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A Walk in the Jungle – Jungle Gardens – Sarasota, Florida

Have you ever walked with a Flamingo? Well, at Jungle Gardens, not only can you walk with the Flamingos, you can hand feed them too!!

Jungle Gardens has been around for a long time. Since 1939, to be exact. When deciding to visit Jungle Gardens, my first thought was that any attraction in Florida that can draw people in year after year for that many years? It must be something to see.

A video tour – our visit

We started our visit with a reptile show and learned a bit about the reptiles on display at Jungle Gardens. Reptiles are not necessarily my favorite, and I can be a bit skittish, but as long as they are on the other side of the fence or glass, they are pretty cool to look at.

The tropical birds, on the other hand, were a big attraction to me. I could watch their antics all day. The bird show was fun, and it is remarkable what birds learn to do. They each have their own personality and have the ability to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Then there are the free-roaming birds, the peacocks, the flamingos, and the wild birds that made Jungle Gardens their home.

The lush tropical landscape really does give the feel of walking through a jungle, and hearing the sounds of the tropical birds squawking at the visitors, makes it sound like you are in one too.

There are other animal exhibits too. Some cute and cuddly and some, well, not so much.

A favorite part of the gardens for me was the enclosed butterfly gardens.

John and I spent about 3 hours at Jungle Gardens but the amount of time you will spend depends on your level of interest and if you have children with you on your visit. I would suspect that if you have children in your party, you will have to allow more time, if not for all the animals and birds, then for the cool little playground area.

The general admission price is very reasonable at $17.99 for adults ages 13- 64, $12.99 for ages 4 -12, and $16.99 for seniors 65 and older. Hours are currently from 10 am – 3:30 pm daily—closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

Jungle Gardens is located at 3701 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota, Florida

Pathways through the park are all paved brick suitable for walking, strollers, or wheelchairs. There are many benches provided in shady spots to sit and rest a bit out of the heat of the sun.

If you are in the Sarasota area or planning a beach vacation in Siesta Key or Lido Beach, then please check out our Sarasota page for ideas on other fun, family-friendly things to do in the area.

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