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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Sanford, FL View map
5.0 out of 5 rating
14 reviews
Up to 180 guests

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Up to 180 guests

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is the perfect venue to add a unique experience for your 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 dinner and dancing.

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 events@centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450 ext. 136.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$1,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,500

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
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14 Reviews

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    Brittany L. Married on 01/16/2021
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    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.
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    Kristen A. Married on 06/15/2019
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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
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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鈥檚 Catering Manager was great. Terrell and his team exceeded all expectations and provided outstanding service to the wedding party and our guests.

    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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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. Apollo's Chariots Inc. Wedding Limos

Excellent Venue

Costello's Catering 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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3755 W. Seminole Blvd. Sanford, FL, 32771
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Monday through Sunday 9am to 4pm
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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.

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