The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers guests more ways to learn and have fun with experiences like the Wildlife Train taking riders around the Zoo with two locations to hop on/off throughout their visit. The artistic Wildlife Carousel allows children to go for a ride on wildly colorful animals such as lions, tigers, eagles, okapi and more. At the nearby 4D Theater, learn about animals in their natural habitats and global conservation efforts. For little ones, the Splash Ground and Play Park are included with Zoo admission and provide a fun way to cool off during the warmer months.
The botanical garden exhibits can be found throughout the Zoo, integrated among the animal exhibits. The two-acre Savanna Blooms, near the Giraffe Overlook, is home to a South African oasis with grasslands and African water lilies. Nearby at The Gardens at Trout River Plaza, the centerpiece is an overflowing fountain with an Anhinga sculpture and 13 Grecian-style “living” columns topped with overflowing flowering urns. This area is popular for after-hours, private events. Enjoy the breeze off the water at the Riverview Gardens where guests can discover plants that support and attract pollinators. This garden changes with the seasons, providing a new landscape throughout the year. Other botanical areas within the zoo include the Rivers of Color Garden and the Asian Bamboo Garden, home to the Orchid Pavilion and the Weeping Tree Bridge. The Gardens at Range of the Jaguar feature live oak trees native to Florida and exotic tropical plants from around the world.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens prides itself on teaching guests about conservation efforts and allowing them to learn about different species through interactive and educational experiences. Always evolving and growing, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is one of Northeast Florida’s premiere attractions.