8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940
Brevard Zoo in Melbourne Florida is loved by kids and adults alike. It is one of the most popular Florida zoos.
More than 550 animals live here representing 165 different species.
Animals are included from Florida, Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America.
Unlike other Florida tourist attractions, you are able to hand feed giraffes and birds, and ride a small train around the grounds.
There is also a guided kayak tour through 22 acres of restored wetlands.
You will see giraffes, rhinos, cranes, lemurs and other animals on this tour.
Kids enjoy the petting zoo and animal contact zones in a participatory exhibit designed by kids with the help of Robert Leathers. Mr. Leathers is a famous expert who specializes in bringing communities together to visualize, create and build zoos, parks and other participatory venues.
Special experience packages can be purchased at the zoo entrance. This gives you and your group a chance to do a bunch of things that many zoos don't offer. For example, ride on the zoo train, go kayaking, feed the animals, have a rhino encounter, rent a paddle boat and a host of other fun adventures.
This beautiful facility was built with a huge volunteer effort. Over 16,000 people helped build it. Sort of like a giant Habitat for Humanity project, but a habitat for animals.
I was fortunate to be one of those volunteers in the spring of 1992. That's me in the pith hat with a feathered friend sometime around that time.
This most unique of Florida zoos and tourist attractions opened in March 1994.
It is a world-class zoo where kids and adults learn to understand and love animals.
Visiting a zoo is one of the most interesting and relaxing things to do in Florida. Any discussion of Florida tourist attractions is not complete without including Florida zoos.
Call the zoo at 321-254-9453 for current admission fees, or consult our annually updated admission fee table. Check with the zoo also for reduced group rates.
Brevard Zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission is 4:15 p.m.
The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. In addition, it closes at 3 p.m. on event days including Safari Under the Stars, Great Tastes of Suntree, and Boo at the Zoo (a Halloween event).
The zoo is in north Melbourne, Florida less than one hour east of Orlando International Airport. Take Exit 191 on I-95 and go east one half mile. Turn right at the zoo.