The children's zoo is a unique place for families because it is one of the few places in the zoo where the visitor can get up close and personal with many small animals. You can meet strange and unusual animals like Stitch, the blue-tongue skink, or Petunia, the kinkajou, and the more recognizable like Maggie, the blue and gold macaw. You can also shoot the perfect photo with your little one astride a camel or visit one of our wonderful areas, detailed below.
The Wacky Barn is located at the Children’s Zoo and is open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This unusually shaped structure houses some familiar barn yard animals. Grab a brush or curry comb, and groom one of our goats or sheep. Watch keepers demonstrate trained animal behaviors with our horses. Or, for an additional fee, feed some of the resident animals. It’s Wacky fun for all!
Toadstool! is located at Children’s Zoo and is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Featuring close up encounters with smaller ectotherms that live in naturalistic habitats, Toadstool is a place for fun, observation, learning, and is sure to delight the entire family. You can observe Madagascar giant day geckos lick a plate of fruit baby food, watch Mexican blind cavefish navigate their enclosure without eyes, and see a large Albino Burmese python! Come visit us; we are certain you will enjoy it!
Learn about Defenses, A New Look at Everyday Animals, What Does it Eat?, or Wonders of Florida. These presentations feature local and exotic wildlife, and provide opportunities to touch and learn. Presentations take place daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Make a point to see the frenzied feeding of the meerkats, daily at 12:30 p.m. An appetizing mixture of grubs and crickets are sprinkled around the exhibit and make for an entertaining backdrop while one of our zookeepers provides you with the details of our family of six. See if you can tell them apart!
Humpy's Camel Rides
Camel rides are available for $5/ride from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. High a top a graceful camel, riders experience the traditional form of transportation used by the desert people of Africa and Asia for thousands of years. Meet Charlie and Fluffy the two trained dromedary camels that you can hop on! Decide which boy is your favorite, each have different personalities and range in age.
Once you've tested your boating skills, take a ride on an endangered animal on the Wildlife Carousel! Ever heard of a barbarusa? Well if you have never seen one before, you will be able to climb aboard this unique pig and take a whirl. This carousel features beautifully handcrafted animals and is a welcome sight for tired legs. Adults may ride too! The carousel is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Speaking of food, you may want to get yourself something to eat at the snack bar. Families can enjoy a taste of the classic American favorites like hot dogs, burgers, corn dogs, popcorn and nachos. Cuban sandwiches and chicken fingers with French fries are also available. If beating the heat is your top priority, soft serve ice-cream, Icees, cold sodas and water are also great choices.
After breaking for a snack, you may want to stroll by our butterfly garden to see a variety of colorful butterflies. The plants and flowers make a beautiful home for these gorgeous insects. Try to spot them feeding on the flowers for nectar.