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“Something to be proud of...”
Review of Flamingo Gardens

Flamingo Gardens
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General Admission to Flamingo Gardens Admission in Fort Lauderdale
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Davie
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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6 reviews
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“Something to be proud of...”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

As a South Floridian we are inundated with ads for all the big parks and zoos. The scenery alone is worth the visit. The grounds are lovely and full of some really incredibly well preserved trees. What I love most about this place is that it's not for profit, the animals that can be recuperated are released and the ones that cannot be released are participants in breeding programs to ensure the safety of the species. The animals are well cared for and not there for "show". I'm happy to return as often as I can and happy to pay the admission price. At least I know where my money is going. My only criticism is of the cafe in the middle of the park. It could use a little more variety. As a vegetarian there was nothing for me to eat except for bagged mixed nuts. The smoothie bar out front was a savior. If you go, make sure you take 15 minutes and watch the animal show. Very informative.

Visited November 2013
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Claudia P, Public Relations Manager at Flamingo Gardens, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review on Tripadviser. We want you to know that we are listening to our guests and we are adding fresh fruit salad to the menu at the cafe so there will be something else for you to choose. We are so glad that you had a great time otherwise and hope to see you again soon.
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“Lots to see”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

We went there Veterans Day and the veteran in the group got in for free (a nice surprise). There is a tram that takes you around the botanical gardens and rescued wildlife. Also, a show that depicts a few of the rescued animals in the facility. We spent quite a few hours looking around. It was a pleasant day.

Visited November 2013
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Claudia P, Public Relations Manager at Flamingo Gardens, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review on Tripadvisor. We are glad that you had a great time and hope you will visit us again soon.
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lymington
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“In need of some TLC”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

I have visited many gardens around the world and am sad to say this one is in desperate need of some TLC
Paid an extra $4 which is reasonable for the train tour (carriage pulled by a truck) these are normally worth doing but not here, rather uninformative and the driver drove at speed so no opportunity for photo's
the grounds upon entrance looked nice but on the inside they are unkempt, the flamingos and the aviary stunk badly, the birds of prey was a sad experience, the only effort spent there was the stupid Halloween exhibits, the place was as sad as all the animals looked, the local cats were cute though, the girl who showed us around the historic house was very nice and helpful and the house was very interesting as was the information given by the host, there was a bar to get a drink but it didnt look appealing, toilets were dirty and in bad repair,as was the building, was maybe at one time a great place to go but sadly not now, wouldnt really recommend going which is a shame as the money could help improve things, but that said even with no money the animals could be better cared for

Visited October 2013
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Claudia P, Public Relations Manager at Flamingo Gardens, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
I have to take exception to the characterization that our animals are not cared for and in sad shape. The animals in this sanctuary get the very best of care. They are all injured, non-releasable. They live out their lives in habitats that are as close to their natural habitats as we can make. I don't know what "sad" animals look like. Our new Black Bear Habitat is just one month old and is state of the art. The majority of funds collected from admissions, donations and memberships go to caring for and feeding our animals. We are a non-profit organization, and we are not a zoo.

I am sorry if the tram driver went too fast for you. We will speak to the driver about slowing down. I don't know if you noticed, but the bathrooms are under construction, having all new doors installed.

That said, we do the best we can with amount of money we have.
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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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“Lovely experience”
Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Just a short drive from Fort Lauderdale ,this is a real surprise. It's a sanctuary, where they take in birds and animals that can't be put into the wild. It's well organised and the trip on the tram around the grounds was great. They also have a good breeding program that let the offspring back into the wild. You can feed the birds. The staff were really helpful ,explaining all about the animals, especially the lady on the desk.well worth a visit .

Visited October 2013
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Claudia P, Public Relations Manager at Flamingo Gardens, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review of Flamingo Gardens. We are glad that you had such a good time and for recognizing the hard work our employees do every day. We hope you will visit us again in the future.
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Aventura, Florida
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“Not bad but not exciting either”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We've been there on Sunday morning , it was a hot day , we really enjoy the area where the flamingos are , but for the rest I can tell that was not so exciting , the other attractions like turtles, alligators and a bear I didn't find them very interesting ,the employees are definitely nice and friendly , but I don't think I'll go back there .

Visited October 2013
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Claudia P, Public Relations Manager at Flamingo Gardens, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Thank you for honoring our employees. They work very hard to make everyone's experience a positive one.
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