Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Jacksonville

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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Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens Reviews
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  • October 4, 2017
    This is a great zoo with something for everyone. The staff is informed and friendly. The exhibits look interesting and comfortable for the animals. They have a veterinary hospital on site as well as e...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Went with my son and his family from Georgia. Had a great time! They thought it was much better than the Atlanta Zoo. I agree.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Great time. As always the kids loved it. They were a little disappointed that the ape exhibit was closed for remodeling.  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    We had a great day at the zoo. The animals seem well cared for and their enclosures look more than adequate. They had a great diversity of animals. We had lunch there as well and their prices were good. $6 for a kids meal and around $10 for an adult. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable too. I'm glad I finally made it there after living here for five years.
  • June 7, 2017
    It's a zoo. Not rating it higher than three stars is probably more to do with how zoos make me feel then anything else. I do understand that this zoo is run largely on donations. There are some places that look and feel a bit run down. For the most part it looks like they do a good job. It's a great place to take the kids for a day trip. Food and drinks aren't ridiculously priced at least in comparison to buying them at a theme park.
  • June 4, 2017
    Great place for a family get away great variety of animals to see. There is really so much to see so I would plan for a day trip and they also have a little water park for the kiddos inside so pack the kids swim wear. Most of the walkways are shaded so you don't have to worry too much about sun exposure. Really the best zoo I have been to in awhile.
  • July 8, 2017
    The Jacksonville Zoo is ok. I don't like the confusion their ticket packages cause. We waited in line for so long because people couldn't figure out what ticket package they needed or wanted, and in the end it just feels like a gimmick. A 3D movie package and ride the train. It's a Zoo not a movie theater, why is this even an option, and it's lame to charge extra for the train. Otherwise it was just too hot. Wait till fall.
  • June 20, 2017
    The zoo is great fun. It's large enough to offer diversity, but small enough that you can do in a couple hours if needed. Littles will enjoy the splash pad, petting zoo and jungle gym. While there are some exhibits only visible from the train (like 2), I wouldn't recommend as it only has two stops, runs infrequently and runs out of space. The tiger exhibit in Asia is awesome and worth the seemingly long trek out of the way. The Jaguar exhibit in South America is a must see.

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