Palm Beach Zoo: Can't-miss Animal Encounters in The Palm Beaches

October 26, 2020

If you haven’t been to the Palm Beach Zoo before or if it has been some time, trust me when I tell you that a day there is guaranteed to be fun and filled with all the smiles your heart can handle.

I love exploring the Palm Beach Zoo with my little guy, Evan. As soon as we walk in the entrance, we feel transported to another continent filled with lush scenery, beautiful pathways and exotic, unique animals all around us.

The Palm Beach Zoo is home to more than 550 animals and 190 species, many of them endangered, with an impressive number of one-of-a-kind animal experiences that are a treat for all ages. The staff and volunteers are helpful and insightful, always willing to share special details about the animals to enhance your experience.

A bridge at the Palm Beach Zoo
Photo by Alyson Seligman

The zoo is currently open at limited capacity with enhanced sanitation procedures and safety precautions underway, so whether you’re ready to grab your mask and start exploring or you’re getting inspired for a future trip, here are some of my (and Evan’s) can’t-miss exhibits:

American Flamingos

These gorgeous pink South Florida natives are real showstoppers. Patrons can grab a bench or a spot by the rail to peacefully watch them interact. The Florida girl in me could have stayed there all day!
 

Palm Beach Zoo flamingo exhibit
Photo by Alyson Seligman

Capuchin Monkeys

Get ready to feel like you’ve been whisked to South America as you watch the zoo’s family of Capuchins literally monkeying around in their vast green space! We watched them swing in the trees and rub their bellies, and even watched the momma snuggle up to one of her kiddos.

Koalas

The koalas were must-sees on my list, and they did not disappoint. As these Australian marsupials play in their home, put your phone in portrait mode because you can capture some really fantastic photos. Look for the golden monkeys nearby; I’d never seen one before!
 

A koala at the Palm Beach Zoo
Photo by Alyson Seligman

Lorikeet Loft

Head into this loft area filled with lorikeets – colorful parrots from Australia – where you can watch them fly and hang out all around you (look up as they poke their head out of the bird houses!).

Other favorite animals include Wilbur, a two-toed Hoffman’s sloth; capybaras, the world’s largest rodent; and Aldabra tortoises, the beloved “gentle giants” of the Palm Beach Zoo.

A capybara at the Palm Beach Zoo

We also loved seeing the bears, jaguars, tigers and komodo dragon – though the zoo offers even more fun and adventure beyond the animals. Kids love running through the Fountain Plaza Splash Pad (bring a bathing suit or change of clothes), letting their imagination run wild in the interactive play space at the Nature Play Pavilion and taking a ride on the Wildlife Carousel and the Safari Train.

Riding the carousel at the Palm Beach Zoo
Photo by Alyson Seligman

Evan has already asked to return to the Palm Beach Zoo, and I can’t wait to bring our little girl with us next time. If you’ve simply driven by, know that the entrance doesn’t do justice to the oasis just beyond the front gate. You are in for a treat and a day filled with fun, adventure, peace and beautiful memories.

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Blogger Alyson Seligman wearing a Lilly dress
Alyson Seligman
Local lifestyle blogger Alyson Seligman at The Modern Savvy writes about family, home, style and wellness from her home in Palm Beach Gardens. For The Palm Beaches Blog, she's covered everything from what to pack for a visit to The Palm Beaches to the top things local families love to do here.