Sarasota Jungle GardenCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34234, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9413555305
- Ticket Price: 16 USD
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Forest, Garden, Leisure, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot, Nature
Sarasota Jungle Garden - Review
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.
Sarasota Jungle Garden Ticket Prices
- 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 by Public Transport
- The nearest airport is the Bradenton Airport.
Restaurants Near Sarasota Jungle Garden
- Gold Dynasty Restaurant
- Yummy House China Bistro
- Barnacle Bill’s Seafood
- Hungry Howie’s
- Burger King
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Things to Know Before Visiting Sarasota Jungle Garden
75.65% 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
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Sarasota Jungle Garden, Sarasota Reviews
It is a fun little hidden gem. Don't expect to be blown away but, for the price definitely worth it. My kids liked all the feeding opportunities. You can feed goats, gators, and flamingos. The staff was very friendly especially John the bird show guy. Food was reasonably priced and most areas are shaded. Definitely worth a visit.
My wife and I loved our visit. Lady's in the gift shop very friendly. Specially liked the pictures with bird 🐦 encounter (its free to take your pictures with a McCall) Bring roll of quarters feeding stations through out the park. A lot of shade and places to sit. Plan about 2 to 3 hours.
I probably would have given it five star review... it's lovely ...except red tide made the place smell and it was incredibly hot. Also when you sitting at this lovely bird show they should have the fans on for the audience... otherwise it was totally delightful Charming show....it is clear the lady loves the birds that she was working with ...Grounds were lovely and pink flamingos are stunning in person....but we were too hot to stay more than hour.
This place was fun! Wasn’t sure what to expect after reading reviews but we had a blast. Feeding the flamingos was the highlight. If you enjoy jungles and gardens, you will enjoy this place. Beautiful! With 5 kids, we went through the park in 3 hours including the reptile show (sweet, short and we got to pet an alligator), the bird interaction and the petting zoo. This is a small park but it’s worth it. Don’t forget quarters for animal feed.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens presented the opportunity for a fun family outing. Although fairly well maintained the park appears to have been unchanged since the early 70's. Enclosures are uninspired cages with little comfort given the animal while still keeping the vistor too far for optimal viewing. During my visit in particular many animals were either completely missing or unavailable. Price-wise the jungle Gardens does not break the bank but is a little more than I would care to have paid in retrospect.