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“Gators, Flamingoes and Snakes, Oh My!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34234
941-355-5305
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Ranked #42 of 129 things to do in Sarasota
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Dining
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Owner description: An Old Florida attraction since 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens allows visitors to experience things you won't find anywhere else. Feed free-roaming flamingos, watch parrots ride bicycles, catch lemurs at play, stare down a vulture, or pet a skunk. Be sure to visit the Flamingo Cafe for a refreshing lunch or snack. Enjoy one or more of our acclaimed animal shows. Annual events include Holiday Lights, select nights in December, and Jungle Trails and Bunny Tails, every year on Good Friday.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Gators, Flamingoes and Snakes, Oh My!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

There is a lot more to Florida than the Gulf of Mexico and the white, sandy beaches. Of course, most tourists don't get beyond the water. But there are many other attractions that give visitors a vivid and realistic picture of what Florida is all about--like Sarasota Jungle Gardens. It is one of the oldest consistently open attractions in the state, The diversity of the plant life is a major feature with over 3,000 different species of flora that have been introduced to the ecosystem since the Jungle Gardens were opened in 1939. But, to most tourists, especially the kids, the wildlife is the most interesting attraction of all. In fact, the vast majority of the exotic animals are rescues, having been taken in from the wild after previous owners abandoned them. Be sure to check out one of the daily shows featuring local wildlife. In three or 4 hours, you can walk through 10 beautiful acres of tropical gardens, watch three educational presentations on birds of prey, reptiles and parrots, observe alligators and and crocodiles and fish and snakes and iguanas and lizards, feed the flamingoes, play on a playground and have lunch. There is plenty of flora, fauna and fun to be had for sure. There also are more than 150 native and exotic animals to observe. The entire property is accessible by well-marked and winding jungle trails. The new "Flamingo Cam" provides 24-hour viewing of the flock, one of the park's favorite attractions. There also are daily bird and reptile shows that are as educational as they are entertaining. The after-show question-and-answer session and a wide variety of one-on-one animal interactions, including holding and posing for pictures, is a big reason why many people come back year after year. For the kids, the newly renovated playground, feeding the Koi fish and sounding the "All Aboard" signal on the popular wooden Choo Choo provide endless hours of fun amid the flora and fauna.

Visited July 2014
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“It is a real jungle out there;-)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We wanted to take a break from all the sightseeing and just relax around in Sarasota. We picked the Gardens and it was a good decision. Kids loved it. We even got scared during the reptile show when a trainer was having a hard time to handle one of his gators. Its tail whacked the trainer's back and You could tell that hurt him a lot.
They had a very interesting parrot show. We could not believe that one of those parrots was over 40 years old and still doing tricks.
The best part for my kids was feeding flamingos and fish in the pond.

Visited July 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Animals, Gardens & Flamingoes!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

In 3 or 4 hours, you can walk thru 10 beautiful acres of tropical gardens, watch 3 educational presentations (Birds of Prey, Reptiles, & Entertaining Parrots), see Alligators & Crocodiles, feed the flamingoes, play on the playground & have lunch. The well marked paths are easy to navigate & provides lots of shade in hot weather. Stroller & wheelchair friendly. See ring-tailed lemurs, snakes, turtles, etc. Kid friendly.

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sarasota, florida
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“Smelly...those poor animals”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The kids didn't notice the smell, but we did after paying "a small fortune" to go in. Although the kids enjoyed the bird show, I would never take the kids there if I knew the animals looked so pathetic. We are tourists and I should have stayed with going to the beach...pristine and clean! The grounds are pretty but we found out later that there are many BEAUTIFUL parks for families in Sarasota. We'll come back to Sarasota but not "Jungle gardens"

Visited May 2014
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Ontario, Canada
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“Exciting for all ages!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I enjoyed feeding the flamingos, turtles and fishes. The pathways lead you to peaceful gardens and interesting animals. I even had my picture taken with a beautiful parrot.A very interesting and enjoyable day! A great place for children of all ages.

Visited June 2014
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