Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

3755 W. Seminole Blvd., Sanford, FL 32771 Map · Phone number
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Guest capacity 10 to 180
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About Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is the perfect venue to add a unique experience for your event or wedding. Located closely to Downtown Sanford, FL, we're just minutes away from local shops, nightlife, and hotel accommodations.

Our Wayne M. Densch Discovery Center offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for Ceremonies and Cocktail Hour, while our Safari Ballroom can accommodate up to 180 guests seated for your reception space.

You're also able to host and enjoy your function immersed in the natural surroundings at the Rainforest Pavilion. This private, covered facility has seating for up to 100 guests, food preparation areas, restrooms, and plenty of space for games and activities.

Whether you are planning a wedding, corporate event, or social gathering, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will make your event an unforgettable experience!

For pricing and availability, please email alexandraw@centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450 ext. 136.

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14 Reviews for Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Recommended by 100% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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  • Brittany

    Brittany L. · Married on 01/16/2021

    5.0
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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Great value unique wedding venue

    Being animal lovers, this venue was perfect for us. We loved that there was space for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all at the same venue - no transportation between. There is an outdoor space with foliage and a gazebo used for ceremonies, then the bug zoo/patio for cocktail hour, then the safari room ballroom space for reception. Adjustments during COVID were minimal - we only reduced guest count (from ~125 to 50) and could not have animal encounters at the reception. This may have been due to the mild weather on our event day, but the doors to indoor spaces were also kept open to help with air flow. The venue fee includes some coordination, and their staff was great. Jillian was particularly responsive and helpful the closer we got to the event. We opted for an in-zoo photoshoot during our cocktail hour and the staff helped encourage some of the animals to come closer if they were out. We can't wait to see how such memorable photos came out. Sonny's BBQ catering is affordable, and an excellent value that comes out more elegant than you'd expect for BBQ. However, there is a fee if you did not want to use Sonny's. Overall, we'd happily recommend Central Florida Zoo to anyone getting married in the Orlando area with 150 guests or less.

    Sent on 01/20/2021
  • Kristen

    Kristen A. · Married on 06/15/2019

    5.0
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    Alex was a rockstar

    On June 15, my husband and I had our reception at the wedding. Through everything Alex was such a huge help. Our wedding reception was amazing and it wouldn't have been without Alex. This wedding venue is so unique and you can do so much with it. We will remember this day for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much Central Florida Zoo for an awesome wedding reception.
    -Kristen and Dalton

    Sent on 07/11/2019
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    Debra M. · Married on 05/04/2019

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    Excellent wedding venue

    The Central Florida Zoo is a unique and special venue. Alex was an extraordinary wedding coordinator. We credit her with the total success of our wedding event. Also, Terrell, Sonny’s Catering Manager was great. Terrell and his team exceeded all expectations and provided outstanding service to the wedding party and our guests.

    Sent on 05/28/2019

    Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens's reply:

    Thank you Debra! You were a great help in the wedding planning too and we wish you and your family the best! :)

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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Pricing

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Price Rates

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 1500
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 1500
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 300
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 300
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 20
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    House Beer
    House Wine
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
    180
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
    10
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    5
  • Describe your venue:
    Banquet Hall
    Garden
    Zoo
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Lighting / Sound
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Outside Alcohol
    Premium Liquor
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Dance Floor
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    February
    March
    April
    May
    October
    November
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September

Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements

  • Always and Forever Florida Weddings
    Always and Forever Florida Weddings Wedding Officiants

    what a unique and beautiful venue to have your wedding and events! If you have not considered a zoo, check it out, the place is amazing!

  • Apollo's Chariots Inc. Wedding Limos

    Excellent Venue

  • Costello's Catering Wedding Caterers

    Beautiful Venue and great prices with amazing packages available. The staff at the Central Florida Zoo is very professional and pleasant to work with. Our clients enjoyed having their event in the Safari Room, 3400 sq. ft room with an attached porch and courtyard leading to a beautiful botanical garden. It's simply beautiful.

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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens?

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Server(s)

At Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine

What are the most important characteristics of Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens for wedding events is known for:

  • Banquet Hall
  • Garden
  • Zoo

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens for wedding events?

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens offer?

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens offer for wedding events?

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens have available for wedding events?

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.