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“Lots of interesting animals to see” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Jungle Island

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132
305-400-7000
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Ranked #29 of 122 attractions in Miami
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching, Dining
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Jungle Island is located between downtown Miami and South Beach. The park offers amazing animal exhibits, unique shows and up-close animal interactions unlike anywhere else.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
San Francisco, California
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70 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Lots of interesting animals to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

$37 per person is a bit expensive for this place but we got a two for one coupon on eBay which made this visit a great deal! There are lots of colorful parrots and many many more other animals. Overall it was a pretty good place.

Visited September 2013
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JungleIsland, Public Relations Manager at Jungle Island, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
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“Go for the private VIP tour, pay for the photographer, even if you have to put it on a credit card”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The private tour and interactions with the animals were amazing. I was in tears of happiness for two hours. You are a V.I.P. the entire trip. Celebrities often come here discretely with their kids for this same private tour (yes, in sun hats and big sunglasses to disguise them). The staff is very protective of the celebrities and their identities, and keeps them anonymous, which is how they continue to get their business.

During the VIP tour, Lemurs will leap on you while you feed them cheerios and bananas. I touched an Andean Condor with a huge wingspan. Fed carrots to a 900 pound tortoise. Held a giant albino boa constrictor. Held a baby alligator. Pet a Coati (like a raccoon with a long snout) as it sat on my lap and ate treat like a puppy. I got to hold and pet a baby capuchin monkey. Never again will you look at these animals the same way. You will leave even more dedicated to conserving them in the wild as you learn about each one.

During the arena show you get VIP seating. After the show, you get to meet one of the animals. Your personal guide also gives you background info on each animal that comes out for the show. The VIP tour also includes a meal and a souvenier.

Pay for the photographer. I kept thinking I could take photos myself with my iphone, but you have to keep still in may cases as not to alarm the animals. You can't reach for your camera while holding still. Pay the photographer to follow your trip, they use their zoom lens to capture amazing moments of you with the animals. You only pay for the photos you want at the end. I have photos I will treasure forever. My tour guide said a couple of families have come back and done the tour a second time just to get the photography. Do it right the first time and get the photographer.

The place is still lovely to visit as a plain old zoo experience, but the VIP tour was something so amazing that while you are there it is worth paying extra for. And the cost is not excessive considering what you get out of it - an experience you will never forget!

Visited March 2013
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JungleIsland, Public Relations Manager at Jungle Island, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Hi Julie! We cannot thank you enough for you sharing your experience of Jungle Island on Trip Advisor. We are delighted to hear that you had an amazing time during your VIP Tour and will be sure to share your comments with not only the tour guide, but our entire staff. Reading about experiences like yours is a source of great pride for us here at Jungle Island. Thank you again for sharing and we hope that you will visit us again soon.
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New York City, New York
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“Fun place to be up close and personal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

A really neat and unconventional "zoo" that lets you interact with the animals more- probably not the best idea for the animals or people but I enjoyed it. There is a Lemur tour that is at additional cost but definitely worth it. There is also an option to spend 15 minutes with a baby tiger. I felt a little bad for the animals being handled a lot.

Visited September 2013
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JungleIsland, Public Relations Manager at Jungle Island, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you for visiting Jungle Island and for posting a review on Trip Advisor. We appreciate you taking the time to share you experience and wanted to assure you that the care of our animals is our top priority and would never place any of our animals under any undue stress. Thank you again for visiting and we hope that you will be back soon.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Just Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We took advantage of the Florida Resident special that is happening the last 2 weekend of Sept. We saw pretty much every inch of Jungle Island in less than 1.5 hours - the monkeys, ligers, tigers, flamingos, petting farm, turtles, kangaroos, birds and even a nice 15 min show. We decided to eat at the cafe and it was the WORST food ever. My veggie burger was boiling hot but the bun was ICE cold. I could barely choke down the veggie burger. Overall it was an average experience and not a place that we would go back and see again.

Visited September 2013
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JungleIsland, Public Relations Manager at Jungle Island, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Hi triptravel1234 – Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor. We apologize that you had a less than satisfying experience in our café and have forwarded your comments to our food and beverage department. The park will be unveiling a wide array of new offerings in the coming months so we do hope that you will visit us again in the future.
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Marathon, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very Cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is a great place to visit. Especially if you are into photography. The birds and scenery are full of color so your pictures really come out great. Kids love it and it's a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon

Visited October 2012
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JungleIsland, Public Relations Manager at Jungle Island, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Hi there! Thanks for visiting Jungle Island and for posting a review on Trip Advisor. Please feel free to share some of your photos on our Facebook page and we hope to see you again soon.
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