Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving.  Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Address:

370 Zoo Parkway

Jacksonville, FL 32218

P. (904) 757-4463

W. Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

E. Education@jacksonvillezoo.org

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden Hours

Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 364 days a year

Observed Holidays

Christmas Day

Gates close one hour prior to Zoo closing. Subject to change for events.Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 364 days a year

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden Admission

Tickets are sold daily at the front gate until one hour before closing.

Buy Tickets Online!

ZOO PARKING IS FREE

VALUE TICKETS (includes Admission, Stingray Bay, 4D Ride and unlimited Train and Carousel rides):

$23.95 Adults (age 13 to 64)

$21.95 Seniors (age 65+)

$16.95 Child (age 3 to 12)

FREE – Children age 2 and under

JACKSONVILLE ZOO AND GARDEN GENERAL ADMISSION:

$15.95 Adults (age 13 to 64)

$13.95 Seniors (age 65+)

$10.95   Children (3 to 12)

FREE – Children age 2 and under

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens offers a 10% discount on regular General Admission tickets only (excludes the already discounted Value Ticket) with an Active Military ID or valid AAA Membership card. Proof of eligibility must be presented at the time of purchase. Discounts are not available online. Discounts cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.

JACKSONVILLE ZOO AND GARDEN DAILY EXHIBIT & RIDE FEES:

4D Ride (per ride):

$4.00 non-member

$3.00 member

Must be at least 42” tall to ride.

Train Rides (unlimited):

$4.00 plus tax Adult non-member

$2.00 plus tax Child non-member (3 to 12)

$3.50 plus tax Adult member

$1.50 plus tax Child member (3 to 12)

FREE – Children age 2 and under

Stingray Bay:

$2.00 non-member

$1.00 member

$1.00 to feed (when food is available)

Wildlife Carousel (per ride):

$2.00 Child (all ages) – members and non-members

FREE – Parents needing to escort small children

Animal Encounters:

Giraffe Feedings – $2.00 per person

Lorikeet Feedings – $1.00 per person per cup of nectar

Pygmy Goat Grooming – FREE

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden Group Rates

Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more paid guests. Reservations and prepayment are required and must be made a minimum of two weeks prior to your visit.  This rate is not available at the gate.

Please note: If you are calling to schedule a school group, please contact our Education Department at (904) 757-4463, ext. 122

Adult (13-64 years) – $12.95

Children (3-12 years) – $9.25

Senior (65 years and up) – $11.95

(In order to receive the Senior rate the entire group must be Seniors)

Group Rates are not available for the Train, Stingray Bay or Wildlife Carousel. Regular rates will apply.

Scheduling and Payment 

Reservations are taken by the Corporate Events Coordinator. To make a reservation please call (904) 757-4463, ext. 120 with your confirmed guests count.  A date will be scheduled at that time to pick up your tickets. We are not able to accommodate walk-in customers requesting Group Rate tickets. Payment can be made with credit cards, company checks or cashiers checks. Personal checks are not accepted.

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School Field Trips Grades 1 - 12

School Field Trips at the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

School Groups Grades Pre K – 12th Grade

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to over 1,400 species of animals and 2,000 species of plants from around the world.  It is also the field trip destination for nearly 100,000 school students, teachers and chaperones every year from as far away as Columbia, SC & Savannah, GA, Orlando & Tallahassee, FL.  Whether you are studying Life Cycles and Adaptations or Animal Behavior or Ecosystems, there is plenty to see and do while visiting the Zoo.  Field trips are self-guided, but we encourage you to download scavenger hunts, attend keeper talks and schedule an education program to maximize the resources available to you and your students while you are here.

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden Education Rates

Public and private school groups of 15 or more receive a deeply discounted Education Rate when they visit the Zoo between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday – Friday during regular school days and make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.  For more information or to request a field trip via e-mail, please send requests to the Education Department or call (904) 757-4463, ext. 122.

DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC & PRIVATE SCHOOLS of 15 or more receive FREE admission and 1 chaperone for every 10 students receives FREE admission when they visit the Zoo between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday – Friday during regular school days and make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 2ND GRADES are required to participate in the Classroom Programs when scheduling a Zoo field trip.  Through a memorandum of understanding with the Duval County School Board, these grades are approved for field trips to the Zoo when they participate in the on-site program.  Student admission is FREE, 1 adult per 10 students are admitted FREE, and the on-site program is FREE.

SEASONAL WARNING

March, April & May are the busiest months for school visits to Jacksonville zoo and garden.  Nearly 50,000 or 50% of our annual field trip attendance occurs during these spring months, and our programming schedule fills to capacity.  To avoid the reservation rush, make your reservation TODAY!  Or, avoid the spring rush and plan your visit for fall or winter.

Scavenger Hunts

The Education Department has prepared a variety of scavenger hunts to help you maximize the educational resources at the Jacksonville Zoo and garden in Florida.  All of the answers may be found in animal graphics and identification panels at the exhibits.

Basic Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Freshwater Food Web Activity in Play Park

Play Park Scavenger Hunt

Upper Elementary Culture Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Upper Elementary Animal Population Dynamics Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Upper Elementary Habitats & Geography Scavenger Hunt & Answer Sheet

Secondary Scavenger Hunt for Range of the Jaguar

Are you using The Great Water Odyssey™ curricula from the St. Johns River Water Management District for 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades?

The Great Water Odyssey™ Scavenger Hunt in Play Park & Answer Sheet .pdf

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden Field Trip Policies

  • Teachers, chaperones and students are expected to follow these guidelines while visiting the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
  • One adult chaperone is required to accompany every 10 students at all times regardless of student’s age.  Chaperones must stay with the students (all ages) and are responsible for the behavior of the students under their supervision at all times.
  • Students must wear nametags that identify each by first name and school regardless of age.
  • Please observe our “NO FEEDING” policy.  Zoo animals are on special diets and outside food can be harmful.  Feeding is allowed in selected animal areas. Only feed the food available for purchase in these areas.
  • For your safety, we ask that you observe all signs and gates.  Please stay on the public walkways and do not climb on or over fences.
  • The Zoo is proud to be a smoke free and tobacco free facility.  The use of tobacco products is prohibited in the parking lot and on Zoo grounds.
  • Food may not be brought into the zoo.  A picnic area is provided at the south end of the parking lot.
  • Want to avoid the hassle of picnicking?  Reserve lunches through the Zoo’s catering department!

LUNCHES MUST BE RESERVED AT THE SAME TIME THE FIELD TRIP RESERVATION IS MADE AND ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST- SERVED BASIS. The number of lunches that the Jacksonville Zoo and garden can accommodate per day is limited.  When the lunch reservations are at capacity, the Zoo cannot accommodate last minute requests should you change your mind later.


Classroom Programs

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden Classroom Programs

Formal education programs at the PepsiCo Foundation Education Campus may be scheduled Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.  Our presentations focus on a grade-level appropriate subject and include up-close and hands-on animal encounters.  Programs are available for Pre-K through twelfth grade curricula and have been developed in conjunction with the Sunshine State Standards and the Common Core Standards.  Program activity packets are emailed in advance of the program and include vocabulary lists, suggested reading lists, as well as suggested activities.  The fee for one program is $50 per class (up to 25 people) and does not include admission into the Zoo.  Admission to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is an additional fee if applicable.  Choose from the following list of programs.  If you don’t see a class that fits your needs, our Educators can create a program just for you with at least 6 weeks notice.

Pre-K (30 minutes) choose from:

Animal Friends – This classroom program is designed to help answer the questions: How do animals help people?  How can people help animals?  Which animals make good pets, and what do pets need?  Children will learn how they can help and show respect for wild and domestic animals.

Storybook Programs (Designed for groups of 24 or fewer) – These Story Safaris include a popular children’s storybook, a themed hands-on activity for each child and an encounter with an animal from the book.  Choose from:

  • The Parrot Tico Tango, by Anna Witte
  • Philly Joe Giraffe’s Jungle Jazz, by Andy Blackman Hurwitz
  • Inch by Inch, by Leo Lionni, or
  • In the Forest, by Maurice Pledger

Kindergarten (30 minutes)

Animal Life– What does it mean to be “alive”?  What does a living thing need to survive?  Explore the world of living things and learn the characteristics of living and non-living things.

