with qualified adopters. The event will be held in the Main Parking lot of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and is free to the public. EAT. DRINK. ZOO. Join 1;000 of your closest friends at Jacksonville’s most talked about food and drink festival! Get a taste of Jacksonville cuisine and enjoy cocktails; live entertainment by Billy Buchanan & Free Avenue; animal encounters; games; silent auction sponsored by The Rotary Club of North Jacksonville and much more at The Wild Things annual signature fundraising event. $35 for Wild Things members $50 for general admission $75 for tickets purchased after 10/3 $10 upgrade tickets to VIP early admission
This zoo is quite large and has enough flora and fauna to keep your interest for a full day. The walking Safari is a unique way to see how so many species interact in a large, open area. Don't walk past the aviaries! While the animals are breathtaking, most people seem to overlook the thoughtful and incredible landscaping and numerous themed gardens that are placed seamlessly throughout the walking areas of the zoo. There are also several interactive areas for children (splash park, learning center etc) and after a long day of walking and watching, you can catch the train and ride around the park once more and back to the entrance. If you enjoy the zoo as much as my husband and I do, the annual membership is worth every penny and gets you discounts for the train, food, Stingray Bay (stingray petting area?) and also access to members only events throughout the year.
My family and I have been to the Jacksonville Zoo several times. We loved it enough to buy a Membership to the park. They are always building new attractions and adding more animals, so there is always something new to see when we visit. Their new Tiger exhibit is really cool, the tigers walk above your head. I wish the African animals were a bit closer so we could take better pictures. You pretty much have to ride the train to get a good view of them. The Jaguar exhibit is probably the best because of the all the statues and "lost temples" you can explore. It's really beautiful. My kids love the water park they added, there's a squirt park type thing where your kids can play in the water and cool off in the hot Florida sun. Always make sure your kids have their bathing suits on under their clothes and bring sunblock and towels! Close buy to it are plenty of tables and seating, restaurants, snow cones, petting zoo and penguins. There's also a park with a large slide and lots of climbing around the corner as well as the spider monkey exhibit. It took us two full days to explore this entire zoo. I still think we missed a few things. They have a lot of cool large snakes too if reptiles are your thing. Don't forget to check out Florida exhibits and see our local creatures up close and personal. The zoo membership gets you into the alligator farm, aquarium, and several other attractions as well. Worth the money for sure.
. The Jacksonville Zoo in Jacksonville, FL has modern zoo habitats in a garden setting, as well as opportunities to get up close with animals. But that’s not all. We picked 11 of our favorite zoo activities...
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