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Zoos are fabulously family friendly places to visit, and the Brevard Zoo is no exception. But what really makes it stand out is the ability to get up close and personal with the animals from the water.
Kayaking is my favorite way to enjoy Florida, and the Brevard Zoo has cleverly integrated its topography into its exhibits for "Expedition Africa." For an $8 per person additional cost, you can kayak your way around "Africa" with a guide, learning facts about the animals as they peep at you from the shores. Children as young as 5 can kayak (kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult in the kayak; they can sit in the front of a double kayak or in a "jump seat" between two adults). Ask for a half paddle so the little ones can "help!"
We used to kayak a lot on vacation before my son was born but had never taken him. This was the perfect place to let my 5-year-old experience it. He wore a life vest, and the water is still and smooth, so I felt comfortable the entire time with his safety. Underwater barriers prevent you from crashing into the banks where the animals are, and a guide takes you out in small groups so no one gets lost or left behind. The trip is just long enough (perhaps 20 minutes?) so you can see plenty of animals but aren't exhausted and the kids aren't fussy. Our group included a woman who had never kayaked before but she did great. You really just follow the leader.
The highlight was seeing a curious giraffe waiting near a bridge for us and watching us with fascination as we passed. It was so peaceful to glide past animals and birds, and we loved the chance to see a zoo in a completely different way.
KAYAK TIPS: Make the kayak stand your first stop. Time slots will book up, and you risk not being able to kayak with your entire party if you wait too long to reserve a spot.
Bring sunscreen and sunglasses.
Bathing suits are not necessary but you may get a little wet from the paddle and when you enter and exit the kayak.
Pack lightly, unless a family member is staying on land. I did not see any lockers or places to stash goodies. Perhaps a staff member will keep them for you, but I found it easier to just travel with a tiny purse and stash some stuff in zippered pockets.
As for the rest of the zoo, it's an enjoyable way to spend the day, particularly if you have small children. We found the staff to be very enthusiastic about their jobs and always ready to get down to a child's level and explain cool animal facts to them. We bought a biscuit to feed to a giraffe (son loved seeing its giant tongue snake out to grab it!) and spent a long time around the meerkats, as our son "tunneled" around at meerkat eye level. You can stand on a bridge where the alligators will swim underneath you (cool and not as scary as it sounds) and feed the birds at the Aviary.
Because it's Florida, it can get steamy, so the zoo's splash area was a welcome treat. We were expecting a smaller splash pad, but it is actually a wading pool. Be sure to bring a bathing suit (and towel!) for your little one and maybe even yourself to enjoy this area. Although the kids just loved getting soaked, my husband and I were fascinated by the tank next to the pool. Stingrays were swimming up the side of the tank, and you could get a great look. We walked around to the touch tank afterward, which my son also enjoyed, and then he talked us into a little time on the playground.
The zoo is compact, so it's easy to cover it in the course of a day or linger longer at places like the playground and pool without worrying you'll miss something. Check out their website before you go for special events or any add ons (such as a zip line or wildlife encounter). There are numerous events throughout the year -- Boo at the Zoo, Jazzoo and nighttime tours occur in the fall.
Disclosure: My family visited the Brevard Zoo and took the kayak tour as guests of the Space Coast Office of Tourism, which hosted us for a weekend in Cape Canaveral. All opinions are my own.
Bring your swimsuits for the kids water play area where you can swim alongside the aquarium. When you'e had enough fun in the sun, go inside for a dinosaur dig, then head over to feed the giraffes. Before you leave be sure to take the kids on train ride where they will get up close and personal with a family of ostriches.
When you hear the word "zoo", you expect lions and tigers and sometimes even gorillas. Not here. The Brevard Zoo is a smaller zoo, but a perfect fit for locals and visitors looking to enjoy a more natural setting.
There are no plastic flowers or perfectly laid rock walls that decorate the animal enclosures. Instead, the Brevard Zoo makes the most of nature and encourages onlookers to search thoroughly through brush and branches to locate their animals (which include giraffes, white rhinos, various monkeys, alligators, jaguars, cheetahs, otters, and more).
The zoo offers two small eating areas, wooden walkways, kayaking, an aviary, a children's play area (with splash area, play enclosure, petting area), and more. Often, staff can be found walking around with animals for up-close viewing and/or petting.
A full tour of the zoo can be completed in less than a day.
For what it is, this zoo does the job. A local place to see some cool animals. With recent updates in the last few years the Brevard zoo has greatly improved, but it has a long way to go as well. It is hard to compete as a zoo in Orlando when you have Animal Kingdom and Sea World down the road. If you adore zoos you may just like this quaint little place. But if you are from San Francisco or Denver coming to see a great zoo you will be greatly disappointed!
We have been going to Brevard Zoo for about 15 years now, and still love and enjoy it. They always have a wide variety of animals to look at, and there are numerous boardwalks, as well as benches and tables to stop and sit at. Admission is pretty inexpensive, especially if you are a resident of Brevard County. The staff is always very helpful and friendly. Remember to wear your walking shoes and enjoy the beautiful Florida scenery.
