The Zoo of Northwest Florida

★★★★☆
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850-932-2229

5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy

Gulf Breeze, FL

32563

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Monday To Sunday From 09:00 AM To 05:00 PM

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We visited this zoo over the July 4th holiday weekend and had a pretty good experience overall. Allow me to say that it is still doing quite a bit of clean up after hurricane Ivan and there are a few pathways and exhibits that are destroyed as a result of that storm. This is not a zoo with a lot of funding so recovery has been slow and painful for them.

THe zoo has a nice little gift shop and snack area when you come in. They are participants in the reciprocal zoo program, so if you have a membership at another larger zoo you may get a discount off of your admission. (We did from Memphis Zoo.) They sell food for the animals at the ticket register as well.

Walking through the zoo there are a number of decent exhibits- keep in mind this is a small zoo so you will not see sweeping vistas for animals to roam and run, nor tons of "realistic" animal habitats. It is pretty much chain link, wire and plexiglass between you and the animals. That being said, they have orangutangs, lots of large cats, reptiles, Kangaroos (which Memphis does not even have), hippos, peacocks wandering (and pooping) the grounds, and assorted farm animals in the petting zoo area. The best part of the trip for us was getting to hand feed the giraffes. They were really friendly and came right up to get snacks. The kids also enjoyed the little ride area that had coin operated horses and carousels.

We missed the chance to ride the train through the african exhibit, but from what I understand it is pretty neat, so you might want to give it a try.

Can this zoo compare with larger, better funded ones? No. Is it a nice alternative to going to sit at the beach again or shopping at yet another Alvin's Island? You bet!

PROS: Small zoo, feed the giraffes!
CONS: Small zoo, still some storm damage

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★★★☆☆

We visited this zoo over the July 4th holiday weekend and had a pretty good experience overall. Allow me to say that it is still doing quite a bit of clean up after hurricane Ivan and there are a few pathways and exhibits that are destroyed as a result of that storm. This is not a zoo with a lot of funding so recovery has been slow and painful for them.

THe zoo has a nice little gift shop and snack area when you come in. They are participants in the reciprocal zoo program, so if you have a membership at another larger zoo you may get a discount off of your admission. (We did from Memphis Zoo.) They sell food for the animals at the ticket register as well.

Walking through the zoo there are a number of decent exhibits- keep in mind this is a small zoo so you will not see sweeping vistas for animals to roam and run, nor tons of "realistic" animal habitats. It is pretty much chain link, wire and plexiglass between you and the animals. That being said, they have orangutangs, lots of large cats, reptiles, Kangaroos (which Memphis does not even have), hippos, peacocks wandering (and pooping) the grounds, and assorted farm animals in the petting zoo area. The best part of the trip for us was getting to hand feed the giraffes. They were really friendly and came right up to get snacks. The kids also enjoyed the little ride area that had coin operated horses and carousels.

We missed the chance to ride the train through the african exhibit, but from what I understand it is pretty neat, so you might want to give it a try.

Can this zoo compare with larger, better funded ones? No. Is it a nice alternative to going to sit at the beach again or shopping at yet another Alvin's Island? You bet!

PROS: Small zoo, feed the giraffes!
CONS: Small zoo, still some storm damage

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This zoo has quite a bit of animals considering it is in a small local area. There are new exhibits opening up all the time. They opened up a bat house in Oct 2004 and most recently an area for a komodo dragon. There are orangutans, gorillas, chimps, lions, tigers, black bears, new coyotes, wild dogs, zebras, and camels. Just to name a few of the animals there. Small concession area, but you can bring a picnic lunch, they have tables before the entrance, then you can return to the zoo. Don't forget about Zoo Lights, they decorate for the holidays and it usually draws a pretty good crowd at night.

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★★★★☆

This zoo has quite a bit of animals considering it is in a small local area. There are new exhibits opening up all the time. They opened up a bat house in Oct 2004 and most recently an area for a komodo dragon. There are orangutans, gorillas, chimps, lions, tigers, black bears, new coyotes, wild dogs, zebras, and camels. Just to name a few of the animals there. Small concession area, but you can bring a picnic lunch, they have tables before the entrance, then you can return to the zoo. Don't forget about Zoo Lights, they decorate for the holidays and it usually draws a pretty good crowd at night.

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I have been to the Gulf Breeze Zoo several times, and I think it is fun for all ages, not just for adults or kids. I do not know of any other zoos in the area, and the animals that are in there are a sight to see. It is a little pricey (over $10.00 a ticket) but it is worth it and you get to see things that would not see anywhere else.

PROS: Easy to find, great for families
CONS: None

5
★★★★★

I have been to the Gulf Breeze Zoo several times, and I think it is fun for all ages, not just for adults or kids. I do not know of any other zoos in the area, and the animals that are in there are a sight to see. It is a little pricey (over $10.00 a ticket) but it is worth it and you get to see things that would not see anywhere else.

PROS: Easy to find, great for families
CONS: None

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This zoo is great, All the Exhibits are very fun and entertaining. My favorite has to be the Girafees, you can feed them and pet them and they are very cute. I love to bring my sister's kids along and they always seem to enjoy it. I would recommend going here if youre ever in town!

PROS: Wonderful exhibits, the tigers and lions are very close. Cute sea otters!
CONS: No shade really. Gets hot in the summer.

5
★★★★★

This zoo is great, All the Exhibits are very fun and entertaining. My favorite has to be the Girafees, you can feed them and pet them and they are very cute. I love to bring my sister's kids along and they always seem to enjoy it. I would recommend going here if youre ever in town!

PROS: Wonderful exhibits, the tigers and lions are very close. Cute sea otters!
CONS: No shade really. Gets hot in the summer.

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I have been to this zoo somewhere around 10 times and it just never gets old. After Hurricane Ivan some parts of the zoo were closed but there are plenty of new attractions on the way. You and your kids will love the petting zoo and one of my favorites is feeding the giraffe. Don't forget about the train ride that takes you on a wild adventure through wide open range of many other wonderful animals.

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★★★★★

I have been to this zoo somewhere around 10 times and it just never gets old. After Hurricane Ivan some parts of the zoo were closed but there are plenty of new attractions on the way. You and your kids will love the petting zoo and one of my favorites is feeding the giraffe. Don't forget about the train ride that takes you on a wild adventure through wide open range of many other wonderful animals.

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