Events Calendar:

Spring Fling Plant Swap

04/01/2017, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Rainforest Pavilion map


Get down and dirty at the 2017 Spring Fling benefitting the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens!

We will be kicking off National Garden Month with our Spring Fling! Activities will include our wildly popular Plant Swap, a vendor area featuring gardening supplies, plants and more, tours of the Zoo’s Botanical and Destination Gardens, and lots of opportunities to learn from experts and gardening enthusiasts, all while supporting the Horticulture Department at the Zoo!

This event will be held rain or shine. The event will be at the Rainforest Pavilion. Look for the plastic pink flamingos! Admission to the Zoo is separate and not required to attend the event at the Rainforest Pavilion.

Registration and a fee of $10 are required for all those interested in swapping to reserve table space at the event. To participate in the swap, please register here

Plant Swap Details: After checking in, a volunteer will assist you in getting your swap items to your table. This is a good time to scope out a spot away from the tables where you can stash the plants you grab during the swap. Be sure to label all the plants you bring and include your name. All participants are responsible for negotiating their own swaps individually. It is up to you to determine the value of your items, and trade with other participants accordingly. Plants, cuttings, seeds, gardening tools and miscellaneous garden related items are all welcome at the swap. The only rule: NO invasive plants, please. View a list of invasive plants here.

Vendors interested in attending should contact 407.323.4450 ext. 105

Event Schedule:

Vendor Check-in: 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Swapper Check-in: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Greeting: 10:00 a.m.
Vendor Area open: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Swap Begins: 10:15 a.m.
University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Presentation: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Destination Garden Tour - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Zoo admission required)


Regular Activities and Programs at the Central Florida Zoo

(All shows and times are subject to change without notice and take place at habitat unless otherwise noted.)

  • 10:30 a.m. Rhino*
  • 11:00 a.m. Cheetah*
  • 11:30 a.m. African Porcupine* 
  • 12:00 p.m. Venom! outside Herpetarium at the Tiffany and Charles Davis
                      Animal Showcase
  • 1:30 p.m. Wild Tales! at the Discovery Courtyard
  • 2:30 p.m.  Flying High! sponsored by Morrison Valuation & Forensic Services, LLC
  • 3:00 p.m. Lemur*
  • 3:30 p.m. Snake or Alligator/ Crocodile Feeding
  • 4:00 p.m. Cougar*

*Meet the Keeper

NOTICE: We are currently updating our Wild Tales and Flying High shows, and they will not be happening at this time. We thank you for your patience as we improve these experiences for our guests.