Admission & Hours

Hours of Operation

  • The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 
  • The Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground is located inside the Zoo and is included in regular Zoo admission and FREE for Zoo Annual Pass Holders daily! For hours and additional information, please click here.
  • Onsite concessions are located next to the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground and are available daily from 10:30 AM to 4:45 PM.
  • The Herpetarium is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM.
  • For the ZOOm Air Adventure Park hours and pricing please visit the Zoom Air website at
  • We are closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


 Adults: $19.50  
 Seniors 60+: $15.95
 Children 3-12 years:  $13.75 
 Children 2 and under: FREE  
 Central Florida Zoo Annual Pass Holder:        FREE

We are happy to offer discounts for AAA members and the military

We offer Group Rates for groups of fifteen or more paying guests (please be aware, guests under the age of 3 are free and do not count towards the total). 

Additional Information

We also offer free parking and picnic areas, as well as rentals for wagons ($10.00) and manual wheelchairs ($7.00) on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Admissions window, upon arrival to the Zoo, from 9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days).

Last entry into the Zoo for all guests is 4:30 p.m. daily.

We accept cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and American Express.

Note:  If you are a member of another zoo, please contact us or your local zoo to check to inquire about a reciprocal discount and at what level.  Not all zoos participate in the reciprocal program, so please check before you arrive.

Click on these links for a Map & Directions, or just a list of cool things to do while you are at the Zoo.

Thank you for planning a visit to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens!