Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Jacksonville

4.5
Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens is the home of an award-winning exhibit "Range of the Jaguar." This exhibit shows the species, which live in the neotropical rain forests. Other environments include the African Savannah, Great Apes, and the Plains of Africa. Habitats are large and open, and the animals roam through the recreated plains and jungles. Save your feet by touring the zoo on the small train that carries visitors. Start your trip to Jacksonville by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • I am a lifelong resident of Jacksonville and have always considered the zoo to be one of the gems of North Florida. However, they are blatantly disregarding the Mayor’s mask mandate and the majority....  more »
  • My son's employer hosted a fun day at the zoo in the summer of 2019 and I tagged along in that I had just relocated to Jax from Atlanta. I'd visited the Atlanta zoo before also but I was pleasantly...  more »
  • Bamboo and other plants make this zoo extra special. It seemed many of the animals had "unavailable" signs in their habitats. The oriental gardens area is the best and quietest area of the zoo. The....  more »
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  • Really great experience! My 3 year old enjoyed the 4D theater and petting the stingrays. I like that we are allowed to bring our own food as well. Very clean place and friendly staff. We purchased tickets online ahead of time too so we didn't have to wait.
  • It's a lovely zoo!! I wish I took pictures but I was just having fun in the moment!! The animals were adorable and hanging out pretty good in the Florida heat!! You can get so near the giraffes and they were even letting some of the kids feed them...super cute!!! Great day!!
  • Family fun. Always love the animals and my son enjoyed it the most! Tickets are reasonably priced, staff was friendly. Had a place when you walk in for the kids to play in the water. Paid to feed the giraffes but they weren't hungry. Refunded our ticket to get the money back. Overall great time!
  • We had an excellent time and the Jacksonville zoo! The grounds were clean and well maintained. We got lucky and most of the animals were very active. For a couple extra bucks we got to feed the rays and the giraffes which was awesome. Lots of fun!
  • The exhibits here are very nice and some are really cool with the connecting tunnels expanding where the animals can go. They have the coolest tiger exhibit I've ever saw. Other than that I was pretty disappointed. If you decide to pass on the train like we did once you reach the end of the zoo you will have to walk the whole length back to the entrance so you can leave. By the end we realized what a mistake that was. We found one water fountain the whole time and it didn't hold pressure for very long. We filled one water bottle up before it stopped. There's 6 of us. Unless you want to take your chances filling up in a bathroom sink you'll have to buy bottled water somewhere. It's Florida, it's hot, get more water fountains that work. Knowing all this we'll be more prepared next time since we bought a membership. It's worth it if you have a large family.

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