The Brevard Zoo has really added a lot to their kids area the past few years. We have spent entire days and never gone to the rest of the zoo. It is nice how they have hands on areas like the petting zoo, and touch and feel tanks, plus the staff and volunteers with reptiles for an up close look.
The rest of the zoo is nice for a little zoo. Most of the animals don't seem to have much space to roam but that may be the norm for zoos.
The train is really cute but I think the price is high for a one time ride. I would like them to work on a deal for the train. A all day bracelet or cheaper prices or something?
Took my 16 month old there. Wish we had chosen a cooler month! Not a ton of shade so I would recommend avoiding the Summer for a visit. Great bird area where you can feed the birds nectar. One landed on my daughter and loved her hair scrunchi.. she thought it was funny. That was her favorite part. Otherwise it's a nicely maintained Zoo and we will be back when her brother is a little older.
The Brevard Zoo is a beautiful zoo with many animals and exhibits to see. Of note, stop by the giraffes first thing in the morning to see them coming out of their house. Also, you can purchase food to hand feed them! There are birds to talk to and a show to watch them feed the alligators. The zoo has recently added a splash area that will thrill the toddlers and preschoolers in your family. Brevard Zoo is a great place to stop and get the wiggles out!
This zoo was a bit out of our way, about 45 minutes from Orlando, but well worth the ride over to Melbourne. We were able to feed giraffes and take boat rides around the area. They also have canoe trips around the zoo, where you can get closer to all the animals. The staff was great and the shows at the zoo were so informative, they even kept our 3 year old's attention the whole time. A great zoo that offers something for the whole family and it is great escape from all the theme parks over in Orlando.
This is a nice little zoo with a really great water play/pool area for kids as well as a nice little petting zoo area. The thing I was most disappointed in was that they had no lions or tigers but there is a train ride and plenty to do for little ones. A nice place to go when you have an afternoon off. I would recommend feeding the birds as well, that was a blast!
Great small zoo, kids from 1-101 have a great time here. Bring a lunch though! You walk or stroll through this zoo in 2 hours, if you can ever get your kid out of the naturally air conditioned turtle structure on the way out.
Water area during the summer is a lifesaver, as is the animal hospital area. Feeding the giraffes is priceless every time.
The Lorie Feeding is a lot of fun too
We really enjoyed the brevard zoo. I went as a child with my grandmother and now took my 8 month old daughter. It was sweltering hot but she enjoyed the butterfly area and the birds. We also enjoyed seeing the giraffes and feeding them. This is a small compact zoo, but still a great and enjoyable day.
We visit the Brevard Zoo whenever we make the drive through Orlando to Vero Beach. This is a smaller zoo, but has a great feel. Everything is organized around natural habitats (no visible cages here!) There's even a terrific splash pad and wading pool area for the kids! Well worth the trip!
If you have a zoo membership at another zoo, check and see if it is a reciprocal zoo! We visit free with our Knoxville Zoo membership! No parking fee either!
This zoo is worth the 1 hour drive from Orlando to the coast. It's very nicely organized and kept clean. They have a great variety of animals and you can even interact with some by feeding them - like the giraffes! We took our daughter for the first time when she was two and she loved it.
Different activities like kayaking and feeding giraffes from an "eye-level" platform made this trip exciting. Although these activities cost extra they are exciting for children if you're willing to "splurge". Not the largest zoo, but well kept and just the right size for small children, especially in the heat. Worth the trip!
I know, your at a zoo, how could it go bad? I am not really sure. When I went the two things we really were excited about (the petting area, and the train) were closed, and they didn't tell us that when we paid. We had to find out on our own. Nothing special, doesn't compare to the other zoo's we have been to. The only good thing is on certain Sat. nights in the summer it is free, (some of the exhibits will be closed). That is the only way I am going again, it wasn't worth the money.
Animals indigenous to Florida and Australia are at home here. See black jaguars, 600-pound tapirs, a giant anteater, kangaroos, dingoes, and two-toed sloths. At “Paws On” kids can try to outrun an alligator or outjump a frog. “Animal Encounters” petting zoo, a mini-train, and otter feedings give the place a personal, interactive touch. The Wetlands Outpost provides the opportunity to kayak.
My 20 month old son had a great time visiting this relatively small zoo. It was a fun local attraction that seems to cater to the younger set, and I appreciated the fact that it is much more low-key than the mega-attractions in Orlando so that I felt much more relaxed without having to fight the masses with a young child in tow. At this zoo, your kids can meet animals right up close and personal, with exotic birds like the emu or flamingos sticking their beaks through the fence or a friendly wallaby hopping within arms reach. You can even feed giraffes there. Of course they keep the more dangerous animals like alligators and crocodiles out of arms reach.
A couple hours would be plenty of time to see most of what the zoo has to offer, with our highlights being a bird exhibit which allows you to feed dozens of colorful/friendly birds who could land right on your shoulder and a two story play-structure for kids to run off some extra energy.