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“Excellent way to spend the day!”

Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
Ranked #2 of 176 things to do in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 73-acre park is the only zoo in Florida's northeast.
Reviewed January 16, 2018

I have been to many zoos around the country and this is definitely one of the more enjoyable. It is small in comparison to San Diego or the Bronx Zoo but it makes up for it in atmosphere and cleanliness. The gardens are beautiful and the zoo is very well maintained. The animals are kept in natural feeling habitats and it is a wonderful and enjoyable stroll through the park. There are many activities for children including a train ride, small water park for cooling off and a nice gift shop.

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

The elephant area is far too small. The layout overall is nice and guides around to see most things. Penguins are hidden in the kids area. The problem I had was that they have 2 Entertainment Book Coupons through the portal. These have been out every year for years. One is mobile. One is to be printed. They acted confused. A woman with a speech impediment refused at first to honor the coupon saying it was only good on Fridays. However, the coupon clearly states good every day except for certain dates in Spring. There's even a number to call. She looked exasperated and tried to hide in her back office. I explained to her she needed to read it and I use it every year. She then honored it. How can they hassle someone over something so common that's been around for years?

Thank Calvin B
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Reviewed January 11, 2018

We took the Jacksonville Water Taxi to the zoo from the friendship fountain. It was so cool to visit the zoo this way and they bring you straight to the zoo's private boat dock. The zoo grounds are beautiful and the walking flow through the zoo is really unique. This zoo could possibly be the nicest zoo I have ever visited. An incredible array of animals living in gorgeous habitats.

Thank williamrA4706HF
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

Went with a group and had a good time. Have not been to the zoo in many years. It was interesting and the staff was very friendly. The food was good in the cafeteria.

Thank Matteress
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Loved taking the grandkids to the Zoo in Jacksonville. They especially loved the "hospital" where they could "x-ray" and "operate" on the animals (stuffed). They could bandage them, and it was a perfect place for Noni to get out of the heat for a while. :-) We all had a great time, and I highly recommend it.

Thank SSI-Local
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