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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407.323.4450 ext. 136.
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Brittany L. · Married on 01/16/2021
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 A. · Married on 06/15/2019
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 DaltonSent on 07/11/2019
Debra M. · Married on 05/04/2019
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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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!
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.