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Brevard Zoo, Melbourne

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With boardwalks that bring you up to the height of a giraffe's head, Brevard Zoo offers an amazing opportunity to see the black-tongued creatures up close, to pet and feed them, and to be photographed with them. This smallish zoo has more than 650 animals, including multicolored lorikeets (like parrots) you can feed and that may sit on your shoulders. Paddle through the wetlands on a nice, easy kayak ride that gives a different look at many parts of the zoo and its inhabitants. Hop on the Cape to Cairo Express, a train that takes you around Lemur Island, where you can see dromedaries, ostriches, and scimitar oryxes--a species that is extinct in the wild. The zoo is divided into five main areas: Africa, Australasia, Wild Florida, La Selva (the wilderness of South America), and Paws on Play, which has a petting zoo, an aquarium, a pizzeria, and more. If you like zoos but dread the idea of an all-day affair with too much walking, this smaller zoo will appeal to you. If you're a member of another zoo, bring your card and ask if this one has reciprocal admission. Use our Melbourne vacation planner to arrange your visit to Brevard Zoo and other attractions in Melbourne.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Great place to spend half day or day walking shaded paths being upclose and personnal with the animals. Extra fun activities included river kayaking, train ride, wadding pool for kids, bird feeding an...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The Brevard zoo is the hidden gem in Central Florida. Instead of visiting these animals in a typical zoo setting, you stroll through an animal sanctuary. Yes there are a few cages, but by far most of ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Brevard Zoo is not a huge zoo, but it is very nicely laid out and has many different animals to see.  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    I've gone to Brevard Zoo since I was five. I just went today with my grandmother and we both had a wonderful time looking at all the animals and talking to staff. Now that I'm moving to Buffalo for college, I have started to really appreciate how amazing this zoo is. It isn't too big, so you can go for just a few hours and not get exhausted- but has enough funding and animals to give a high quality experience to visitors. There's no brick or mortar to be found like in many older zoos (excluding the named bricks in the entrance, which are adorable), instead going for an entirely wooden/rope aesthetic that feels right at home with the Floridian flora that dominates the landscape. The animals are kept large enclosures where you can't always see them- which actually makes me happy because the animals can get away from the crowds if they want. They're all taken care of by people who love their job, and it shows. It may be a small zoo, but it's got more heart than I've seen in the biggest ones.
  • June 25, 2017
    This zoo is amazing! You are so close to the animals! The park and animal habitats are beautiful! You can zip line over the park or kayak through the park. (We did the kayak tour) My son fed the giraffes! We had a blast! I ❤ this place!
  • July 1, 2017
    The best. My family loves it there. Best place to hang out. Meerkats are the cutest animal there. Everyone needs to go a least once they even have a pool for tots. Enjoy
  • July 4, 2017
    Good place to spend a day with kids. Zoo has a good variety of animals. Liked the bird talk and train jaguar shows/demo. Employees and volunteers were very attentive.
  • July 9, 2017
    Very nice nonprofit zoo. Completely geared towards children. They have a wading pool\splash pad area that is attached to an aquarium and petting zoo center. They also have opportunities to feed giraffes, lorikeets, parakeets, and kangaroo. They also offer kayaking around certain parts of the park, zip lines and tree top walks as well as a train ride. The Cantina next to the train is very reasonable for food unlike most zoos and the food is actually decent. They do not have large predator animals such as lions, tigers, bears, and hyenas. However they do have rhinoceros, camels, and giraffes. My children really enjoyed this and so did I.

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