Miami Metrozoo - Top ten things to do Miami - Vacations Miami
Miami MetroZoo is fast becoming one of the best zoos in the nation. Its climate allows it to keep a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa like no other zoo in the country. One of the first free-range zoos in the country, the exhibits are entirely cage less. Animals are grouped according to their geographic territory and animals that live together peacefully in the wild are placed in exhibits together.
Miami Metrozoo is a 290-acre beautifully maintained animal park with habitats featuring Australia, Asia and Africa. The zoo is completely cageless. The animals are kept a safe distance from visitors via cleverly designed moats. The collection of animals includes lions, rare white Bengal tigers and koala bears, kangaroos, a Komodo dragon and an impressive aviary. A petting zoo is also featured. The 45-minute tram tour and Zoofari monorail, which features a nice overview of the park. The monorail rides are $1/person for the entire day and the tram tours are $3.95 per person in addition to the admission prices of $11.50/adult, $6.75/child, and $10.50/senior citizen. You can enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour with a zookeeper. Note: Expect to do a lot of walking – the exhibits are spaced.
Isolated and never really crowded, it's also completely cageless -- animals are kept at bay by cleverly designed moats. This is a fantastic spot to take younger kids (the older ones seem bored and uninspired here); there's a wonderful petting zoo and play area, and the zoo offers several daily programs designed to educate and entertain. Mufasa and Simba (of Disney fame) were modeled on a couple of Metrozoo's lions. Other residents include two rare white Bengal tigers, a Komodo dragon, rare koala bears, a number of kangaroos, and an African meerkat. The air-conditioned Zoofari Monorail tour offers visitors a nice overview of the park. One of the zoo's newer and more fun exhibits is the interactive Wild Earth Jeep Simulator in which you climb aboard an actual jeep and go on a virtual, simulated safari. Rides cost $5 per person. The zoo is always upgrading its facilities, including the impressive aviary. Note: The distance between animal habitats can be great, so you'll be doing a lot of walking here. For this reason, there are benches and shaded gazebos strategically positioned throughout the zoo so you can rest when you need to. Also, because the zoo can be miserably hot during summer months, plan these visits in the early morning or late afternoon. Expect to spend about 3 hours here.
Address: 1 Zoo Boulevard (12400 SW 152 Street), Miami, FL 33177
Phone: (305) 251-0400
Fax: (305) 378-6381