Best Animal Attractions in Miami

Miami is a great family destination. It’s filled with beaches for sunbathing, water sports, and sandcastles. Miami has boardwalks for bike rides and historic and cultural attractions for miles. It’s also home to a large number of popular animal attractions. From zoos and aquariums to a one-of-a-kind safari experience right here in Florida.

For animal-loving families from all over, Miami is the place to meet animals from all around the world and throughout Florida. Check out our recommendations for the best animal attractions in Miami, including…

  • Jungle Island
  • Miami Seaquarium
  • Zoo Miami
  • Lion County Safari
  • Everglades Alligator Farm

Jungle Island

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This small but delightful animal park is located right in Miami on the tiny Watson Island (also home to the Miami Children’s Museum). The emphasis at Jungle Island is really on encountering exotic wildlife from an educational perspective while still maintaining that sense of wonder and awe. Some of the exhibit highlights include the avian Winged Wonders, the big cat-focused Wild Encounter, and the unusual Wild Adventures. You can choose to upgrade to a special animal experience to meet creatures like lemurs, sloths, and flamingos. 

Miami Seaquarium

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Part immersive aquarium, part conservation center, the Miami Seaquarium offers an amazing array of animal shows, feedings, demonstrations, and much more. See playful dolphins and feisty sea lions perform for their trainers. Sink your hands into an exotic touch pool featuring a variety of tiny critters. Hang out with penguins, snap photos of flamingos, and learn all about the rehabilitation efforts of the Miami Seaquarium as they work with manatees. You can also opt to upgrade to personal animal encounters for an even more special experience.

Zoo Miami

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With over 3,000 creatures housed at Zoo Miami, this expansive zoological park is the perfect place to take the kids to meet their favorite animal friends. These animals (as well as over 1,000 different plants) come from Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Amazon. Roam through five themed areas and say “hello” to bears, elephants, jaguars, and many more creatures. There’s also a Jungle Journey Playground just for the little ones, as well as the Critter Connection petting zoo. 

Lion Country Safari

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Lion Country Safari is a truly unique drive-through safari experience. This animal park is a rare opportunity to see many exotic animals in an approximation of their natural habitat. The park is divided into seven themed areas, with animals roaming the plains and forests along your four-mile drive through Lion Country Safari. See a few of the over 900 critters that call this place home on your drive. Then, spend a while at the Safari World Amusement Park. Here you can feed a giraffe, enjoy a petting zoo, and learn more about the animals you saw on your journey.

Everglades Alligator Farm

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If you’re in the mood specifically to see Florida’s most iconic critters, then you’ll want to head to the Everglades Alligator Farm. It’s home to more than 2,000 of these intimidating animals! This attraction allows you to see how keepers interact with and feed the gators. There’s even a snake show, for those who want to attempt to handle these scaly critters. Visitors will also see plenty of other wildlife on the included airboat ride through the Everglades. This is where snakes, turtles, birds, and other wild gators roam free. 

Save on Miami Animal Attractions

Miami is an amazing place to encounter all kinds of wildlife, whether you’re interested in the local fauna or want to meet sea creatures or exotic animals from around the globe. If you want to save up to 55% on admission to these animal attractions and other great things to do in Miami, grab a Go Miami pass today!

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