2014 CSX Train Days - $1 Train Rides
Guests can enjoy $1 round-trip Train Rides all day, each day, compliments of CSX Corporation, during regular Zoo hours. No coupon is required.
2014 January Jackpot - Special Admission Offer
It’s the January Jackpot! In the month of January, 2014, come to the Zoo on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays and take advantage of special money-saving deals!
- $2 Tuesdays - Pay only $2 for general Zoo admission when you bring in the $2 coupon printed from below.
Valid January 7, 14, 21, 28.
- WACKY Wednesdays - Spin our prize wheel for the chance to win 15-67% off general admission, free carousel or train rides, free giraffe feedings, free drinks, gift shop discounts, or our Grand Prize: 75% off general admission, free train rides, 25% off any Zoo food outlet, and 25% off at any Zoo gift shop!
One spin per family. Prize winner will be given a coupon redeemable at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens location specified. Valid January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- $3 Thursdays - Pay only $3 for general Zoo admission when you bring in the $3 coupon printed from below.
Valid January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
- $5 Fridays - Pay only $5 general Zoo admission when you bring in the $5 coupon printed from below.
Valid January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.
Check back soon for January Jackpot Coupons
Each coupon is valid only on the dates indicated for up to two adults and all the children in a family. The discount cannot be combined with any other discount or offer, including Zoo Value Tickets, and can only be used once per transaction.
2013 Noon Year’s Eve
10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
On December 31st celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Zoo with our Annual Noon Year’s Eve Celebration! We’ll count down the hours until 2014 with special entertainment, games, prizes, and an apple juice toast at noon. Sponsored by Jax4Kids.
2013 Countdown to Noon Year’s Eve - Special Admission Offer
Join us at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as we celebrate the last days of 2013 and countdown to our Noon Year’s Eve event! Children (ages 3-12) get 50% off regular child’s admission with a “Countdown to Noon Year’s Eve” coupon printed from below. Coupon is good for one day only on December 27, 28, 29 or 30, 2012 as we countdown to our Noon Year’s Eve event. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer, including Zoo Value Tickets, and can only be used once per coupon. Children 2 years old and younger are free.
Check back soon for the Countdown to Noon Year’s Eve Coupon.
2nd Annual ZOOLights
December 13-31, Closed Christmas Day
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 pm. To 9:30 p.m.
Friday through Sunday: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Please note: The Zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. and will re-open for ZOOLights at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10/Non-Members; $8/Members
Save $1 on admission by buying your tickets online! To purchase tickets, click here.
Celebrate the holiday season and create a family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and brilliant hues at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Second Annual ZOOLights event. Thousands of LED lights will transform the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Guests will have the opportunity to view sculptures and performances by local artists including students at UNF and JU, yarn bombing by Yarn Bomb Jax, and a train display by the First Coast Model Railroad Society in our Discovery Center in Play Park. In addition to walking among the thousands of lights strung throughout the Zoo, guests can enjoy a unique view of ZOOLights by boarding the Zoo’s lighted train. Guests can also enjoy carousel rides, the 4-D Theater Ride featuring the Polar Express, marshmallow roasting, warm weather “ice” skating and more!
Extras(Not included in ticket price)
Train: $2/adult, $1/child (3-12)
Carousel: $1 per person
Stingray Bay: $1 per person
4-D Theater: $3/members, $4/non-members
“Warm Weather” Ice Skating: $4/members, $5/non-members
Glow sticks: $2 per glow stick
3D Glasses: $2
Click herefor a schedule of nightly entertainment at ZOOLights.
Frequently Asked Questions
What time should I get there?
ZOOLights opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 10:00 p.m. on Friday-Sunday.
The gates for ZOOLights will close 1 hour prior to the stated closing time. The last Train will run 30 minutes prior to closing. Activity lines will also close at this time.
What animals will be on exhibit during ZOOLights?
Many of the animals will be sleeping inside, however the giraffes, jaguars, and Lost Temple reptiles and primates will be open for guest viewing.
Is ZOOLights handicap accessible?
All ZOOLights venues are handicap accessible; however, the bouncy house at the Fairground area may not be appropriate for some guests.
I am buying a ticket online. Where do I select the date I want to attend ZOOLights?
Tickets are good for any one night of ZOOLights. You do not have to select a specific date when purchasing your ticket.
