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Sarasota Jungle Gardens Sarasota

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Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota
FL
34234
Tel: 941-388-4444

Where are we going today?

Kids, do you want to know a really cool fact about the Sarasota Jungle Gardens? Well, they are actually one of the oldest continuously operating attractions in the entire state of Florida? That's pretty cool, isn't it!

Sarasota Jungle Gardens have been open since 1940, and very little has changed over the years, ensuring that it still captures that old Florida charm! It certainly showcases memories of Florida during a time gone by, so it's a great introduction to the state's history too for kids!

Did you know that the vegetation at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens actually attract people from all over the world? Once it was considered impenetrable swamp, but it turned out that the soil was actually teeming with nutrients, making it an incredible place for plants to thrive!

The Butterfly Garden is a fun place for the kids to visit, and can be found under a beautiful canopy of trees - many of them fruit! There are palms, flowering vines, self-seeding flowers, and of course incredibly colorful butterflies and moths.

It's not just plant life within these gardens either. In fact, there are over 200 animals all through the park. How many can you spot?

Maybe it will be those beautiful birds, from the cockatoos, to macaws and parrots, or those cheeky primates including the lemurs and monkeys.

From the smallest frogs on the ground, to those snapping icons of Florida - the alligators and crocodiles - it is almost a zoo in these gardens! 

For those kids who want a hands on experience with wildlife, the Petting Zoo is where they should head, with chickens, goats and miniature cows!

What's lovely about these animals is many of them came to the gardens rescued, which means that each one has a story and kist will be able to understand why it's so important to care for animals. Some of them in the gardens are rare and endangered too.

A beautiful family day out in nature, showcasing what makes Florida so special!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$17.99
  • Children$12.99 (Ages 4-16)
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm

Daily, but closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days

Teachers corner

They offer group rates for over 10 people with advance bookings! They have a zoo camp, and they can bring the animals to YOU with their educational programs!.

I'm Hungry!

If your tummies are rumbling, the Flamingo Cafe is where you need to head! From pizza, to nuggets and burgers, it will fill you up, and you can enjoy it indoors or outdoors!.

Healthy Eating!

They have healthy options in the cafe including salads.

Any Top Tips?

Check out the show schedule on the morning you arrive so you can make sure you plan your day around them! You can also meet the keeper after each show!.

Need a little extra help?

They have wheelchairs for rent in the Gift Shop - and the gardens are accessible.

Baby Facilities

They have strollers for rent!.

Can I get one of those?

Bring that pocket money, because .

More information

Admission is FREE to all Florida Public School Teachers during the school year! Just take ID.

What people are saying?

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    Lovely place for kida and adults. We are from Sweden and we loved it, held BIG boasnake, baby gator and lizard. Parrot show with rollerskating birds. Entrance was VERY affordable, $15 !!!!!!!
    Lovely junglewalk with flamingopark and we handfed them. A MUST GO place

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    The holiday lights and activities were delightful! The Santa and all the staff were incredibly friendly. Happy Zoo Year! I hope to visit again during the day when I can check out the animals.

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    Great low key family adventure for our 4 and 5 year old children. We enjoyed the flamingos and met some new baby goats this year.

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    Too bad I had to drive 171 miles to experience this place. The staff is courteous and knowledgeable, the animals well kept for.
    The young lady with the parrots is willing to talk to you about any of the birds and even lets you pet them, the show is hilariously funny and been the owner of parrots and parakeets I know the headaches.
    This is the only place I have visited that has the flamingos walking and fed among the visitors.
    The place thanks GOD is privately own and has not been destroyed by the government
    The place is SERENE and you can actually...Read More

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    It was a very fun activity at a very low price and the staff was very helpful !

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by Eduardo C

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Too bad I had to drive 171 miles to experience this place. The staff is courteous and knowledgeable, the animals well kept for.
The young lady with the parrots is willing to talk to you about any of the birds and even lets you pet them, the show is hilariously funny and been the owner of parrots and parakeets I know the headaches.
This is the only place I have visited that has the flamingos walking and fed among the visitors.
The place thanks GOD is privately own and has not been destroyed by the government
The place is SERENE and you can actually sit down on a bench and get lost in thought.
Any one who visits it will make plans to return, I know I will.

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