1st Grade choose from:

Life Cycles – Explore the basic developmental stages of plants and animals.  Learn about metamorphosis and how young plants and animals may look different from their parents. See how living things grow and change and how plants and animals are like their parents but may look different.  Also learn how an animal’s family life may be different from ours.

Animal Senses – How do people and animals use their senses to learn about the world?  What organs provide us with our senses?  Join us as we compare and contrast how people and animals use their senses to survive.

2nd Grade choose from:

Backbones and Bodies – Learn about the parts of the human body:  the skeleton, muscles, heart, lungs and brain.  Learn how they compare to other vertebrate animals using examples from the vertebrate classes – fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Adaptations – What tools do plants and animals have to help them survive in their environment?  Some plants and animals are built for life on land some are built for life in the water.  Discover living things’ amazing adaptations for both.

3rd Grade choose from:

Fur, Feathers, Scales and Slime – In this program, we will discover the basic characteristics of the vertebrate classes: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Ecosystems – Join us as we explore the characteristics of some of the following ecosystems: tundra, taiga, deciduous forests, grasslands, deserts, tropical rain forests and freshwater.  Learn what adaptations the animals living in those systems need to ensure their survival.

Grades 4 and 5 choose from:

Endangered Species – Why do species become extinct?  What can be done to save them?  Discover how animals become threatened or endangered and what you can do to help save them.

Florida Habitats – Explore with us the variety of habitats found in Florida and discover the plants and animals found here.  Some are fragile and some are disappearing; learn what you can do to help conserve them for future generations.

Grades 6 thru 8 choose from:

Ecosystems – Join us as we explore the characteristics of some of the following ecosystems: tundra, taiga, deciduous forests, grasslands, deserts, tropical rain forests and freshwater.  Learn what adaptations the animals living in those systems need to ensure their survival.

Endangered Species – Why do species become extinct?  What can be done to save them?  Discover how animals become threatened or endangered and what you can do to help save them.

Florida Habitats – Explore with us the variety of habitats found in Florida and discover the plants and animals found here.  Some are fragile and some are disappearing; learn what you can do to help conserve them for future generations.

Anatomy and Function – What’s the use of a giraffe neck, jaguar spots or an alligator’s snout?  This program explores the various physical structures of animals and how they relate to body functions.

 

Grades 9 thru 12 choose from:

Endangered Species– Why do species become extinct?  What can be done to save them?  Discover how animals become threatened or endangered and what you can do to help save them.

Anatomy and Function – What’s the use of a giraffe neck, jaguar spots or an alligator’s snout?  This program explores the various physical structures of animals and how they relate to body functions.

Captive Care – What do zoos do?  Why do they exist?  Explore the world of exotic animal management including a focus on diets, health issues, enrichment and breeding.


Outreach Programs

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Outreach Programs

Zoo to You Outreach

Unable to visit the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden?  Let us bring the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden to YOU!  A Zoofari Outreach Program transforms your classroom lesson or special event into a not-to-be-missed occasion!  Every program includes a variety of animals and artifacts that provide for hands-on learning.  We Bring Life to Learning!

45-minute Formal Programs

Designed to complement curriculum, teachers and educators in both formal and informal learning centers may select from a variety of topics.  Here are just a few:

Fur, Feathers, Scales & Slime – explore the basic characteristics of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds & mammals!

Life Cycles – learn the developmental patterns of butterflies, frogs, chickens, opossums and more!

Animal Adaptations – discover the physical and behavioral features that enable animals to survive in all sorts of habitats.

Food Chains & Food Webs – herbivores, carnivores, & omnivores – oh my!  All species depend on others to survive.  Find out how as we explore food chains & food webs.

Endangered Species – investigate the many environmental issues that threaten species survival and discover what you can do to help reverse the trend!

