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Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, West Palm Beach

4.2
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Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society houses more than 700 animals in lush habitats. See local species, including black swans and panthers, at the cypress swamp in the Florida Pioneer Trail exhibit. Head to the award-winning Tropics of the Americas exhibit to view Mayan pyramids and nocturnal animals, such as bats and anteaters. If you'd like to get even closer to the animals, behind-the-scenes access is available with a reservation and for an additional fee. Regular admission covers daily events, such as tiger and alligator feedings. If you're travelling with children, leave time for the carousel, safari train, and play tent. Use our West Palm Beach vacation builder to visit Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society on your trip to West Palm Beach, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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4.3
  • My husband and I were very impressed by this zoo. We are not zoo connoisseurs by any means but did not expect all this zoo had to offer in the middle of Palm Beach. I loved the variety of birds. The s...  more »
  • Average at best! Half of the attractions were closed when we went and there's not that many enclosures as there is. It was rather expensive relative to what it was and wasn't worth the money. May be s...  more »
  • Took children and guests there several times. Its not large so you can view the grounds within 2 hours max. Highlight of our visit were the free roaming peacocks that loved to pose for the camera.  more »
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  • A stroll through the Palm Beach Zoo is lovely with so much shade. The animals are very close, the Zoo keepers are friendly and knowledgeable, and there is a large splash fountain to cool off by on a hot summer day. We made a mosaic at a fundraiser a couple of years ago, and it is so wonderful to see it still in the butterfly garden today! We also look forward to the fall. Palm Beach Zoo has trick-or-treating, which is so much fun at the zoo. We always have a good time here.
  • I love this zoo so much, I am currently volunteering here, when you spend time here you understand why everything is the way it is, all the staff I have met have been really friendly, almost everything that people may question, there is a rhyme or reason for it. I sat down for the wild things show and watching them do their presentation and seeing the happiness of the crowd and children almost brought tears to my eyes because it was so special and I love what they do at Palm Beach zoo, they strive for conservation and do whatever it takes to help the animals and educate the community when I am there I know I am in the exactly the right place that I need to be. I will always continue to refer people to this zoo!
  • Went to the Palm Beach Zoo today. Extremely disappointed in the way the animals are treated. No water to be found, they look miserable, hot, and uncared for. What's even worse is the way I heard a waitress treat a group of special needs students. They were there for what I assume was a class field trip, and went into the restaurant to eat. They were very well behaved, pleasant children. A waitress approached frantically and told them they needed to leave because they couldn't have that many special needs children there. I am outraged and disgusted that anyone would act this way or speak so harshly so the children, parents, and staff. Having a sister with special needs and being part of the autism community, it makes me sick to see such discrimination. I will be spreading the word of this experience, and will never return to this zoo.
  • Beautiful and clean zoo, where it feels more like a nature walk and the animals were a plus. The entire park is mostly shaded by their trees so you don't suffer through heat and blaring sun. We were there at noon when it should be the hottest time of day but we were cooled the entire time. The exhibits were easy to find. There are plenty of places to sit if one wants to take his time to enjoy the view. The only cons about this place are the lack of restrooms stalls and the cafe. Avoid the cafe! The customer service is horrendous, the hostess was rude, the waitress was missing from the floor most of the time and the wait time was way too long considering there were less than 20 patrons there. I even overheard how a child complained to her mother, "Where is the food? I'm hungry. " and rightfully so, they waited over 45 minutes for a plate of french fries and chicken tenders. Food arrived at room temp and wasn't worth the price or wait. I would recommend eating before coming to the zoo or bring lunch with you.
  • We weren't able to even see half the animals. Then the birds they had there are in my front yard everyday! It was a nice family time but we thought there would be more exotic animals. Price was good. The restaurant in zoo......0 stars. Food was cold and over cooked AND way overpriced. Safe yourself some $ and eat when you get out of zoo.

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West Palm Beach's Atlantic coastline sports several hotels, including a number of luxurious and iconic establishments. Those who want to save some money can find several mid-range and budget chain hotels and motels located farther inland. If you want to make the most of West Palm Beach's vibrant nightlife, consider accommodation near CityPlace or Clematis Street, which host numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs. Those planning a longer stay in the area should consider a vacation rental, which provides added amenities such as a kitchen and laundry facilities.
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