Are skates included in the price of “warm weather” ice skating?
Yes! Skates are included in price of ice skating. Socks will be available for purchase at the rink. Each skating ticket is good for 15 minutes on the “ice”.
Don’t see your questions? Click here to view more on our FAQ page!
Interested in volunteer for ZOOLights? Click here to find out more!
International Cheetah Day
December 4th is International Cheetah Day! Stop by the Africa Loop for conservation information and chats with keepers.
2013 Teddy Bear Affair - Special Admission Offer
It’s the Teddy Bear Affair at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! Join the Zoo and Nemours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a fun-filled event where kids can meet and greet with Nemours’ friendly healthcare staff as they perform teddy bear ‘check ups’ on Shaba Terrace.
Kids, ages 3-12, who bring in their favorite stuffed animal will receive FREE admission to the Zoo!
This is the same event as in May, but because it got rained out, the Jacksonville Zoo and Nemours would like to offer it to our guests again!
92 at the Zoo - Special Admission Offer
Cool Summer Discount
Between July 9 and September 2, 2013, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is offering a summer discount coupon for 50% off admission to the Zoo on days that the temperature is predicted to be 92 degrees or higher – as designated by the Zoo. Zoo officials will determine whether a coupon will be placed on the website on the day prior based on a 92 degree prediction made by two of the three local weather authorities. The coupon is good for the day indicated only and cannot be used in combination with any other discount or offer, including Zoo Value Tickets. One coupon is good for multiple people. Scroll down to see if the coupon is available today. The coupon is updated after 4:00 p.m. each day. Determinations for Saturday through Monday are made on the Friday prior.
Offer not valid on days with special events or special coupons. This includes 7/13, 7/20, 7/25, and 8/3.
You can also check our the ZOOLOOP COOL ZONE MAP.
There is a coupon available for Friday, August 30 and Monday, September 2.
2013 Members Only Dinner and Movie
It’s our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to our members for all of their wonderful support of the Zoo. Join us from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for food, fun and a movie on an outdoor movie screen on the Great Lawn at this exclusive night for members only. Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit down and enjoy the movie! Ticket includes dinner and the movie. Event will occur rain or shine. Pre-registration is required.
Please call 904-757-4463 Ext 200 to register. Deadline to register is Friday, May 3, 2012.
Cost: $12.95 per member
2013 Safe Kids Water Safety Day
Join us from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Play Park to raise awareness of water safety. There will be activities, prizes, safety tips, entertainment, and a visit from Jazoo. Children can also cool off in the Splash Ground at Play Park.
Also! While you’re here, check out the 2013 Earth Day - Party for the Planet with a Special Admission Offer!
2013 ExZOOberation - Annual Zoo Fundraiser
6:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
A casual, adult evening fundraiser to benefit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, ExZOOberation, now in its 18th year, is one of Jacksonville’s premier events, raising in excess of $2.5 million for the care and feeding of the animals, educational programs and conservation initiatives. Please call (904) 757-4463 ext. 196 to purchase tickets.
2013 Spring DINO Zoo Camp - Jax Zoo Edu
This spring, journey back in time with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as we study DINOSAURS along with their modern-day relatives! Each day of our archaeological adventure will include up-close and hands-on encounters with our Education Animal Ambassadors, Zoo tours, animal crafts and hands-on activities.
Camps: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Extended Care available for additional fee; 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $175/week/student - member;
$200/week/student - non-member
$50/week for extended care registration
For details and registration, click here.
DinoTrek Grand Opening
Although once believed to be extinct, a new generation of dinosaurs has been found onsite at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! Venture through the DinoTrek exhibit to get up close and personal with over seventeen different species of dinosaur.
Grand Opening festivities on March 1-3, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., will include prize drawings, live entertainment, and more. DinoTrek will be open from March 1-June 30, 2013.
DinoTrek Members Only Preview
Members, get a sneak-peak at the ALL-NEW exhibit, DinoTrek! For two days only, from 1:00-6:00 p.m., visit DinoTrek for FREE and see the exhibit before the public. DinoTrek admission limited to the number of people included on your membership.
4-D Experience - Happy Feet
Don’t miss the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ 4-D ride!
You’ll love the thrills, chills, and excitement of this all new, all-senses experience.
The Happy Feet 4-D Ride Experience has returned!
4-D Ride (per ride):
Must be at least 42” tall to ride.