Jacksonville’s best animal encounter: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Let your imagination run wild at the zoo!

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Get ready to roar because Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is your JaxBest winner for best animal encounter.

The zoo, located at the mouth of the Trout River, is approximately 122 acres and has over 2,000 animals and 1,000 plant species in its collection.

The zoo is available for rent for private events such as weddings, receptions, reunions, holiday parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate events, proms and more.

Want to get close to animals? No problem. Go feed the birds and giraffes or touch the stingrays. Want to relax? Take a walk around the botanical gardens. Want to cool off? Head to the splash ground. There is something for everyone.

Don’t forget about Jacksonville Zoo’s IllumiZoo Summer Spectacle! The lit-up display will be set up until Aug. 27. on Friday nights only from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Click here for ticket information and more. Online tickets/member reservations are required and must be made in advance.

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About the Author:

Carianne Luter is an Award-Winning Digital Media and Engagement Manager for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She won "Best Social Media Engagement Strategy" during the Local Media Association 2022 Digital Innovation Awards. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.