Sarasota is host to a number of local attractions, many perfectly-sized for a fun field trip with the entire family including young children and grandparents, too. Located just a few moments from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and the world-renowned Ringling Museum, Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a true “Old Florida” attraction. Established in 1939, this tropical oasis is home to Florida alligators, tortoises, dozens of snakes in the Reptile House, parrots, macaws, cockatoos, lemurs, monkeys and flamingos.
Founded in 1939, it is one of the oldest continuously operated attractions in the state. The gardens started with 10 acres of land which were planted with thousands of tropical flowers and trees from all over the world. In the 1970s, the first Exotic Bird Show was created and featured cockatoos and macaws.
The Gardens is a nonprofit organization which acts as a sanctuary for a variety of exotic animals and plants, some of which have been rescued. Here you will find a variety of quaint nature trails, beautiful lake views, dozens of exotic wildlife species, and a few interactive wildlife shows.
The trails here are clean and well-maintained, and also not too long, so everyone can enjoy a healthy, moderate walk in a desirable shady environment. As you navigate the grounds, you will pass a variety of interesting exhibits. Among-st them is the free roaming flamingos, this is one of the few areas where you can see them strolling around at their leisure. You can also feed them, although they seemed to be pretty irritated, likely due to the fact that people feed them on end all day long. The flamingos are absolutely gorgeous!
By visiting Sarasota Jungle Gardens, you will be able to enjoy a leisurely walk around the beautifully landscaped grounds, get in a little exercise, and enjoy an up-close view of some truly beautiful exotic species.
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