You know the drill. You’ve just returned to Miami from a fabulous cruise and you are waiting for your flight back to Cleveland. Spring break was great; but, now you’re waiting, and waiting, and waiting.  That cheap evening flight back to Cleveland Hopkins Airport sounded like a good idea originally; but, now the kids are cranky, you’ve finished your crossword puzzle and you wish you had planned differently.

Jungle Island to the rescue.  Just 8 miles, or a 12 minute cab ride from the airport, Jungle Island will keep your kids busy for the day.  More than a zoo, there are all sorts of hourly shows and interactive attractions. Plus, as a special for cruise passengers, they will hold your luggage. Click here for details.

Animals include a Liger (no spelling error here) which is an accidental breeding of a male lion with a female tiger. Hercules, the largest cat on earth (according to Guinness) stands over 11 feet tall when he’s upright.  In addition, there are other big cats like panthers, lynx, leopards, cougars and tigers.

Photographic opportunities abound with over 1,100 tropical birds and 2,000 varieties of plants. The birds put on their own not-to-be-missed show with a giant, six foot tall Cassowary, who swallows apples whole. Watch out for the vultures flying inches above your head.  The bird exhibit started in 1936 and has been amazing visitors ever since.

After, or between the shows, relax at La Playa, a beach front area for swimming and playing on giant inflatables. Relax under table umbrellas or stretch out on a chaise lounge with a Playa Colada.

If you go, you need to know:

Jungle Island, off of I-395 between Downtown Miami and South Beach.
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, Florida 33132
Phone (305) 400-7000
http://jungleisland.com

Admission Prices
One-Day Admission:
Adults (Ages 11-64) $29.95 plus tax
Seniors (Ages 65+) $27.95 plus tax
Children (Ages 3-10) $23.95 plus tax
Children (Ages 0-2) Free

Stroller and Wheelchair Rentals
Single Stroller – $7.50
Double Stroller – $10.50
Wheelchair – $8.50
Electronic Convenience Vehicle (ECV) – $30.00

Hours
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.