Visitors in Miami never miss a chance to escape for a day at Jungle Island. It is one of the city’s most prized destinations, and those with a taste for the exotic understand why as soon as they set foot in this 18.6 acre-park, nestled between downtown Miami and South Beach. It is where they encounter rare wildlife from all over the world.
Formerly called Parrot Island, Jungle Island showcases the most phenomenal and astounding birds of the world. It is home to 3,000 animals, including orangutans, tigers and crocodiles, and 500 species of plants.
Guests can get acquainted with rare albino alligators, marvel at highly-trained cockatoos, and enjoy a close-up with Macaws and parrots. Reptile and snake lovers will not be disappointed, and those with an even more adventurous flair can experience encounters with the unique Hippo-Mungous Waterslide and private Beach. At the center of it all is the Jungle Theater, a spectacular open-air arena where visitors marvel at extraordinary animal performances.
At the plant nurseries, visitors can learn about the holistic approach to landscape development used at Jungle Island’s 18 –acre garden. Jungle Trails offer 1.35 miles of tree-lined paths that wind through the park, and the petting farm is a favorite among children: there, they feed their favorite farmyard pals, and enjoy an interactive Playground Area with slides, ladders and other amusements intertwined among the trees in a natural setting.
A trip to Jungle Island is similar to a voyage into the wild. Guests never cease to be amazed at the variety of flora and fauna existing in this South Florida slice of paradise. What’s more, the friendly and remarkably experienced staff always makes the experience at Jungle Island one to be remembered. Along with their professionalism and dedication, they help make Jungle Island the apex of Franz Scherr’s wildest dreams. As he once wished, the thousands of birds in the park are truly “flying free.”