As a mom, I feel like you can only go to the local park so many times and see the same curly tail lizards or squirrels stealing snacks. I’m always looking for fun places in South Florida to take the kids to. When I heard the local scoop about Jungle Island, I yelled, “Road Trip!!”
It’s about an hour from where we live in the heart of Miami. I packed some snacks and few sippy cups and we headed down for an all day adventure.
Here is the scoop on 5 reasons why my family loves Jungle Island.
1.Wearing the Parrots
When you first enter the park, you get in line to have a photo with these beautiful parrots. You stand in front of a green screen, so the backgrounds can be changed. You can purchase your photos later online.
This guy was whispering sweet nothings in my ear. My kids thought it was hysterical.
2. Feeding The Animals
A huge treat was feeding the animals in the Petting Barn area. This African Pygmy Goat was our new best friend after we handed him an ice cream cone snack. These guys are playful animals with a great need for companionship. I think he would have come home with us, if I had let him.
FUN FACT: The African Pygmy is one of four types of dwarf goats from Africa, now domesticated and worldwide.Their diet consist of grasses, twigs and leaves. This is gross but they regurgitate food and chew it again in order to get the most nutrients possible from its highly indigestible cellulose diet. Maybe we humans are missing out on something? Probably not!
One of their favorite treats, though, is Kool-Aid, which guests can feed them in a baby bottle. Can you say? “OH YEAH!”
3. The Bird Show
The Bird Show was recommended by guest services as a must see. What a cool show as vultures, parrots and endangered type of birds were flying over our heads and into the hands of the trainers. It was a great learning experience for my kids and something we had never seen before.
Below you can see a quick video of what I’m talking about.
4. Jumping With The Kangaroos
You can get up close and personal with a Red Kangaroo which is the largest marsupial around . No running or yelling inside this area as these guys can take 12 ft. leaps and reach a speed of 30 mph.
5. The Playground
Once they saw The Playground, all I could hear was “PLEASE”, as the begging began. Of course, we checked out the slide and the climbing towers along with the rocking bridge.
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, Florida 33132