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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  • We visit this place yearly...it is always well maintained and just a peaceful outing for children and adults alike.  more »
  • Took my teenage daughter for a few hours. Caught and animal show and had lunch at the cafe. I thought the prices were very fair. The main attraction is feeding the flamingos. We bought the large bag a...  more »
  • We visited Jungle Gardens on our way down to Marco Island. We had not been to Jungle Gardens since our son was a little boy and wanted to see it again. Our son is now 18 and our daughter is 12. It was...  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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