Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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In a Nutshell

Thousands of LED lights transform the zoo into a glowing winter wonderland, complete with sculptures, performances, music, and more

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jan 7, 2017. This is a ticket. Use for admission to ZOOLights event. Refundable only on day of purchase through Groupon, no other refunds permitted after day of purchase with the exception of the Extraordinary Event Policy. No full or partial refunds are given to customers who miss an event. Limit 10 per person. Each voucher is good for 1 person. The deal is valid only for tickets on the date(s) of the event as listed and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates. Not valid for daytime admission. Zoo is closed on December 25, 2016. Must be used in a single visit. Jacksonville Zoo and Garden's is the issuer of tickets for this event. Discount reflects Jacksonville Zoo and Garden's current prices. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

The Deal

  • $7 for one ticket to ZOOLights (up to $10 value)
  • Dates: 12/9/16–12/11/16 and 12/16/16–1/7/17 (excluding 12/25/16)


  • What it is: Now in its fifth year, ZOOLights transforms Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens into a glowing winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling LED lights.
  • What you’ll see: The lights illuminate a magical landscape filled with moving sculptures, animal silhouettes, and performances from local artists, including UNF students. Performances by Dalton Cyr, Leelynn Osborn, Jacksonville Children’s Choir and the Florida Ballet.
  • Extras: During your visit, you can also hop aboard one the event’s lighted trains, enjoy a carousel ride, watch The Polar Express in a 4D theater, roast marshmallows, and experience warm-weather “ice” skating (extra fees apply for all of these).

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

When the Jacksonville Zoo first opened in 1914, it had only one attraction––a red fawn. Today, nearly a century later, it’s home to more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 plant species, and welcomes an ever-changing lineup of visiting exhibits. Guests stroll along the boardwalk in a large, open environment called the Plains of East Africa, where cheetah, antelope, and warthogs roam in environs that simulate their native habitat. The African loop also includes Elephant Plaza, where elephants stir up tidal waves playing marco polo in a 275,000-gallon pool. Visitors can also pet and feed stingrays, stand eye-to-eye with a giraffe, and head to the award-winning Range of the Jaguar exhibit to roam a replica of an abandoned Mayan temple. During summer months, kids get wet at the Play Park and Splash Ground, where they can climb into a treehouse or peer through an underwater window to see penguins swimming overhead.

After guests explore the wildlife, rest and relaxation await within botanical gardens such as the Asian Bamboo garden, where patrons cross a traditional moon gate to see a tranquil waterfall, komodo dragons, and an interactive bamboo mist forest. The zoo also features a carousel, train rides, and several restaurants where humans can tap into their own wild instincts by hunting their natural prey—the sandwich.

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