If you’re planning on visiting South Florida on your next vacation you should really consider adding a stop at Jungle Island to your itinerary.
Jungle Island, formerly known as Parrot Jungle, is an interactive zoo located east of Downtown Miami. The park is filled with animals, birds, and reptiles of all kinds. There are also shows where you can learn about the animals and important conservation efforts.
Check out our helpful guide for visiting Jungle Island in Miami, packed full of ways to save on admission, tips for visiting, other nearby attractions, and much more.
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Tips for Visiting Jungle Island
If this is your first time at Jungle Island you may not realize just how much stuff there is to see and do there.
When you arrive at Jungle Island you will receive a map and a list of showtimes that you will be able to enjoy while you visit the park. This will help you make sure that you go to every attraction and don’t miss out on any amazing experiences.
Here are some useful tips to make the best out of your visit:
- Arrive early. By arriving early you’ll not only be able to enjoy more exhibits and shows, but you’ll also be able to find a great parking spot.
- Don’t skip any exhibits. Each exhibit houses an animal, bird, or reptile and gives interesting information about them. If you miss an exhibit you may be missing out on an intriguing piece of information.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Jungle Island covers a span of 22 acres, which means that you should be prepared to walk quite a bit. By wearing comfortable shoes you can avoid having to cut your trip short because of blisters and sore feet.
- Plan ahead. Jungle Island is the type of park where you can spend your entire day! If you plan ahead you can really take advantage of all there is to see and do.
What You Should Bring
If you’re heading to Jungle Island there are a few essentials that you absolutely must bring with you.
Make sure you bring plenty of quarters because there are various areas around the park where you can feed the animals and birds. The feeders all take quarters and if you have children this is certainly not the type of activity you’ll want to skip.
Whether you have children with you or not you should make sure that you have sunblock with you. Let’s face it, the sun shines bring in South Florida and the last thing you want to do is go home from a vacation with a painful sunburn.
Another accessory necessary for any outing in South Florida is a pair of sunglasses. The sunglasses will keep your eyes from straining under the harsh sunlight, which means you’ll be able to enjoy all of the sights available at the park.
Most families spend hours at Jungle Island, so it’s always good to bring a water bottle with you to stay hydrated, or purchase a bottle from one of the concession stands.
Jungle Island is filled with beautiful sights, which means you’ll want to take various photos during your visit. Bring a camera or camera phone with you so that you and your family can pose for some memorable photos.
If you plan on visiting Parrot’s Cove and enjoying the beach or water park you should wear your bathing suit to the park and bring a change of clothes. You may also want to bring a towel so that you can dry off if you get wet.
What to Do There
Jungle Island has three different shows throughout the day that will introduce you to some of the most amazing animals, reptiles, and birds from around the world.
Their shows include:
This show takes place in the Parrot Bowl and showcases some of the most incredible-looking, talented (, and even some dangerous) birds from all over the world.
Some of the most popular birds featured include the Andean condor and macaws that perform amazing aerial stunts.
The Wild Encounter show takes place in the Jungle Theater and introduces the audience to some intriguing felines.
During this show the performers will bring in various wild “cats” and discuss what conservation efforts are being done to help the species.
Inside of the Serpentarium you’ll be able to visit the animal care staff and learn about some of the most unique and rare critters, reptiles, and animals that live in the jungle.
In addition to the shows, you and your family will be able to enjoy various location-themed exhibits housing all sorts of birds, animals, and reptiles.
Here are a few of the exhibits you can visit while you’re at Jungle Island:
In this exhibit you’ll see and learn about macaws, parrots, monkeys, and other exotic animals.
Animal Care Trainers will provide a short presentation about the animals and their habitats and will answer any questions you may have.
In the Everglades exhibit, you’ll see a replica of the Florida Everglades and some of the animals and reptiles that live there. The Alligators were kings there, mainly because they are large and aggressive.
At The Tortoise Exhibit, you’ll be able to see giant tortoise, some of which can grow to be over 150 years old.
The Crossings is Jungle Island’s most famous exhibit because it features the beautiful, rare Liger. In this exhibit, you’ll also find lions and tigers.
Flamingo Lake is filled with bring colored flamingo and attracts the attention of all of the park’s guests.
If you’re going to be in the South Florida area, there are quite a few family-friendly attractions you can enjoy.
Just down the street from Jungle Island is Miami Children’s Museum, where you and your family can visit and enjoy an interactive museum with art pieces created by children of all ages.
Take a short drive down to South Beach and you can go on a famous Duck Tour of South Beach. On the Duck Tour you’ll go on a tour inside of a vehicle which drives both on dry land and in the water.
Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami is also a very family-friendly environment, with stores, restaurants, boat rides, and much more.
For an incredible vacation experience, take your family to Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne. Here you’ll get to see and learn about lots of fishes and sea mammals… as well as get soaked in one of their fun shows.
Places to Eat Nearby
While you’re in Jungle Island there is one place you’ll definitely want to eat, the Lakeside Café. They serve some of the best sandwiches, pizza, and salads in the entire park. There’s no hassle of having to leave the park to eat and you can find something that everyone likes.
If you’re not in the mood to eat inside of the park you should head over to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. at Bayside. The food is delicious the atmosphere is family-friendly and you can go on a boat ride afterward if you like.
Need to Know
- Daily, Monday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm (Last admission at 4:00 pm)
Directions & Address
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, FL 33132
Driving: Jungle Island is located in the heart of Miami, off of I-395(MacArthur Causeway) between Downtown Miami and South Beach.
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