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ZOOm Air Adventure takes teams through the trees

By Stephen Wynne and Vickie Mitchell
Courtesy Central Florida Zoo

Meetings can get into the swing of things at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford, Fla., thanks to the zoo’s new ZOOm Air Adventure Park.

The system of rope bridges, suspended disks, zip lines and tightropes strung through the trees is an adventure course that challenges visitors with games along the way.

One course takes an hour; completing both can take up to three hours, so the course is better suited as an activity after a meeting than a break from a meeting. The zoo also offers night sessions for groups with reservations in advance.

The course can be a fun escape from meetings in the Wayne M. Densch Center, which has two meeting rooms of 3,400 square feet each, several classrooms, a lobby and a covered courtyard porch.

Even for groups that opt not to swing from the trees, the zoo is a welcome respite, a reminder of the tropical virtues that make Florida a vacationland.

“This is a very beautiful natural setting,” said Shonna Green, the zoo’s communications director. “There’s a real Old Florida feeling, and there are also 100 acres of endangered wetlands that we preserve. And for those attendees who bring their families, we have a wide range of family activities and animal encounters.”


For more on Zoo meetings:

Animal magnetism
ZOOm Air Adventure
Aquariums aren’t just for fishes