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Sarasota Jungle Gardens celebrates 80 years in Tampa Bay

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 11:33:02-04

SARASOTA, Fla. — Sarasota Jungle Gardens is one of the oldest roadside attractions in Florida.

Since opening in 1939, this park has provided unmatched interactive experiences with animals and nature. It's one of the few places in the state where you can hand-feed free-roaming flamingos.

The fascinating flamingos are a favorite among visitors who travel from all over the world to see the long-legged, pink-hued wading birds. The flamingos are not shy and often greet guests personally, sometimes face to face.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is also home to more than 200 native and exotic animals including birds of prey, many different species of parrots and macaws, primates, small mammals, dozens of snakes, lizards, iguanas, alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles – many of them rescued or donated.

The park is nestled within 10 acres of lush tropical landscaping connected by winding jungle trails.

Tickets start at $17.99 for adults, $16.99 for seniors (65+), and $12.99 for children (ages 4-16).

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is located at 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Click here for more information.