Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Sarasota

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#5 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Southwest Gulf Coast
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. Before you head to Sarasota, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Sarasota trip itinerary builder , to make sure you see all that Sarasota has to offer, including Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
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  • This is by far my most favorite day I have in Florida! My friends and I have been planning this trip for over a year and it was better than we imagined. We didn’t know you could walk amongst the Flami...  more »
  • Visited here with my family and 14 month old grand daughter. She loved being able to hand feed the flamingos and see the birds. The show with small animals was cute and well done. This may be an old a...  more »
  • Feeding the flamingoes and other birds was the real highlight. Great fun, and a unique experience, much like being in the Galápagos Islands without the expense - wild animals that aren't afraid of peo...  more »
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  • This place confused me at first, so I hope this helps clarify what you experience as a visitor. It's NOT a zoo. When you enter the park, most of the zoo-like animal enclosures are immediate. There are mot many in total, and there are not many beyond that point. Yes, there are educational animal shows. HOWEVER, it is a lovely lovely walk, and along this walk you see some animals, some botanical gardens, and some nice ponds/streams. There is a petting area. You can feed some animals, small gumball-type machines that contain animal food can be found around the park. Do not feed the swans. The staff were very very friendly, the gift shop was well-priced, and the park was very clean. + The paths are a nice brick, elders and strollers should be just fine. + kids play structures
  • The fare for myself, my wife and our two grandsons admission cost $66.30 and throughout the park there are food pellet machines that will dispense a small handful for the children to feed the animals. Count on another $4.00 out of pocket if you want the grandchildren to remember you as something other than a miser. Naturally the food and drinks are overprices as are all the trinkets in the gift shop you are required to exit through. The day we were there I would estimate another 50 people were in attendance during our time. I don't have any idea what it takes to feed the animals, pay the staff, keep the lights running and pay taxes but it would seem there should be enough money to keep up appearances. Just another coat of paint isn't enough new environs for the animals wouldn't cost too much and the snack bar didn't look like it had ever been updated. Okay enough with adult complaining. The grandchildren loved it and had smiles going all the time we were there. That was the whole point of going so it was a successful outing. Just don't have Disney in mind when you walk through the doors.
  • If you want entertainment, go to Disney. This place should be treated as a humane agency for exotic animals. They have an awesome bird show. Many reptiles, and my favorite is feeding the flamingos. I could hang out on a bench all day with them! They had a lot of hurricane damage and could really use some extra support right now.
  • I love this place. My parents took me here as a kid and now I am doing the same for my kids. Very beautiful scenery at this place. Cool shows, place is very well kept and the price is great. They have a wide variety of animals for you to view, and it has a very relaxed feel. Great for adults and kids alike.
  • Quite expensive for what you get. A stinking alligator enclosure, some parrots and flamingos. $16 for senior citizen. $18.00 regular adult admission. Reptile house closed. Only one bird show a day, which we missed. The only saving grace was the big bird experience. Wouldn't go back.

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