Brew at the Zoo
Brew at the Zoo
September 26, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (VIP entrance at 6:30 p.m.)
Jacksonville’s wildest Food and Drink Festival features delicious restaurants and breweries in the awesome setting of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Now in its eighth year, Brew at the Zoo is a “must-attend” event for adults to EAT. DRINK. ZOO. Guests will receive three drink tickets for beverages from our full bars, enjoy unlimited tastes of over 50 craft and import beers in signature tasting glasses, and sample dishes from over 30 local restaurants. All proceeds benefit the care and feeding of the Zoo’s over 2,000 animals.
Tickets go on sale in August!
Last year sold out, so purchase your tickets early. All attendees must be 21 years or older, and show valid proof of ID upon entrance to the event.
Visit our event page on Facebook to keep up with the latest updates on participating restaurants, breweries, bands and more!
$50 for Zoo members
$55 for non-members
$80 for VIP (includes 6:30 p.m. early entrance, collectible pilsner glass and access to other special VIP benefits)
$25 for Designated Drivers (will not be served alcohol, but may sample all food)
Aloft Hotel Package: Jacksonville Airport Location, 7 miles from the Zoo
Includes Friday afternoon check-in with shuttle service to and from Brew at the Zoo.
$65 per room (1-2 Guests)
$85 per room (3-4 Guests)
OMNI Hotel Package: Downtown Location, 8 miles from the Zoo
Includes Friday afternoon check-in with shuttle service to and from Brew at the Zoo and breakfast for one. Additional breakfasts can be added on at $20 per person.
$100 per room (1-4 Guests, includes breakfast for one)
$20 per each additional breakfast (up to 3)
Both packages are exclusive deals, and must be purchased at our website (available soon) or by calling (904) 757-4463 ext.196.
Leopard Lager, $10,000
Alligator Ale, $5,000
Stingray Stout, $2,500
Penguin Porter, $1,000
Safari Serenade - Beaches Fine Arts Series
Saturday, September 6
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Music comes to life at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens!
Enjoy an evening of classical, big band and jazz music along with dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.
Featuring: Trio Tango, Tony Steve and Friends, Tracy Morris Band, TAP Trio With Tony Kaminkar, Anthony Anurca and Peter Wright, and The Chris Thomas Big Band
Proceeds benefit the Zoo and Beaches Fine Arts Series.
Purchase tickets here!
For more information on Beaches Fine Arts Series, visit BeachesFineArts.org.
2014 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!
2014 JaZoo’s Birthday and Back to School Bash! - Special Admission Offer
Join JaZoo and friends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as he celebrates his birthday and World Lion Day before the upcoming school year. There will be birthday treats (while supplies last), birthday games, music, prize drawings, a special scavenger hunt from Outback Steakhouse and more! Don’t forget to sing “Happy Birthday” to JaZoo.
Also, enjoy $2 off Zoo admission with the coupon.
National Zoo Keeper Week 2014
National Zoo Keeper Week, sponsored by the American Associate of Zookeepers (AAZK), is July 20-26, 2014.
Say “thanks” to the fantastic Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens keepers who care for our over 2,000 animals every day. Make them a thank-you card or ask them questions during our Zoo Keeper Facebook Takeover!
Keeper Facebook Takeover
During National Zoo Keeper Week, our keepers will take over our Facebook page during the following dates and times to answer your questions about what it means to be a keeper, what their daily tasks entail, and all the animal questions you can think of! Visit our Facebook page to check out the fun!
Monday, July 21: 2 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22: 2:30 - 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23: 2 - 2:30 p.m.
Friday, July 25: 2 - 2:30 p.m.
Global Tiger Day
Saturday, August 2
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as we celebrate one of the world’s most captivating, and endangered, species in our all-new Land of the Tiger exhibit. With tiger facts, arts and crafts, face-painting, drawings for tiger paintings and special enrichment activities for our Sumatran and Malayan tigers, this day is one you won’t want to miss!
Funds raised during Global Tiger Day will benefit the Tiger Conservation Campaign which the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is proud to support.
