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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! :)
Sandy S. · Married on 05/04/2019
Central Florida Zoo
Alex and Terrell were a great tag team. They and staff from both the zoo and Sonny's were professional and had just as much fun as the rest of us. Had several people indicate it was the best wedding they have been to. Thanks for the memories.Sent on 05/28/2019
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens's reply:Thank you so much for your kind words Sandy! We're so glad you and your guests had the best wedding :)
Kellie W. · Married on 12/28/2018
Beautiful venue with great photography spots!
Have you thought about having your wedding at a unique venue? Look no further than the Central Florida Zoo! We have photographed at the zoo many times and there is no shortage of beautiful wedding photography spots. Their customer service is always on point with no shortage of great ideas for the wedding planning process - they are always happy to help.Sent on 12/28/2018
Laura · Married on 12/02/2017
We had the best experience at the Central Florida Zoo! Andrea was so awesome to work with! She made sure that we had a smooth, fun, and memorable experience for our wedding! We had Sonnys cater through the zoo and they were so delicious people said it was the best wedding food they had ever had. The zoo brought out animals for our guests to enjoy durring cocktail hour while we were taking pictures so things never got boring for our guests. The venue was the perfect size for our 100 guest wedding. We got amazing pictures with the animals, one where their rhino looks like he's photobombing us with a bucket on his head! It was just a blast and the zoo made our day so special! Thank you again Andrea! We had the best day!Sent on 12/11/2017
Mindy · Married on 03/19/2016
I cannot say enough about the Central FL Zoo! The staff was FANTASTIC! Our coordinator, Wesley, was a dream. His customer service is off the charts. He accommodated all of our requests, and made the wedding planning process a breeze :)Sent on 06/14/2016
The venue included a large room for the reception, a patio area, and an outdoor area with a gazebo (which the staff planted fresh white flowers the day before the wedding, making the area gorgeous) for the wedding ceremony. It’s a hidden gem in Central FL.
Wesley allowed us to arrange the reception room however we wanted, had a variety of table sizes and shapes to choose from, and had everything set up a day before the wedding so we could go in and set up our things. For an anxious bride with a million to-dos going on in her head, this was a life saver! I didn’t have much to worry about the day of the wedding.
Due to rain, we had to hold the ceremony inside the insect exhibit rather than the gazebo area. It turned out for the better! Guests sat amongst insects and aquariums, which I felt really gave a zoo feeling! The staff held umbrellas for the bridal party to walk to the insect exhibit, which was a nice gesture.
During cocktail hour, staff showcased an owl and bald eagle for our guests to view for entertainment. The staff that showed the birds were friendly and knowledgeable. Our guests talked about how awesome it was to see and hear about these animals!
After the rain cleared, the staff allowed us to walk around the zoo to take pics in the different animal’s exhibits. This was by far the BEST part! All of the animals seemed to be out for the day, and made for some absolutely amazing pictures. The zoo staff even opened up the rhino interaction area for us, so we could get right up to them to touch! The gazebo area with fresh flowers also made for some great pics.
We couldn’t have been happier with our venue choice. If you have a love for animals and want a unique and fun wedding, then I highly recommend the Central FL Zoo!
User4284408 · event on: 07/26/2014
Every time I turned around, I was more and more impressed by what the Zoo had offered us. They were professional and gracious hosts. Would definitely book there again!Sent on 07/29/2014
Katie · Married on 04/11/2014
Katherine was AMAZING!!! She was very helpful and would always meet with us whenever we needed to. They let us arrange the room however we wanted and they were very flexible with us and made everything super easy. The ceremony site was very beautiful and everything turned out how I had imagined. It was perfect.Sent on 07/28/2014
User3636335 · event on: 10/19/2013
Everyone was extremely helpful and did a great job catering to our guests. It was way better than the "usual" company picnic!Sent on 10/28/2013
Nancy · event on: 06/07/2013
I was extremely impressed and pleased with the services provided by the Central Florida Zoo. Our 30 meeting participants participated in a survey and all indicated they STRONGLY AGREED with the location and overall atmosphere of the meeting location. WHO KNEW? Catering was 5 star, and staff were accomodating with all aspects of the meeting event.Sent on 06/12/2013
Tina · Married on 06/01/2013
Everything was great. Set up was perfect and everything ran very smoothly.Sent on 06/12/2013
Beth · event on: 05/31/2013
The venue and food service was great, Staff was prompt to meet our needs for our retreat. We really apprecaite the partnership, My staff really enjoyed themselves.Sent on 06/12/2013
Pamela · event on: 09/13/2015
I truly cannot say enough about the incredibly great service we experienced when using the Central Florida Zoo and their Ovations Catering Serve for my daughter's Baby Shower. From the very beginning Katherine gave us the information we needed and with my daughter using a safari theme for the nursery - the zoo was perfect! A hidden gem!Sent on 09/21/2015
We were able to setup the day before and the Zoo Caterer, Orlando Irizarry of Ovations was beyond helpful. He clearly was incredible. You have heard the phrase "Went over and beyond the call of duty!" that was Orlando. Carried our decorations in, provided a flat bed to use, and even checked on us and brought us cold water to drink.
We invited mothers to bring their children and it was great fun. We had a "Fuzzy Greet and Meet" where they brought three precious little animals that the children could learn about and pet. Our only regret was that it rained and we could not take the carousel or train ride. However, in spite of the rain, the Wayne Densch Center was a great entrance into the banquet room. Full of all manner of insects displayed and beautiful butterflies. The children guests had a great time.
We used the Zoo's caterer and were not disappointed. Orlando worked with us on customizing our requests. The food was well done, tasted good, and the buffet display was very nicely setup. The staff were attentive and helped clean up - again "Went over and beyond the call of duty!" Wonderful people!!!
Will use again. I can see a birthday party in the making.