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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens provides interesting and educational entertainment for all families with over 1500 species of eccentric animals and more than a 1000 varieties of plants to explore. Opened in 1914 with only one deer on a 37.5 acre lot, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has become a popular attraction for residents and tourists in the Jacksonville, Florida area on its current 89 acre lot.

In 1926, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens started its unique animal collections when it first purchased a female Asian elephant named “Miss Chic”. This attraction continues to expand its distinctive animal collection and its recognized botanical garden provide a rewarding attraction to all visitors.

What to Expect
Jacksonville, Florida offers long, humid summers and mild winters, which makes a visit to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens possible anytime throughout the year. However, summer days almost never come to a close without some rain, so umbrella and ponchos are suggested items to bring for those that visit Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Average Costs
Admission is varied because it offers discounted rates for specific age groups. The admission rate for adults, considered 13 to 64 years of age is $13.00. A senior citizen discount is given to those 65 years of age and older for an admission of $11.00. Children under 3 years of age can enjoy the park for free. Those children ages 3 to 12 are admitted for $8.00.

Hours of Operation
Normal hours of operation for Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday hours from 9am to 5 pm. Additional hours are offered during the summer months of March 1 through September 1 and are extended to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

How to Get There
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens can be reached by traveling I-95 North or South. Once in Florida, exit 358 A should be taken to Heckscher Drive, also known as Zoo Parkway. About a fourth of a mile down, the entrance to the Zoo can be reached.

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