Jungle Island Miami.
Miami boasts a huge number of attractions that visitors can enjoy and those that want to see some wildlife and green landscapes can do so at Jungle Island. This zoological park is home to a variety of exotic animals and offers the chance for anyone to get up close with them.
The history of Jungle Island dates back to 1936, when Franz Scherr opened the park as Parrot Island. This first offered visitors the chance to view these beautiful birds and moved on to performing parrot shows a few years later. As the popularity of the park grew it added more animals to its collection and this included flamingoes, orangutangs and tigers. In 1995 the decision was taken to move away from its original Red Road location and in 2003 the park opened at Watson Island as Parrot Jungle Island. The name was changed to Jungle Island in 2007 and the zoo has remained a popular attraction in Miami to the present day.
Rather than just watching the animals from a distance, the park allows close encounters with them and this is one of the best reasons to visit. As a parent you can let your kids enjoy the Jungle Island as they interact with different animals. The look on their face will be priceless as they enjoy petting lemurs, parrots, monkeys, small reptiles and a host of other animals.
Anyone planning to visit the zoo has a choice of a few different experiences. The VIP Safari Tour is a 90 minute adventure around the grounds that offers the chance to interact with many of the animals. Those taking this can make special requests about which animals they most want to spend time with. The Lemur Experience provides the chance to meet and learn about the zoo’s lemur population. This includes an opportunity to hold one of these charming animals. The Jungle Encounter allows groups of 10 to 50 to take a tour of the park to view the animals and Critter Tales is a visit to the Serpentarium to encounter snakes, lizards and other reptiles.
The zoo offers some great shows to watch. This includes Winged Wonders in the Parrot Bowl, which showcases some of the park’s birds. Wild Encounter provides the chance to see some of the big cats.
A trip to Jungle Island ensures a great day out in Miami and is definitely an attraction to visit in the city. We are headed to Miami this year and my husband and I are looking for fun things to do, this is absolutely on our list.
Have you been to Miami and Jungle Island before?
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.