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“Great experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Monkey Jungle

Monkey Jungle
14805 SW 216 St., South Miami, FL FL 33170
305-235-1611
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Dig (archeology), Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Over 4,000 primates run free throughout this reserve.
Red Bank, Tennessee, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were only in Miami for a day and a half, and the thing I wanted to do most was Monkey Jungle. My husband wasn't so sure, because it was a 45 minute drive from our hotel, but we both agreed it was worth the drive and the rental car! It was nice to see a place where you weren't moping over how depressed or sickly the animals look. It was really exciting to be able to get so close to the monkeys, unless they were fighting over raisins. I bought 6 boxes, but we probably only needed 4 at most between the two of us. I had to get really generous near the end because we had so many left over! The orangutan and gorilla shows were funny and informative. The staff really seems to care about them. Monkey Jungle is definitely on my list to take my future kids to one day!

Visited May 2014
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Miami, Florida, United States
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“Rainforest Tour with Carlos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I've been to Monkey jungle once before today and took the regular tour. I really enjoyed it and found the presentations to be entertaining and informative. Today I went specifically to do the Rainforest Tour. And WOW. Just WOW. I'm still numb and tingly all over. They walk you through the rainforest and give you a bit of history. When you get to the open part they give you food and the squirrel monkeys start jumping all over you. It was an amazing experience. Carlos the tour guide was amazing. If you can do the tour with him please do! It was my boyfriends birthday and Carlos totally went all out. He sat him in the middle and lured the monkeys to start climbing on him so he was surrounded by monkeys. It was just AMAZING. Seriously, why are you still reading this? Head over to Monkey Jungle and see Carlos for the Rainforest Tour

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Awesome Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I would recommend this for any family. We enjoyed feeding and seeing the monkeys up close. Definitely a lot of interactions for family. For a zoo, the prices for food and snacks was very reasonable. I highly recommend.

Visited July 2014
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Milford, Delaware
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Great Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have a love hate affair with zoos. As an animal lover, I hate to see animals in cages. I also understand that good zoos can provide valuable information about animals and good conservation practices. So, what kind of place was Monkey Jungle? Well, since I opted for the "extra" package, I will have to say it was an amazing experience that I would do again!
The facility is on what I would call the outskirts of Miami. The parking lot was free. I visited on a weekday in the summer- it was not crowded. The admission with the monkey ( or rainforest package ) was about $90.00 for one adult. I did have time to see a little bit of the place before my excursion. It is not a large place- but there are plenty of monkeys- hanging out in the pool and climbing on the trees that are all around. You can buy a little box of raisins and feed them through tubes, or as I discovered, right through the mesh. They also have some reptiles on display.
Now, for the extra- I met my guide and we went through some safety precautions. ( Be careful where you walk as the ground is uneven, do not try to pet the monkeys, they will come to you) After that talk, we went into another gated area. I had a place to store my purse. I have to say I was lucky- I was the only tourist to show up that day for this. It was a private tour. My guide was more than willing to take pictures and videos- so glad she did! It is somewhat difficult to convey in words this experience- as soon as the little squirrel monkeys hear the rattle of the seeds- they come flying out! It is like you are a mobile tree! They are sooooo CUTE! they snatch the seeds, and climb, and squeak, and argue- you cannot help but laugh at the joy and antics of these little monkeys!!! And the babies! perched on mama's back- so cool! As all of this was taking place, my guide did keep talking about the monkeys- and their habitat- but I admit I was focused on the monkeys, not the lesson! There were also Capuchin monkeys- bigger and dominant. Later, we met a Howler monkey who gave me a kiss. All in all, it took about 45 minutes to an hour- what a great time! I will say, if you love animals this is for you- if you or the kids are so so about animals or uncomfortable about monkeys plopping on your head- not for you! In 45 minutes I was a little scratched and I was bitten by a fire ant or two. It was worth it though and I would do it again. I did stick around to listen to the presentations on their gorilla and orangutan which were informative, but the squirrel monkeys were the highlight of the day!

Visited July 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
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“Wanted to go back the next day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

For years I have wanted to visit this park while in Miami for business and I finally made the time to drive an hour to see it.

Yes it is a small park and you can technically see most of it within a short time period. It is a family business, passed down from generation to generation but for the most part, the humans are in cages and the monkeys roam free. For the regular price of admission you can put food in small dishes that the monkeys pull up on a chain and eat, roam through the park and see the shows which include a recycling gorilla (who was saved from a circus) an orangutan, monkeys that dive and swim for food and more.

OR (and if you can afford it I cannot recommend it more highly) you can pay an upgraded fee for the Rain Forest Adventure where you can enter the jungle and hand feed Capuchins and Spider Monkeys. Worth every penny and more.

I am not sure where to even start to describe this experience other than to say that I am in love. It was the most amazing experience and I would absolutely do it again. In fact I wanted to go back again the next day. As soon as we walked in one Spider Monkey jumped on my shoulder in anticipation and waited patiently until our tour guide passed out the food. There were no "rules and regulations". More just warnings that these were live creators and advice on how to handle them with care so no one got hurt, us or them. There was no sense of time. We stayed until the food was gone and the monkeys started to go back into the Jungle (and we had purchased and brought in extra food at the gate). It was absolutely amazing!!!

And just a side note - there were only 8 people on our Adventure and one family had very small kids and they loved it too!

Visited July 2014
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