Miami’s Jungle Island
It’s time to go wild in Florida! Take the family to Miami’s incredible Jungle Island, which is guaranteed to provide hours of fun for adults and children. Explore the different themed zones to see the huge variety of animals from all over the world.
About Jungle Island
Founded in 1936, Jungle Island Miami was originally a parrot jungle in south Miami and was best known for its beautiful pink flamingos and, of course, its parrots! Since then, it has rapidly expanded, and moved to its current location in 2003, following years of planning and redevelopment after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
What you can see and do at Jungle Island Miami today
Head to the Orangutan School to learn about the amazing intelligence of this great ape, which has an arm span of up to 7 feet! See the Tortoise Exhibit and find out how these creatures grow to their incredible size, then go on an Everglades Habitat & Walk to learn about one of North America’s great wildlife wildernesses.
Don’t forget to visit the Manu Encounter, which is inspired by the clay cliffs of Manu in Peru and includes parrots, Squirrel monkeys, and free-flying macaws.
Relax at Jungle Island’s Parrot Cove beach
After all that, head to the island’s private beach, Parrot Cove, to relax in tropical nature as you enjoy stunning views of Biscayne Bay. Parents can lounge on the soft sand while the kids burn off some energy on the huge floating water park equipped with balance beams, obstacles, and trampolines. It’s the perfect place to take a break for a while.
Other places to explore at Jungle Island Miami
Interact with Jungle Island’s trainers and ask them some questions, or take the children to the playground where they can glide down slides and explore the crawl tubes. You’ll also find food-dispensers on the jungle paths, so you can feed the birds.
The VIP Experience
If you’re looking for something extra special, book a special VIP Experience Ultimate Jungle Trek where you’ll go on an exciting four-hour tour behind the scenes and benefit from priority show seating. Or book a Go Wild VIP Tour 90-minute walking tour or a three-hour Go Wilder VIP Tour safari experience. These VIP experiences will enable you to get up close to Jungle Island’s most exciting animals, from monkeys to alligators (although we’re guessing you don’t get too close to the alligators!).
The Ed-Venture Camp
In summer, Jungle Island Miami organises a special Ed-venture camp for children, where they can take part in learning sessions, games, animal encounters, arts and crafts, and other activities. The week-long programme is a fantastic opportunity for them to learn about different animal habitats, conservation programmes, and what it’s like to be a zookeeper. All participants will receive a big bunch of freebies, from snacks and a camp T-shirt to a Jungle Island logo backpack and a Souvenir Jungle Island Safari hat.
How to get to Jungle Island
Jungle Island is on Watson Island Park, just a short drive from Downtown Miami, so it’s very easy to get to, especially if you’re staying in the centre of Miami. The easiest way to reach the attraction is to take the MacArthur Causeway (I-395) and exit 2D if you’re travelling from I-95, or make a right turn after Palm Island if you’re driving the east. There’s also a regular bus service to the island on Routes C, M, S, and 120, so hiring a car during your trip to Miami isn’t essential.
Buy a one-day pass for access to all the animal exhibits, shows and the children’s playground. Or, if you’re staying in Miami for a while or visiting the city again soon, consider a Jungle Island Annual Pass, which will also give you the chance to see some Australian red kangaroos.
Jungle Island Miami is open to visitors all year round, although the park may close during severe weather. During special events the opening hours may also be extended, and it’s a good idea to check this in advance so you don’t miss out.