If you’re planning on visiting South Florida on your next vacation with the kids, then Jungle Island simply has to be on 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 the park’s 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.
Looking for Jungle Island Discount Tickets?
We’ve got you covered – Jungle Island admission is available with the below money saving options, so you can choose the attraction pass that’s right for you:
1. All-Inclusive Pass – All you can do. Includes admission to dozens of attractions.
2. Explorer Pass – Choose as you go. Includes admission of up to 5 attractions.
3. Build Your Own Pass – Select the attractions you want to visit prior to visiting.
The Go Miami Card is a digital pass that you can easily access from your smartphone, which essentially includes built-in ‘Jungle Island coupons’ that give you admission to visit this attraction.
Tips for Visiting Jungle Island
If this is your first time at Jungle Island, this guide can be helpful when planning your trip. Most first-time visitors don’t realize how much there is to see and do at this family favorite attraction, so it’s always good idea to review as much as info as you can before your trip.
When you arrive at Jungle Island you will receive a map and a list of showtimes for all of the performances that you’ll be able to enjoy while you visit the park. Make sure you hold on to this: the map 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 your kids will most definitely want to take advantage of the opportunity to interact with various animals in this way.
A must for all visitors is good sunblock with sufficient spf. The sun is serious in South Florida — even on a cloudy day — and the last thing you want to do is go home from a vacation with a painful sunburn. A pair of sunglasses and/or a hat can be useful, too.
Most families spend hours at Jungle Island, so it’s always good to bring a water bottle with you to stay hydrated. If you don’t mind the additional cost, you can also purchase a bottle of water from one of the concession stands.
Jungle Island is filled with beautiful sights, which means you’ll want to take plenty of photos during your visit. Bring a camera or camera phone with you so that you and your family can pose for some memorable pictures.
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 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.
Jungle Island Exhibits
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 are kings here, 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 brightly-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’d like.
Save on Tickets with a Go Miami Card
Remember, the Go Miami® Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility, which includes Jungle Island tickets, plus admission to your choice of other top attractions.
Save up to 55% on top museums, tours, and activities vs. paying at the gate. Visit multiple attractions for one low price.