Vertebrate Body Systems – for those studying the human body, this program compares and contrasts the various body systems of the fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and other mammals with the human body.

Ecosystems or Florida Habitats – whether you are studying global biomes or some a little closer to home, either of these programs explores the climate, soil, plant and animal communities characteristic of each area.

Don’t see what you are looking for?  More topics are available or contact the Education Department and ask us to create a program to fit your needs!

Fees for groups when scheduled 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday:

$95 (up to 30 students) Duval County/$65 each additional program same site

$150 (up to 30 students) Clay, Baker, Nassau & St. Johns Counties/$120 each additional program at the same site

$190 (up to 30 students) outside immediate area/ $155 for each additional program same site

$160 (31 or more students) Duval County /$105 each additional program same site

$210 (31 or more students) Baker, Clay, Nassau & St. Johns Counties /$155 each additional program same site

$265 (31 or more students) outside immediate area/ $205 each additional program same site

Fees for groups when scheduled 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and all day Sunday & Monday:

$140 (up to 30 students) Duval County/$110 each additional program same site

$220 (up to 30 students) Clay, Baker, Nassau & St. Johns Counties/$170 each additional program same site

$280 (up to 30 students) outside immediate area/ $205 each additional program same site

$235 (31 or more students) Duval County /$180 each additional program same site

$310 (31 or more students) Baker, Clay, Nassau & St. Johns Counties /$255 each additional program same site

$390 (31 or more students) outside immediate area/ $330 each additional program same site

60-minute Animal Ambassadors Informal Program

To add LIFE to your Community Event, Corporate Promotion, Festival Fundraiser or Grand Opening Celebration consider scheduling the Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors! Our educators and docents bring a variety of animals, artifacts and displays to provide that one-to-one hands-on experience that is sure to be the talk of the town!

Fees for events scheduled 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays:

$160 first hour, $260 two hours, $360 three hours same site in Duval County

$210 first hour, $360 two hours, $510 three hours same site in Baker, Clay, Nassau & St. Johns Counties

$290 first hour, $490 two hours, $690 three hours same site outside immediate area

Fees for events scheduled 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and all Sundays, Mondays & Holidays:

$235 first hour, $410 two hours, $585 three hours same site in Duval County

$360 first hour, $610 two hours, $860 three hours same site in Baker, Clay, Nassau & St. Johns Counties

$465 first hour, $815 two hours, $1,165 three hours same site outside immediate area

Parents and Families

Birthday Parties at the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Parents and Families

Birthday Parties at the Zoo

Zoo Parties for your Children!

Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the WILDEST place in Town!

We do all the work so you can spend more time having fun! All party packages come with free admission and unlimited Train Rides for all paid guests, Zoo themed cake, a special gift for the birthday child, and we take care of everything from the table covers, to the plates, to the candles. You can even customize your party to include everything from Zoo themed goody bags to animal encounters to admission to Stingray Bay.

Parties are offered for children 3-12 years of age on Saturdays and Sundays all year round.

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for party reservations.

All Parties are held at the Zoo’s Education Campus Party times available: 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.


“Party Animal” Party Package for 10 Guests:

Package Includes:

  • Animal Greeter to welcome your guests (a live animal from our Education Department)
  • 10 Zoo Admissions and Unlimited Train Rides for all paid guests
  • Private Enclosed Area for one hour with Party Hostess to assist
  • Bagged Lunch, Zoo themed Cake, Ice Cream, Fruit Punch, and Water for all 10 guests
  • Zoo themed table covers, plates, napkins, and candles are provided
  • Animal Masks at each place setting
  • Zoo themed Goody Bags for each child
  • A Special gift for the birthday child

Price: $230 Non Members/ $218 Members for 10 guests; $23 for each additional guest, adult or child.

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for party reservations.

Photo: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ lion mascot Jazoo turned 7 on August 18, 2012! The keepers got together to wish him “Happy Birthday!” and give him his birthday present!


