Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens - Sanford, FL

The family is finally on board with helping knock things off the bucket list and adding them to the home page, so we decided to start with the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford.  The price is extremely reasonable $12/adults and $8/kids and we figured it was something that we would only need a couple of hours to do instead of the entire day.  It only took us about 45 minutes to get there and getting to the zoo from I-4 was extremely easy.  The first thing I noticed was that you do not have to pay for parking, which is definitely a plus.  Now let me start off by saying that this is not the normal very large, highly crowded zoo but more of a laid back smaller zoo.

Upon entering we noticed that for an additional fee that the zoo offers ziplining for both adults and kids.  The kids course was extremely cute as it is only like 4 feet of the ground, but allows them to have the fun without being scared of being to high.  There was also a train that you could ride for an additional expense $3/adults, $2/childrn, but we decided against both this time around.  Included in your admission to the zoo they do have a splash playground area that allows you and your kids to cool off if you are there when it is extremely hot out.  Just remember to bring their suits because it looked like a lot of fun running through the streams of water shooting out of the ground.

We saw many animals while at the zoo, but our favorite area by far was the petting zoo where we were able to feed the goats and Zebu's and pet the llama.  I think the kids would have stayed all day just in this one area. 

If you are looking to do something that is both affordable and enjoyable for your kids, I would suggest taking the drive and checking out this small friendly zoo.

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