Break away from the crowds of the tourist zone with Original Orlando Tours to visit the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, one of the area’s oldest attractions, and historic Sanford! From its humble beginnings in 1923, decades before the arrivals of Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World to the Orlando area, the Central Florida Zoo has grown into a manageable but fulfilling destination with modern zoological facilities to maximize your enjoyment and create lasting memories of your animal encounters.
You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the 116 forested acres of the zoo and its luscious gardens. Then we’ll make a stop in historic Sanford, an iconic town with a history that includes several U.S. presidents, and the site where Jackie Robinson famously broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball.
Bring your appetite because we’ll treat you to a great lunch among the charming Southern setting of Sanford’s beautiful brick streets, restored buildings and sidewalk cafes near the Lake Monroe waterfront.
Approximately 4.5 hours total (add two hours for the tour upgrade above). Please note that Orlando traffic conditions can vary widely while I-4 is under construction. This tour typically operates all year, although the sternwheeler upgrade option only operates on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
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By the first decade of the 20th century, Sanford was one of the largest vegetable shipping centers in the United States and received the nickname “Celery City” for its abundance of crops. Lake Monroe, bordering the north end of downtown Sanford, flows into the St. John’s river, which flows south to north, all the way to downtown Jacksonville and on out to the Atlantic Ocean.
This tour is only offered in English. Florida weather is unpredictable and may impact the tour. If the weather is deemed unsafe by our guide due to weather conditions prior to commencement of the tour, Original Orlando Tours will offer a substitute tour at the original day and time, offer a credit to be used on any future Original Orlando Tours adventure, or fully refund the tour fee, the choice of which is at the option of our special guests impacted by the weather disruption. There are no refunds once the tour has commenced (i.e., the vehicle has left your departure point). This tour also includes an Orlando discount savings booklet. We suggest wearing a hat, comfortable shoes and sunscreen to make your tour an enjoyable one in warm months as well as a jacket in cooler weather.