Fun at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

You’ll love a zoo! Or something like that, I’ve been told in the past. Seriously, though: Have you ever had a chance to visit the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford? After all this time I’ve spent in Orlando as a resident I’m only just now getting around to checking in out and I’ve got to tell you – it’s a pretty good time.

Truth be told my main purpose for going was to experience the zoo’s zip line course. I’ve heard mixed things about it over the years so I wanted to go and make my own opinion about it. There are two parts to the course, and it’s recommended to have several hours to experience both. I only had the time to do the first part of the course which is actually prior to entering the animal exhibits (i.e., “the zoo”). I’ve been zip lining before on a much more intense course, but the Seminole Aerial Adventures Course was not leisurely by any means. It went a little something like this:

So it wasn’t exactly like that. I mean, that’s it, hurling over the parking lot as patrons enter the grounds. But obviously we stayed within the speed limit. The lines do soar over parking lots, trees, and guests entering the park. But even for those who are completely green and inexperienced there’s a “guide” who accompanies you and your party the entire time. If there are ever any questions or concerns about safety the entire time…they’re there.


The course is an addition charge from admission to the zoo but it’s worth it…at least once. Children’s admission is $14.95 and experiencing the Upland part of the course (first part) is $35.95. This could change at any time so it’s recommended to consult with the Zoo’s website prior to going: http://www.centralfloridazoo.org/attractions/aerial-adventures/.

As we head into the animal exhibit part of the zoo you’ll find some common things like tigers, monkeys, snakes and more. One of the things I really liked and feel is set apart from other zoos is the Central Florida Zoo almost feels like a safari – weaving through the woods and marshy areas of the land.

Here are a few “new friends” that were encountered:

The American Alligator
Red-Ruffed Lemur
West African Green Mamba
West African Green Mamba

PRO TIP: I went toward the end of the day and many of the animals had been “put away for the evening.” Therefore, I missed some of the ones I’d really wanted to see. Just something to be mindful of when planning your visit for the day. Learn about all of the animals currently on display at the zoo here.

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Location deets:

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 W. Seminole Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32771

How about you? Have you ever been to the Central Florida Zoo? What was your favorite part about it?

What are your thoughts on this topic?

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