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Unique Central Florida event venues at the Zoo

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Unique Central Florida event venues at the Zoo

Central Florida is home to countless options for events. In fact, Orlando is one of the top destinations for trade shows, meetings, sporting events and more for people around the country.  

Locally, the surrounding areas of Central Florida have plenty to offer, too. In Seminole County, for instance, we at the Zoo have celebrated unique events with our neighbors at Wekiva Island and Elev8 Fun, to name just a few.  

There are so many amazing places to celebrate, whether you’re looking for a place to host a birthday party or a corporate meeting. But did you know the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has a variety of unique Central Florida event venues?  

With a wide variety of options and capabilities, we can practically be a one-stop shop for your event needs. Keep reading to learn more about the event options at our Sanford Zoo. 

Kids birthday party venues near Orlando 

When you think of Orlando kids’ activities, you probably already think of us at the Zoo. So when you’re planning the perfect birthday party for your little animal lover, we hope you’ll think of us, too! As part of our ZOOper Birthday Party package, you get space rental, a dedicated party host, 12 Zoo admission tickets, a special birthday gift for the child, a party favor for each guest, birthday party decorations, three pizzas, and drinks. You’ll be able to explore the Zoo all day, then celebrate together at your set time. Learn more here and let us help make your child’s special day the best ever. 

Unique wedding venues near Orlando 

Did you know you can say “I Do” at the Zoo? It’s true! We offer one of the most unique wedding venues out there with some of the WILDEST photo opportunities. Whether you’re looking for an indoor or outdoor space, a small wedding venue or a reception space, we have options for you. We even offer private animal encounters to make your wedding extra special and fun. Our events team and caterers are also here to make sure your special day isn’t anything short of perfect, and we are conveniently located near downtown Sanford and the convenience of I-4. From playful to upscale, we’ve hosted some great “happily ever afters” at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and would love to help you! Check out our wedding guide here. 

Corporate and social events 

All work and no play make for dull meetings. At the Central Florida Zoo, we just can’t have that! We help make your meeting or organization’s event something stimulating and special. We offer a wide variety of options to fit any type of meeting, from cocktail events and seated receptions to theater-style setups or small classrooms. We also offer a variety of add-ons, like podiums and linens, as well as add-on experiences, such as animal encounters and night hikes to really wow your group. Or course, our great catering options are available, too. We have options for groups from 25 to 200 and can host everything from company picnics and holiday parties to board retreats. A bonus? When you host your event with us, you are supporting our mission of conservation. Learn more here 

Holiday party venues near Orlando 

Looking for a place to host your company holiday party? Want to really impress the family? Take them to the holiday event of the season! Our Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild, presented by Publix, offers a dazzling display of color, light and sound on a path around the Zoo with larger-than-life, hand-crafted lanterns. We offer discounted pricing for groups of 15 or more on a single night, so you could take the whole family. Or, make the event your holiday party! Our private spaces and catering are available on select nights so you can enjoy the festival. Part of a large organization? If you’re looking for something exclusive and impressive, we offer select festival nights for full buyouts. Email events@centralfloridazoo.org for more information. 

At our Florida zoo, we believe in creating connections that inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife. When we host events like this, we get to live out that mission and more, by connecting with you and your special moments.  

We look forward to continuing to be a unique Central Florida event venue and creating memories for our community that last a lifetime. We hope we have the chance to host you soon! 

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