This garden has been serving as a favorite of people from all parts of the world for quite a few decades. The garden and park is in the main sphere of the city and is often considered as the best local park over here. Apart from just being known as a traditional and old fashioned botanical park, it is also known to put up lovely shows for people of all ages.
This family destination that we can see now was once declared as an impenetrable banana swamp. This was bought by a local newspaperman who wanted to give it the structure of a botanical garden and thus the work started. The park was at last finished in 1936 and then officially inaugurated in 1940 to what we can see now. The park was then sold to the Allyn Family that still remains the owners of this estate.
The garden has a variety of local as well as other exotic plants and shrubs among which the most popular is the Australian nut tree called the Bunya-Bunya. The garden also boasts of the largest Norfolk pine in the world and others such as bulrush, figs, royal palm, selloums, bananas, Peruvian apple cactus, staghorn, oaks, maples, ferns, cypress, etc.
There are shows held here throughout the year and the most watched is the ‘Punch and Judy Show” that is performed by Professor DeWitt. Many children oriented shows are also held here especially during the summer months.
Entrance Ticket Details For Sarasota Jungle Garden
- Seniors (62 yrs and above) $14.99; Military (with ID) $13.99; Child (4-16 yrs) $10.99; Child (below 4 yrs) free.
How to Reach Sarasota Jungle Garden
- The nearest airport is the Bradenton Airport.
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72.8% of people who visit Sarasota include Sarasota Jungle Garden in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
52.38% of people start their Sarasota Jungle Garden visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Sarasota Jungle Garden
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sarasota Jungle Garden
Sarasota Jungle Garden Reviews & Ratings
This is perfect if you are looking for something low key. It's a decent facility, very clean; however some of the exhibits (alligator & a couple of different Hawks were way too small which was hard to see. The highlight, by far, was hand feeding the pink flamingos. That was an absolute blast. They are just amazing birds! The kids enjoyed the little petting zoo which had goats, pot belly pigs and a type of chicken. Kids will love it - adults...meh, except the flamingos - they were cool.
Have been going here for years. Small but very entertaining. Beautiful setting , nice variety of animals. Petting zoo, able to feed the flamingos, our favorite. and feed the fish.(, pictures with big birds or alligators. Play area, bird show. Highly recommend!
The best of the old Florida attractions. It is near so many other great spots too. Feed Flamingos, hold an alligator, snake, or parrot and take pics with your own camera. All those things I mentioned come with your admission. It is also a nice botanical garden too. 1 of Sarasota’s best things to do.
The flamingos are the best part. The staff is very friendly, but this just a small local 'zoo'. They have a TON of different birds, small alligators, a small petting zoo with 2 pigs and a few goats. It's great for smaller children. There aren't larger animals, so don't expect that. It is a but pricey if you have a large family.
If your looking for a place to explore with your kids, you should stop by! Our kids had a great time today feeding the Flamingos and stopping by the petting zoo. The walk ways are beautiful with the different trees, plenty of shade too! They were also excited to see momma peacock and her 4 little babies.