National Parks / Natural World

Jungle Gardens Avery Island

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Jungle Gardens
Main Road, Hwy 329
Avery Island
LA
70513
Tel: 337 369 6243

Where are we going today?

Sometimes it's nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and to take the family to a place that is peaceful, and calm, and beautiful.

Jungle Gardens in Louisiana is just that. Located on the beautiful Avery Island, this 170 acre experience will give kids the chance to see real natural beauty and tranquility.

Popular with naturalists and bird watchers, Jungle Gardens features rolilng landscapes, botanical treasures, and a host of beautiful wildlife.

There are a number a of attractions within Jungle Gardens that you can explore, including beautiful flowers, amazing colors, and even a Buddha that is centuries old.

This Buddha statue is actually over 900 years old, and is a focual point for those who visit the gardens.

Another popular area within Jungle Gardens is Bird City. This famous rookery once started life as a bird colony in the 1890s. It began when Egrets were raised in the aviary that was specially built. When these birds were released in the fall to migrate, they came back in spring.

This continued, and how it's an amazing city of birds that the kids will just love to see!

Of course, the wildlife in Jungle Gardens is a highlight too! Along with the Snowy Egrets, you might just catch a sneak at alligators (we are in Louisiana, after all!) as well as raccoons, dear, and even the odd black bear if you are lucky! Coyotes, wild cats, otters, rabbits - all these species have been spotted, so keep your eye out!

Don't miss Monsurat - the largest alligator ever caught on the island at over 18ft long!

A beautiful day in nature in a stunning part of Louisiana!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8 gardens only. $12.50 with the visitor center
  • Children$5 gardens only. $9.50 with the visitor center.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily

Year round

Teachers corner

What a great place to visit with the students! They offer tours for students 9am - 5pm daily, and they can offer bag lunches too. Allow 90 minutes for the factory tour.

I'm Hungry!

It's a good idea to grab something nearby before or after your visit .

Any Top Tips?

Take your mobile phone for an enhanced experience as you drive through the jungle!.

Need a little extra help?

They are handicapped accessible!.

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop so bring that pocket money - there are great gifts and merchandise waiting to be picked up!.

More information

They offer bird tours! You can reserved 7 days a week to book your place. You need to book 24 hours in advance. .

What people are saying?

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    Really nice place! I've never been able to feed flamingos before anywhere. They were just really neat. Some other birds were in the area and ate as well. We also saw some talking parrots. You can also feed the alligators which was really neat to do! Definitely a must stop if you are in Sarasota!

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    A nice spot to spend 2-3 hours strolling. The best part is definitely the flamingos. They are friendly and walk right up to you so you can feed them. Be sure to pack water though, it is very humid and hot; even under the tree canopies! They have presentations of the different animal groups. But they should tell you which animals they will be showing. A snake popped up and I nearly knocked people over trying to run away.

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    My husband and I visited today with our granddaughter despite the bad reviews we had seen. We wanted to see for ourselves. Admission was very overpriced (47.50 for two seniors and one adult with the Triple AAA discount) considering you could see the whole zoo in less than an hour. The conditions the animals live in are not the best. It was sad to see an alligator in an area so small and bathing in a pool of water that wasn't big enough to keep a turtle cool. I would recommend The Naples Zoo or Tampa's Lowry Zoo. We love Octagon Wildlife Preserve...Read More

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    Honestly, if you could do zero stars, I would in a heart beat. This was the worst place I have ever been to. The animals are mostly non native and are basically miserable. For example, there was a skunk in a tiny cage pacing back and forward and birds in tiny cages as well with no flying space. The entire place smelled awful and did not look cared for. It was cool to feed flamingos, but due to the flamingo food being scattered around, many other random birds where there getting in the way. We paid lots of money to be there and then we decided that...Read More

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    Our family went with low expectations, especially my young one who is against zoo type places. Admission is a little high, but you can find coupons around town before you go. Lots of shaded area during your walk. Beautiful park! The absolute best is the feeding of the ducks and flamingos. Animals seems content.
    It took about a little over an hour for the whole park. The reptile show wasn't all that.
    Take plenty of water with you and take breaks.

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by Brenda Sproul

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My husband and I visited today with our granddaughter despite the bad reviews we had seen. We wanted to see for ourselves. Admission was very overpriced (47.50 for two seniors and one adult with the Triple AAA discount) considering you could see the whole zoo in less than an hour. The conditions the animals live in are not the best. It was sad to see an alligator in an area so small and bathing in a pool of water that wasn't big enough to keep a turtle cool. I would recommend The Naples Zoo or Tampa's Lowry Zoo. We love Octagon Wildlife Preserve in Punta Gorda if you want to see all types of animals. Disappointing day.

by Ella Moeltner

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Honestly, if you could do zero stars, I would in a heart beat. This was the worst place I have ever been to. The animals are mostly non native and are basically miserable. For example, there was a skunk in a tiny cage pacing back and forward and birds in tiny cages as well with no flying space. The entire place smelled awful and did not look cared for. It was cool to feed flamingos, but due to the flamingo food being scattered around, many other random birds where there getting in the way. We paid lots of money to be there and then we decided that we couldn't stay for the show because of how horrible we felt about the animals situation. Please believe me when I say that you should not support this place. It might be a fun place for little kids but that's because they don't understand how mean it is to put animals in cages like this. Trust me, this will be your number one money waster of the year. Don't support it.

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