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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Admire thousands of animals and plants across entertaining exhibits in this family-friendly zoo that also has a children’s play area and a 4-D experience.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a 110-acre (44-hectare) park with a walking safari and a collection of more than 2,000 animals. Stroll through scenic botanical gardens spread throughout the zoo. The complex has about 1,000 types of plants. Among the zoo’s favorite attractions are the Range of the Jaguar, the 4-D ride and the garden tours.

Make your way to the Range of the Jaguar, which houses one of the largest collections of jaguars in the U.S. Get close to more big cats in the 2.5-acre (1-hectare) Land of the Tiger exhibit. Cross the arena below the tigers and look up at the majestic creatures. See elephants and rhinos in their own enclosures. Pet live stingrays in a touch tank and observe giraffes, reptiles and primates in African-themed exhibits.

Explore the array of botanical gardens in the park. Enjoy a break from the Florida heat in shady spaces. Examine Asian bamboo, futuristic horticulture and the Rivers of Color Garden.

Let the kids romp in the Play Park and Splash Ground’s mazes, fountains and climbing areas. Take the little ones on the 4-D ride, which is a 3-D movie with water and wind effects to make you feel like you are part of the action.

The zoo was established in 1914. It opens daily from morning until late in the afternoon. There is an admission fee, with concessions for children and seniors and free entry for children under 2 years of age.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is located in northern Jacksonville, on the way to the city’s international airport. It sits on the point where the Trout River and the St. Johns River converge. For additional fun, take a 6-mile (10-kilometer) water taxi journey northeast to the attraction from the center of the city. Alternatively, arrive by car and park for free. Visit some of the other landmarks in the region, including the St. Johns River, Turner Pond and several parks.


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Lodging Near Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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$78
Lexington Hotel & Conference Center - Jacksonville Riverwalk

Lexington Hotel & Conference Center - Jacksonville Riverwalk

1515 Prudential Dr, Jacksonville
3.0
of 5, from 1,349 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Lexington Hotel & Conference Center – Jacksonville Riverwalk is located across from Jacksonville Landing, on the south bank of the river, 1 mile from Everbank Field and downtown, and 2 miles from the Convention Center.

$99
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville

225 E Coastline Dr, Jacksonville
4.3
of 5, from 1,507 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This downtown riverfront hotel is in the city's business and retail district next to Jacksonville shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.

$40
Motel 6 Jacksonville FL Airport Area - South

Motel 6 Jacksonville FL Airport Area - South

812 Dunn Ave, Jacksonville
2.8
of 5, from 822 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Jacksonville, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Anheuser-Busch Brewery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Pier 68 Marina. Oceanway Community Center and River City Market Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$70
WoodSpring Suites Jacksonville I-95 North

WoodSpring Suites Jacksonville I-95 North

10520 Balmoral Circle West, Jacksonville
3.3
of 5, from 100 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Jacksonville, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Anheuser-Busch Brewery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Oceanway Community Center. Pier 68 Marina and River City Market Place are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$49
Red Roof Inn Jacksonville - Cruise Port

Red Roof Inn Jacksonville - Cruise Port

10901 Harts Road, Jacksonville
2.1
of 5, from 97 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Jacksonville, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Anheuser-Busch Brewery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Pier 68 Marina. Oceanway Community Center and Florida State College North Campus are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$32
Knights Inn Jacksonville North

Knights Inn Jacksonville North

10885 Harts Road, Jacksonville
2.2
of 5, from 91 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in North Jacksonville, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Anheuser-Busch Brewery and within 6 mi (10 km) of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Pier 68 Marina. Oceanway Community Center and Florida State College North Campus are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$63
Jacksonville Plaza Hotel & Suites

Jacksonville Plaza Hotel & Suites

14585 Duval Rd, Jacksonville
3.7
of 5, from 2,677 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in North Jacksonville, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from River City Market Place and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Oceanway Community Center. Pecan Park Flea and Farmers' Market and Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$81
Omni Jacksonville Hotel

Omni Jacksonville Hotel

245 Water St, Jacksonville
4.3
of 5, from 1,456 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

The Omni Jacksonville Hotel is downtown, in the cultural and business districts. The hotel is opposite the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, one block from river-front Jacksonville Landing shops, and four blocks from the convention center.