Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

08 January 2021


The Pandemic has had a lot of us stuck in the house. My family enjoys being outdoor while keeping our distance from others. What better place to go than the local Zoo. It's outside and there's a ton of space. Some Zoos allow you to bring your own food and drinks as well. Jacksonville Zoo is one of them. This is a plus because it saves money and it's one less person to interact with.

The Jacksonville zoo has some great exhibits. We are members and we go at least once a month. The membership for a family was $145 plus they gave a military discount a well. I do not recall how much that was. Maybe about $10 off. Due to social distancing, you have to Make a reservation in advance. You can do this online or you can do it when you arrive at the zoo as well. Online would be faster and it would guarantee your admittance to the zoo. If you wait till you get to the zoo, they could be at capacity.

During this visit we decided to purchase the total experience wristband for $8 per person. It includes 4d Theater, unlimited train, unlimited carousel rides and animal feedings. 

Due to staffing, the train ride was departing every 30 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. My son loves the narrated train ride. They left every other row of seats empty and cleaned the rows that were sat in after people exited the train. It takes an extra few minutes but it's worth the wait. They are trying to keep everything sanitized and they did a great job at that.

We decided to only feed one animal and it was the Giraffe. Luckily the zoo was empty and there was literally no line so we were able to enjoy feeding the giraffes while learning about them as well. This was a one of a kind experience. 

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