$3 Day at the Zoo - Special Admission Offer
Join us on Tuesday, July 15 2014 and enjoy the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for only $3.00 per person for General Admission. The Zoo is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Tickets are sold until 4:00 p.m. The Zoo encourages those who are coming to use sun screen, bring refillable water bottles and dress appropriately for the hot weather. Those bringing young children to play in the Splash Ground should bring water proof diaper covers.
Please note: $3 price is good for General Admission only, and is not valid with any other discount or offer, including Zoo Value Tickets. Train, carousel, Stingray Bay, 4D Ride Experience, and Butterfly Hollow admissions are not included in this price.
92 at the Zoo - Special Admission Offer
Between July 7 and September 1, 2014, 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 (Duval County) 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, but is not limited to, 7/12, 7/15, 8/4, 8/9, 8/23.
There is no coupon available for Tuesday, July 22.
Conservation Lecture: Fertile Soil for Future Conservationists
Featuring John Andrews,
Avian Ecologist, Illinois Natural History Survey Wildlife Veterinary Epidemiology Lab
Monday, 30 June, 6 - 7 p.m.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Pepsi Co. Education Campus
Join us to hear John Andrews share how the Jacksonville Zoo influenced his life and career as a world traveling ornithologist. John began attending zoo camps at the age of 6 for 8 years. Once old enough, he began volunteering in all zoological departments until being hired as a keeper in 2004. He earned his Bachelors at UF and his Masters at the University of Illinois. He has worked on field conservation projects on four continents.
This event is free of charge.
Groove at the Zoo - Summer Concert Series
This summer, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will host a 3-part concert series featuring an array of musical offerings, food, drink and fun! See below for events dates and performers.
Friday, July 25: Dance the night away with Jacksonville’s own The Band Be Easy! Their fun-loving, funky style has taken over Jacksonville Beach and the surrounding areas - now it’s time to bring them over to the wild side!
Gates open at 6 p.m.
Concert begins at 7 p.m.
Plus: Food trucks and cash bar, with photo I.D.
Purchase Tickets Here!
Friday, August 29: Family-friendly oldies concert featuring Nashville recording artists, Savannah Jack!
Gates open at 6 p.m.
Concert begins at 7 p.m.
Plus: Animal encounters, Bounce houses, Visits from JaZoo, face painting, food truck cuisine, Giraffe Overlook, Stingray Bay and Carousel open, adult beverages available for purchase with valid ID.
Ticket information coming soon!
Sponsored by Aloft Hotels
Thank you to our sponsors:
Call to Artists, Zoo 100 Exhibition
Northeast Florida Sculptors (NEFLS) will sponsor an outdoor sculpture exhibition in collaboration with Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (Zoo), and is soliciting artist proposals for creative projects in connection with the Zoo’s celebration of its 100th anniversary during 2014. The exhibition will be located in the Asian Gardens area on the Zoo premises at 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32218, and will be held September 26-December 31, 2014.
25th Annual Bowling for Rhinos
25th Annual Bowling for Rhinos!
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) is holding its 25th annual Bowling for Rhinos event on Friday, June 20th and Saturday, June 21st at the Batt Family Fun Center on 1838 Cassat Avenue at 7 p.m. Registration begins at 6 p.m. A $25 registration fee includes three games of bowling and shoe rental. There is a $10 registration fee for non-bowlers. One Hundred percent of the proceeds from the event go directly to three rhino sanctuaries.
Click here to download the registration form. You can either mail in the form or bring it to the event. Advanced registration is recommended.
Help save the rhinos by donating!
What is an AAZK Chapter?
An AAZK chapter is a local branch of the national American Association of Zoo Keepers organization. Our chapter is made up of a group of dedicated individuals committed to helping captive and wild animals.
What is Bowling for Rhinos?
Each year the Jacksonville Zoo AAZK chapter sponsors a fundraising bowl-a-thon called Bowling for Rhinos (BFR). The members involved collect sponsors and bowl three games.
Over 70 chapters nationwide hold BFR events and raise over $250,000 annually. 100% of the money goes to help endangered rhinos and their ecosystems.
Where does the Money go that is raised in the Bowling for Rhinos Event?
