Florida is full of natural wonders, treasures, and oddities, and the wildlife is certainly no exception. From modern-day dinosaurs to colorful birds, you can see plenty of cool critters at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. A favorite of many guests who explore these gardens are the free-roaming flamingos, who will come right up to you and be happy to show you around!
Loud, flamboyant, and very friendly, these colorful birds roam the gardens whenever and wherever they please. You can even hand-feed them some of their favorite seeds for an up-close-and-personal encounter.
You can also feed koi fish, explore the 10 acres of lush tropical landscape, and learn about the many other exotic animals that call this jungle park home.
Different exhibits you can experience include alligator feedings, bird displays, and the chance to have your picture taken with some of the feathered or scaled stars of the show.
For more furry friends, you can also check out the petting zoo, where goats and pigs snack on hay and love a good scratch on the back.
Aside from hanging out with wildlife and these pink birds of paradise, Sarasota Jungle Gardens features lush trails that wind you through a tropical landscape. They make for some pretty dreamy Insta-shots too.
Flamingos, alligators, monkeys, and more are waiting to see you at Sarasota Jungle Gardens!
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Address: 3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL
Why You Need To Go: Wander this lush and beautiful jungle park in Sarasota to hang out with friendly free-roaming flamingos. Birds of a feather flock together!
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