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Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Sarasota

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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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  • We went with our four year old and we all had fun. Properties are beautiful and always great to see animals. Flamingos eat right out of your hands. Gorgeous white swans and lot ma of other critters to...  more »
  • This place is a nice and relaxing place to take children. The grounds are nice and you have the jungle feeling walking around it. It was a hot day but there is plenty of shade. The petting zoo was fun...  more »
  • This place just seemed like it used to be nice, but they never kept up with it. It is in desperate need of an upgrade. Staff wall all superfriendly, but place was run down, not worth the money at all!  more »
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  • Staying in AMI looking for something to do and we chose this. My family loved it! My kids got told an Alligator and a Snake which made them very happy! I like how beautiful this zoo is and well designed the path through the jungle is. One of the highlights was getting to hand feed the flamingos. I've never seen one up close, let alone inches from it! Great experience and not too expensive. I would recommend this and the Mote aquarium any day if you are in Anna Maria Island.
  • This place is awesome! You can feed the gators or feed the flamingos. You can have you're picture taken with several animals and birds, there's nice paved walkways and lots of shady spots to sit and rest or watch the animals. The cafe has a lot of lunch stuff to choose from but we just got popcorn and drinks. We've gone a couple times now and will continue to go. Lots of fun!
  • Went in with an open mind but was sorely disappointed & heartbroken. Animals were kept in very filthy & SMALL areas. These animals deserve to be released to better facilities that have more funding / room to rehabilitate these animals. This place exploits their creatures for pictures & shows. The staff doesn't seem cruel or evil, and probably just really love being around lemurs & baby alligators, but they are ill informed if they think crocodiles belong in tiny fenced in pools.... The reptile area was HORRIBLE. Again; very dirty & way too minuscule for many of the larger snake breeds. No employees were in sight, leading me to believe that they are easily forgotten / neglected. Saw birds & baby alligators kept inside cages with no wiggle room and kept off to the side for $10 pictures.... Overall, just a mess & very sad to witness. These animals belong somewhere where they will be handled properly & *ideally* released back to their natural habitats. Please do not visit here.
  • Pretty good place to visit. Not quite a zoo, but not quite a botanical garden. A nice mixture of both. The place is perhaps a bit more oriented towards kids than adults, but adults can be entertained as well. Very nice staff. Fairly well-maintained grounds. A great emphasis on rescued animals. Rich history. The price was a bit steep in my opinion, especially if you are also going to have lunch there (you can't bring in any food from the outside). So be prepared to spend at least $30 per adult if you are going to have a lunch.
  • It wasn't as magical as it was a couple years ago when my family and I would come here. The whole parking lot was empty and seems more geared toward families who are just visiting Florida rather than people who actually live here. It just seemed... Dead. The gift shop was a bit over priced and a lot of the enclosures were a bit dated. But I could've just grown out of it too. It's still kinda neat just to go and see some animals. You can feed flamingos, take pictures with some parrots. There's a nice walk through the park to kill some time.