”Zoo-riffic Party” Package for 10 Guests:

Package Includes:

  • Zoo Admission and Unlimited Train Rides included for 10 guests
  • Private Enclosed Area for one hour with a Party Hostess to assist
  • Zoo themed Cake, Ice Cream, Fruit Punch and Water
  • Zoo themed table covers, plates, napkins, and candles are provided
  • Animal Mask at each place setting
  • A Special gift for the birthday child

Price: $175 Non Members/$166 Members for 10 Guests; $17.50 per person for each additional guest, adult or child.

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for party reservations.


Additional Party Options:

Animal Encounter*: A trained educator will present touchable and/or non-touchable animals that will enlighten children of all ages. Share a memorable moment looking into the face and eyes of one of the teaching animals here at the Jacksonville Zoo.

$50.00 – *Two weeks’ notice is required to schedule this option.

Carousel Tickets: Wildlife Carousel, enjoy rides atop beautiful hand-painted renditions of your favorite Zoo animals.

$2.00 plus 7% tax per person

Goody Bags: Assortment of Zoo themed goodies for each child to take home as a souvenir party favor.

$3.95 plus 7% tax per person

Stingray Bay: Spend the day with Ray! This is your chance to see and touch some of the sea’s most charming creatures.

$1.50 per person; this price does not include feeding the stingrays.

4D Ride: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ newest attraction is a thrilling 4-D ride! Rock and roll, toss, turn, and giggle on this new all-senses experience. Click here for details on the most current 4D ride film.

$4.00 plus 7% tax per person


Payment Information:

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to make a party reservation. Deposit must be made at the time of booking and can be paid over the phone via credit or debit card. The final headcount and payment in full is due on the Tuesday prior to the party. We accept all major credit cards, cash, cashier checks or money orders. Personal checks are not accepted for deposits or final payment.

Birthday parties are offered for children 3-12 years old and are held at the Education Campus on Saturdays & Sundays. Room capacity is limited to a maximum of 24 guests.

Groups will be charged $25 per person for any UNEXPECTED guests, Regardless of their birthday package.

Print-at-Home Invitation: Download a copy of our birthday party invitations! All you have to do is print them, fold them and fill them out. They can be handed out, or put in an envelope to mail out.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information, or to schedule a Birthday Party, email or call (904) 757-4463, ext. 120.


Teachers and Educators

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Teachers and Educators 

Teachers

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to approximately 275 species of animals (approximately 1,400 individuals) and approximately 2,000 species of plants from around the world.  It is also the field trip destination for nearly 100,000 school students, teachers and chaperones every year from as far away as Columbia, SC & Savannah, GA, to Orlando & Tallahassee, FL.  Whether you are studying Life Cycles, Adaptations, Animal Behavior or Ecosystems, there is plenty to see and do while visiting the Zoo.

Learn more about Field Trips

Learn more about On-site Education Programs

Learn more about Outreach, a program that brings the animals to you

Learn more about Your Visit

FIELD TRIP SEASONAL WARNING

March, April & May are the busiest months for school Field trips.  Nearly 50,000 or 50% of our annual field trip attendance occurs during these spring months.  It is strongly recommended that if you want to schedule a field trip during this time that you make your reservation in January.  If you are local or want to avoid the spring rush, we highly recommend that you visit in the fall and winter.


Teacher & Educator Workshops

Whether you are a classroom teacher, home schooling parent, museum or park service educator, the Zoo’s Education Department Teacher & Educator Workshops are geared to help you engage your students in environmental education.

Throughout the year we offer Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design) and Project Learning Tree Workshops at the Zoo.  If you are interested in having any or all of these workshops held at your school or facility, we are able to coordinate and facilitate them to suit your needs at the Jacksonville Zoo and garden in Florida.

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  • kevin

    these maps are really sophisticated, very nice.. love this place too been here a few times with my kids.. woah.. i did not know they offered zoo bday parties, my son would love that XD

  • henry

    i reallly love this place, especially all the reptiles which were featured i am huge fan of them, my son however loved the education portion of the african tours, definitely coming again

  • mary

    great place !! fun for any kid!!

  • julie

    wonderful, unimaginable place, loved it !!!