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13 Zoos to explore in Florida


Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues. The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center.

Brevard Zoo
Brevard Zoo8225 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32940, USA

More than 900 animals representing more than 195 species can be seen at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, United States. It was founded in 1986. They wanted a zoo to serve as a "conversation hub where people could learn about animals and nature" for Brevard County.

Brevard Zoo Linear Park
Brevard Zoo Linear Park28°13′18.6″N 80°42′51.1, West Dr, Melbourne, FL 32940, USA

More than 900 animals representing more than 195 species live at the Brevard Zoo. There are four loops at the zoo: Expedition Africa, Lands of Change: Australia and Beyond, Wild Florida, and Rainforest Revealed.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612, USA

335-acre (136 ha) African-themed animal theme park. The park officially features nine roller coasters and two water rides amongst other rides and animal attractions.

Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens3750 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330, USA

60-acre (24 ha) wildlife sanctuary, aviary, zoo, and botanical garden. The grounds contain more than 3,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants including 200-year-old oaks, and 300 plus species of palms. The 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) Everglades aviary houses one of the largest collection of wading birds in the United States.

Gatorland14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, USA

A 110-acre (45 ha) theme park and wildlife preserve. Billed as the "Alligator Capital of the World," Gatorland features thousands of alligators (including rare leucistic alligators) and crocodiles, and many other animals. Attractions in the park include a breeding marsh with a boardwalk and observation tower, zip lines, an off-road swamp vehicle tour, a ridable miniature railroad, alligator feeding shows, alligator wrestling shows, an aviary, a petting zoo, and educational programs.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32218, USA

The zoo occupies approximately 117 acres (47 ha) and has over 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants in its collection. Since 1999 the zoo has been home to a large breeding colony of wild wood storks.

Jungle Island
Jungle Island1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132, USA

Jungle Island, formerly Parrot Jungle, is a relaunched eco-adventure park on Watson Island, Miami, Florida. The park features new pop-up waterslides, an outdoor wind tunnel flight experience, zip lines, escape rooms, a Nerf battle stadium and other attractions.

Monkey Jungle
Monkey Jungle14805 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170, USA

Monkey Jungle is a 30-acre wildlife park established in 1933 for the exhibition and study of endangered monkeys in semi-natural habitats. It is now a popular tourist attraction in this county. The park has about 500 primates of 18 different species running loose.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples, FL 34102, USA

Naples Zoo has about 70 species, but not all of them are on display at any given time. Around a mile-long path winds past the main animal exhibit and through the 1919 tropical garden.

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo3000 NW 83 St Building Z, Gainesville, FL 32606, USA

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo Guided tours are available at the zoo if scheduled ahead of time, and visitors may also take self-guided tours.

SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

Theme park and marine zoological park. When combined with its neighbor Discovery Cove and Aquatica, it forms SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando, an entertainment complex consisting of the three parks and many hotels. In 2018, SeaWorld Orlando hosted an estimated 4.594 million guests, ranking it the 10th most visited amusement park in the United States

Zoo Miami
Zoo Miami12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177, USA

This is a zoological park and garden near Miami and is the largest zoo in Florida. Originally established in 1948 at Crandon Park . This is the only tropical zoo in the continental United States.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park
ZooTampa at Lowry Park1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604, USA

In 2009, Lowry Park Zoo was voted the number one Family Friendly Zoo in the US by Parents Magazine. Nearly 1 million people visit the 65-acre zoo a year to see its more than 1,300 animals.

Map of Zoos to explore in Florida