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Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Sarasota

(3.6/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
See a variety of tropical and exotic plants and animals in the lush Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Stroll the winding pathways, pausing to admire the lakes and groves along the way. Visit the gardens to observe native creatures, such as egrets, ducks, and lizards, as well as animals from other warm-weather ecosystems. Don't miss what is perhaps the premier attraction: the park's flock of pink flamingos. They wander the grounds and gladly accept treats and affection from visitors. Stop by one of the shows, such as keeper demonstrations, starring the resident birds and reptiles. If you're lucky, you may even take home a photo posing with one of the colorful or scaly creatures. The shows fill up fast, so arrive early to get a good seat. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Sarasota Jungle Gardens and many more Sarasota attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Sarasota vacation builder.
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  • The Jungle Gardens is a wonderful place for children. They can get to see many animals up close. They have wonderful shows involving parrots, and other animals, that are very entertaining. Also, they ...  more »
  • Small friendly zoo, not much to see: a crocodile, a few birds, beautiful pond with the Flemish roses and geese who eat in our hands. Small shows with parrots. We were barely an hour. A bit expensive.
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  • Have visited for many years when the grand kids visited. Many reptiles and exotic birds. Experience wildlife that you might not see in the wild. Beautiful as always.  more »
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  • Really nice place! I've never been able to feed flamingos before anywhere. They were just really neat. Some other birds were in the area and ate as well. We also saw some talking parrots. You can also feed the alligators which was really neat to do! Definitely a must stop if you are in Sarasota!
  • Nice walking trails,animal shows and fast food restaurant. Great for kids! Feed the flamingos!
  • Our family went with low expectations, especially my young one who is against zoo type places. Admission is a little high, but you can find coupons around town before you go. Lots of shaded area during your walk. Beautiful park! The absolute best is the feeding of the ducks and flamingos. Animals seems content. It took about a little over an hour for the whole park. The reptile show wasn't all that. Take plenty of water with you and take breaks.
  • A nice spot to spend 2-3 hours strolling. The best part is definitely the flamingos. They are friendly and walk right up to you so you can feed them. Be sure to pack water though, it is very humid and hot; even under the tree canopies! They have presentations of the different animal groups. But they should tell you which animals they will be showing. A snake popped up and I nearly knocked people over trying to run away.
  • Honestly, if you could do zero stars, I would in a heart beat. This was the worst place I have ever been to. The animals are mostly non native and are basically miserable. For example, there was a skunk in a tiny cage pacing back and forward and birds in tiny cages as well with no flying space. The entire place smelled awful and did not look cared for. It was cool to feed flamingos, but due to the flamingo food being scattered around, many other random birds where there getting in the way. We paid lots of money to be there and then we decided that we couldn't stay for the show because of how horrible we felt about the animals situation. Please believe me when I say that you should not support this place. It might be a fun place for little kids but that's because they don't understand how mean it is to put animals in cages like this. Trust me, this will be your number one money waster of the year. Don't support it.