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) in Kenya Africa
Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia
Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia
The money sent to these parks not only help to protect the rhinos, but entire ecosystems.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Kenya, Africa)
This sanctuary in Kenya includes 62,000 protected acres with a 2 meter tall electric fence. This area protects not only Black and White Rhinos, but also over 75 other mammals such elephants, cheetahs, and zebras. More than 350 bird species utilize the conservancy along with numerous rare plant species.
Ujung Kulon National Park (Java, Indonesia)
This park includes 300 square miles of area and is home to some of the rarest and most endangered plants and animals on earth. The last of the Javan rhinos reside here, with less than 60 remaining!
Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (Sumatra, Indonesia)
This national park includes 3,568 square km of protected area and is believed to have one of the largest populations of Sumatran rhinos. This park also protects other endangered animals such as clouded leopards, tigers and Asian Elephants.
How much money has been raised?
Since 1990 the American Association of Zoo Keepers “Bowling for Rhinos” (BFR) has raised over $450,000 annually. To date, the Jacksonville AAZK Chapter has raised over $70,000.
All money is raised entirely by volunteer efforts of zoo staff members across the country.
Jacksonville Artist’s Guild Exhibit
In celebration of the Zoo’s 100-year anniversary, members of the Jacksonville Artist’s Guild have created 100 Zoo images for display in the Zoo’s Palm Plaza Café. These pieces were available for purchase at an auction held on May 8, 2014.
All images not purchased that evening are available for purchase until September 1, 2014.
Please visit the Palm Plaza Café, located in Range of the Jaguar, to view these beautiful works of art.
2014 Endangered Species Day
Join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. as we celebrate Endangered Species Day. Our endangered animals will receive special enrichment all day.
9:00 – Warthog (Africa)
12:00—Bonobos (Great Apes)
12:20—Gorillas (Great Apes)
12:45—Jaguars (Range of the Jaguar)
1:15—Squirrel Monkey (Play Park)
3:15—Bear (Wild Florida)
3:25—Panther (Wild Florida)
2014 Mother’s Day Brunch & Special Admission Offer
Join us for Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. featuring a delicious brunch buffet, a visit from Jazoo, live animal encounters and an activity for children. Pre-registration is required for Mother’s Day Brunch.
- Adults: Members $24.95; Non-members $28.95
- Children: Members $9.95; Non-members $12.95
Pricing does not include zoo admission.
Please reserve by Wednesday, May 7, by calling 904-757-4463 ext 200.
Also! Celebrate Mom with free admission. Mom gets in free with a BOGO offer with the coupon. Special admission offer sponsored by Wells Fargo.
Click here for the Mother’s Day Coupon!
100 Year Birthday Celebration
2014 is a very special year for the Zoo. Not only did we open a brand new tiger exhibit this year, but we turn 100 years old! We’d like to invite YOU to help us celebrate!
Join us on May 10th and 11th to celebrate out 100th birthday! Activities include bounce houses and activities on the Great Lawn, entertainment, animal encounters, live music, conservation information, crafts and animal encounters!
We hope to see you there!
Saturday, May 10th
Great Lawn Dance Performances (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
- South African dance demonstration provided by Jacksonville Centre of the Arts
- Bollywood dance demonstration provided by Bollywood Dance Mania
- South African dance and Zumbatonic demonstration provided by Zumbajear
- LaVilla Symphony Concert Band (12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)
- Jukebox 337 (11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.)
- Al Monte and Company’s Coming (10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Sunday, May 11th
- J Collins (12 p.m. - 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
- Mondo Mike and the Po Boys with Spice (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Al Monte and Company’s Coming (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
2014 World Penguin Day
Join the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Zoo’s Tuxedo Coast exhibit to celebrate World Penguin Day! Guests can enjoy learning about penguins and participating in some fun penguin activities including the opportunity to see penguins up close and chat with their keepers. World Penguin Day is a celebration that coincides with the annual northern migration of penguins.
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 - Non-Members - 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! Members get $2 off value bands!
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.
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.
International Cheetah Day
December 4th is International Cheetah Day! Stop by the Africa Loop for conservation information and chats with keepers.
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.