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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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2014 Memorial Day – Special Admission Offer

Date: May 25–27
Event Information:

Happy Memorial Day from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Active duty military, Active Reserve, veterans and their families can celebrate at the Zoo with $2 off already discounted military admission with military ID shown. No coupon required.

Fish Tales - Tile Painting Party by Nordstrom

Date: May 17
Event Information:

Let your kids unleash their inner artist at a fun Tile Painting Party. They’ll get to paint a fish tile that’ll be permanently installed in Kids’ Wear at Nordstrom St. Johns Town Center. Refreshments, materials and an artist to help out will all be available—it’s gonna be a blast!

Tickets are $50; each ticket admits one child and one adult to the Zoo on the day of the event, and all proceeds will benefit the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Kids must be between the ages of 5 and 12, and accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited and reservations will be taken in the order received. Please pick at least two session times when you RSVP. For special accommodations info or to RSVP by May 16, call 904.757.4463, ext. 196 or click here. On party day, check in at the Zoo entrance. (All tiles become property of Nordstrom.)

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Safe Kids Water Safety Day

Date: May 17–17
Event Information:

Join Safe Kids Northeast Florida as they celebrate kids, prevent injuries, and save lives!  Kicking off the spring/summer swimming season with their water safety fair has become an annual tradition at the Zoo.  Kids and adults will enjoy exhibits about all areas of water safety including the pool, beach, lake, and home. Find out where to get this year’s swim lessons!  Costumed characters, games, prizes and music will make it fun while we help you keep kids safe in and around the water!  Thanks to local sponsor Century Ambulance and lead organization Wolfson Children’s Hospital for their support. 

2014 Mother’s Day Brunch & Special Zoo Admission Offer

Date: May 11
Event Information:

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 8, by calling 904-757-4463 ext 200.

Also! Celebrate Mom with free admission. Mom gets in free with a BOGO offer with the coupon (coming soon). Special admission offer sponsored by Wells Fargo. 

100 Year Birthday Celebration

Date: May 10–11
Event Information:

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!

2014 Earth Day - Party for the Planet - Special Admission Offer

Date: Apr 26
Event Information:

Celebrate Earth Day at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Party for the Planet! From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., guests can learn how to take care of our earth by visiting environmental and animal conservation booths.  There will also be children’s activities, entertainment, prize drawings, and visits from Jazoo. The Jacksonville Zoo will also be giving drivers of hybrid cars special treatment with VIP front row parking in the Zoo’s general lot. Limited spaces available, front row parking for hybrid cars only is on a first come, first served basis.

Special admission! Receive $2 off general admission when you bring in electronic recyclables (old cell phones, printer cartridges or anything that plugs in except tube TVs). 

2014 World Penguin Day

Date: Apr 25
Event Information:

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.

The Great Spring Egg Hunt

Date: Apr 19
Event Information:

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Due to Friday and Saturday’s rain, and the resulting mud on the great lawn, we will be modifying the “hunt” portion of tomorrow’s celebration. Instead of trudging through the mud to collect eggs, children attending the event will collect eggs that are being passed out at the Zoo’s main entrance from under Shaba Terrace. Eggs will available Saturday from 9 am - 1pm, while supplies last.

Hop on over to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for an Egg Hunt at the Zoo on the Zoo’s Great Lawn. Egg hunts will be divided into age groups. Several lucky guests from each age group will find some EGGcellent Zoo gifts. Don’t forget to bring a basket to collect the eggs! There will also be egg-related enrichment for animals throughout the Zoo. This event is free with regular Zoo admission.

Egg Themed Animal Enrichment Schedule:
9:00 - Warthog (Africa)
9:30 - Lions (Africa)
11:00 - Leopard (Africa)
12:00 - Bonobos (Great Apes)
12:20 - Gorillas (Great Apes): Gorilla egg toss—- Watch our keepers toss hard-boiled eggs to the gorillas from the Great Ape roof!
12:45 - Jaguars (Range of the Jaguar)
1:15 - Squirrel Monkey (Play Park)
1:45 - Komodo (Asia)
2:00 - Babirusa/Otters (Land of the Tiger)
2:30 - Tigers (Land of the Tiger)
3:15 - Bear (Wild Florida)
3:25 - Panther (Wild Florida)

Land of the Tiger Grand Opening

Date: Mar 08
Event Information:

Come see tigers like you’ve never seen them before! That Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens proudly opens its latest exhibit on Saturday, March 8th. Take a walk through Asia and experience wreathed and wrinkled hornbills, Visayan Warty pigs, Babirusa pigs, and Asian-small clawed otters. The centerpiece of this newest addition are three Malayan and two Sumatran tigers that are free to roam through the area via an innovative trail system. Guests will have the ability to potentially see a tiger from almost anywhere in this one of a kind 2.5 acre exhibit.

Join us for the Grand Opening of the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s newest exhibit, Land of the Tiger on Saturday, March 8th.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., and then entertainment and more until 4 p.m.!

Entertainment Schedule

Date Band
March 8th Bollywood Dance Mania and Magic Show
March 9th Jukebox 337 and Dr. Magic Show
March 15th Julius Magic
March 16th Jukebox 337
March 22nd Natural Instincts
March 23rd Chroma/Bread and Butter
March 29th Mondo Mike and the Po’Boys
March 30th Captains

For more information please call 904.757.4463

2014 January Jackpot - Special Admission Offer

Date: Jan 01–31
Event Information:

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.

Click here to download the Tuesday coupon.
Click here to download the Thursday coupon.
Click here to download the Friday coupon.

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

Date: Dec 04
Event Information:

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

Date: Aug 24
Event Information:

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

Date: Jul 09–31
Event Information:

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.

Click here to download the coupon for August 30.

Click here to download the coupon for September 2.

Cool Zone Map

2013 Members Only Dinner and Movie

Date: May 17
Event Information:

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

Sponsored by

2013 Safe Kids Water Safety Day

Date: Apr 27
Event Information:

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

Date: Apr 13
Event Information:

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

Date: Mar 25–29
Event Information:

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

Date: Mar 01–03
Event Information:

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

Date: Feb 26–27
Event Information:

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

Date: Jan 01
Event Information:

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):
$4.00 non-member
$3.00 member
Must be at least 42” tall to ride.

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