Some local zoos are boring—not this one! The Central Florida Zoo is one of the area’s most overlooked attractions. Probably because of its out-of-the-way location in the city of Sanford, between Orlando and Daytona.
Yet the Central Florida Zoo it is a good change of pace for parents and their young children who feel it is time to do something without crowds of people around.
And it’s an exciting place, too, with its own zip line attraction designed to take young children through a series of courses and turn them into daredevils.
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Afterwards, kids can cool off in the water splash playground. See the whole range of activities.
In the animal department, the Central Florida Zoo contains many animals both endangered and common. They include the clouded leopard, cheetah, puma and various monkeys. The zoo’s famed Asian elephant was moved to Miami following the death of its companion.
The extensive collection of reptiles is probably the real standout. It features an amazing variety of lizards, snakes (many, many snakes) along with alligators and crocodiles.
Check to find out if visits at feeding times are available. That’s when many animals that usually laze around during the day are at their most active and photogenic.
Directions: From Orlando on I-4 going toward Daytona, take Exit 104 (Hwy 17-92). Turn left from exit ramp onto Hwy 17-92. The Zoo is 1/8 mile on the right on Hwy 17-92; 3755 NW Hwy 17-92 Sanford, FL 32771
Founded in 1923 with a collection of donated animals held by the Sanford Fire Department, the Zoo moved several times before arriving at its current location in 1975.