Home to over 1,500 animals and 1,000 plant varieties, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been constantly growing and improving with the addition of new exhibits and programs. Visitors can escape to the lush African oasis at the beautiful Savanna Blooms
Home to over 1,500 animals and 1,000 plant varieties, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has been constantly growing and improving with the addition of new exhibits and programs. Visitors can escape to the lush African oasis at the beautiful Savanna Blooms Exhibit or stroll along Florida's only Walking Safari, a 1,400-foot-long boardwalk offering views of rhinos, crocodiles, lions, elephants and cheetahs. At Range of the Jaguar, guests can venture into the tunnels of the Lost Temple, where capybaras, giant anteaters, pygmy marmosets and poison dart frogs make their homes. The zoo also offers train and carousel rides, guided tours and keeper talks.
Aside from Savanna Blooms, the zoo is also home to a new garden space at Trout River Plaza. Overlooking the Trout River, the gardens are brimming with shaded trees, theme lighting, sprawling vines and Grecian-style columns and urns that impart a certain classical look. More gardens are in the works at the zoo, including an Asian bamboo garden.
The Zoo and Gardens may be rented out for private events, with several different options available to accommodate virtually any type of gathering or party. The Gardens at Trout River Plaza feature event space that affords guests views of scenic Trout River, and the Riverview Courtyard area is a perfect spot for small gatherings or cocktail parties. For more traditional business meetings, the Kenya Boardroom is equipped with a large meeting table, executive chairs and attractive bamboo dcor.
The Zoo and Gardens are open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. From early March to early September, the Zoo's summer hours are extended to 6 PM on the weekends. Admission is $7.50 for children ages 3-12 and $12 for adults. Combination tickets, which include a train ride, are $8.50 for children and $14.50 for adults. Group rates are available.