About Sunshine Zoo

The Gillis Zoo is a zoo within Mel Park in the West Melbourne, FL. It is one of the largest zoos in the United States by area and is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States by area, comprising 265 acres of park lands and naturalistic habitats separated by the Indian River.

Consistent with FL State and CDC guidance, MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR RIDES* AND ALL INDOOR AREAS FOR ALL GUESTS over the age of 2 years, regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated guests over the age of 2 years are also required to wear a mask at all outdoor areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings remain optional for vaccinated guests in outdoor areas.

For everyone’s health and safety, we are implementing contactless arrival procedures. We need your help to make it work! Here’s what you do:

  1. Reserve your tickets in advance - then print OR be ready to use on your mobile device
  2. Have ticket barcode ready as you arrive for self-scanning
  3. Scan all your tickets and enter!

Current List of Most Popular Animals

Location and Hours of Operation


Weekends & Holidays

74 Bulldog Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32901