Jungle Island is a famous South Florida attraction, popular with locals and tourists.
Jungle Island boasts of a Zoological Park with lots of animal interactions, bird shows, waterpark, Ziplines, Nerf Battle zones, a swimmable beach, etc.
It is a perfect day outing for the whole family, especially if you have kids.
How to get to Jungle Island
Jungle Island is in the heart of Miami, between Downtown Miami and South Beach.
Jungle Island’s address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132
If you are driving to Jungle Island, you can approach the tourist attraction either from the North or the East.
From the North, you must get onto Interstate 95 Express and then take Interstate 295 (MacArthur Causeway) exit 2D.
You must cross the bridge and then take the first right after the bridge onto Parrot Jungle Trail.
Continue following the road till you spot Jungle Island’s parking on the left-hand side.
If you are coming from the East, take Interstate 395 West (MacArthur Causeway), and make the first right turn after Palm Island.
It will be right next to the Miami Yacht Club.
Then take the first left turn onto Parrot Jungle Trail and continue till you spot the Jungle Island’s car parking.
Handy Tip: Fire up Google Maps on your mobile and start driving.
If you prefer to take public transport to Jungle Island, visit Miami-Dade’s website or call 305-770-3131 for details.
Bus routes C, M, S, and 120 can take you to Jungle Island.
Jungle Island’s open hours
Jungle Island in Miami opens every day at 10 am and closes at 5 pm, all through the year.
It is open on weekends as well as on public holidays.
SuperFlight, which is one of the latest attractions at Jungle Island, has a different schedule.
Monday: 11 am to 6 pm
Tuesday: 11 am to 6 pm
Wednesday: 11 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm
Friday: 11 am to 8 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm
Luminosa is a time bound exhibition, organized at Jungle Island every year from November to February.
The Chinese Lantern Festival starts at 5 pm and ends at 10 pm every day.
Jungle Island Miami tickets
All the three tickets we have detailed below are smartphone tickets.
That is, you don’t need to take print outs.
On the day of your visit, show the Jungle Island tickets in your email at the entrance and walk-in.
1. General admission Jungle Island ticket
This is the basic entry ticket to Jungle Island and gets you access to all animal exhibits and shows (including the most popular bird show!).
This ticket also gets you access to the Parrot Cove beach, the Zipline, Water park, etc.
If you are traveling with kids, this is the best value-for-money ticket you can buy.
Jungle Island prices
Adult ticket (11+ years): USD 53
Child ticket (3 to 10 years): USD 40
2. Superflight at Jungle Island
SuperFlight is one of the latest attractions in Jungle Island.
If you buy this ticket, an experienced instructor first takes you through the nuances of skydiving at the Superflight School.
You then gear up with all the flight equipment, after which you get onto Miami’s first permanent vertical wind tunnel for the simulated skydiving experience.
The wind tunnel generates winds over 120 miles (193 km) per hour, which keep you afloat in the air.
SuperFlight is much in demand, and it is better to book your session online and much in advance.
SuperFlight ticket price
|3 x 12,000 feet skydives||USD 71||1 person|
|6 x 12,000 feet skydives||USD 118||2 people|
|9 x 12,000 skydives||USD 235||3 people|
*For the best SuperFlight experience one person must experience at least 2 to 3 flights. If more than one person plans to go on the SuperFlight, it is best to book accordingly.
3. Luminosa tickets
Luminosa is a one-of-a-kind Chinese lantern festival, installed at Jungle Island Miami from October to January the next year.
The festival starts at 5 pm every day, and the star attractions are handcrafted Chinese lanterns shaped like Jungle Island’s animals and Miami landmarks.
During the Luminosa festival, Chinese acrobats and other artists perform every day.
This ticket is now out of season.
Luminosa ticket price
Adult ticket (10+ years): USD 31
Child ticket (3 to 9 years): USD 26
*If you want to explore Jungle Island by day and enjoy Luminosa at night, you must buy both the general admission ticket and the Luminosa ticket.
Things to do in Jungle Island
If you have the time and the interest, Jungle Island can entertain you for the whole day.
We list the top nine activities below –
1. Animal Encounters
There are three noteworthy animal encounters at Jungle Island Miami – Sloth encounters, Lemur encounters, and Flamingo encounters. Image: Jungleisland.com
Reservations for these encounters can be made through the website or in person, during your visit.
Sloths are slow-moving, nocturnal mammals who love all the attention they can get.
If you book a Sloth Encounter, you get to feed and pet them for 10 minutes.
Only kids 12 years of age or older can participate.
A paying adult must accompany visitors under 18 years of age.
Ticket price: USD 41/person
Jungle Island in Miami is one of the few places in the world where one can interact with Lemurs in person.
During the 10-minute Lemur encounter, guests get to feed the scarce and endangered mammals.
Kids must be six years or older to meet the Lemurs in person.
A paying adult must accompany children 15 years and younger.
Ticket price: USD 41/person
You will be able to see lots of American flamingos at Jungle Island.
If you want an even closer interaction, opt for the Meet the Flamingos activity.
Besides interacting with the Flamingos, you also get to learn lots of fun facts about the birds, from the keepers.
Ticket price: USD 35/person
2. NeoSplash – Jungle Island water park
NEOSplash is a pop-up waterpark with fun rides and slides, a lazy river, and a Kid’s Play Pool for the young guests.
One of the four mega slides is 65 feet (20 meters) high with a 300 feet long (91 meters) splash.
Some of the other must-try attractions at this waterpark are The Super Bowl, The Whizzard, The Boomerango, and Family Raft Ride.
Access to this waterpark is included in the general admission ticket.
3. Skywire Zip Lines
SkyWire zipline is Miami’s first immersive zip line course and is part of Adventure Bay, Jungle Island’s latest attraction.
Jungle Island’s Zipline is 250 feet (76 meters) long and is the only outdoor zip line in all of South Florida.
Access to Adventure Bay, including the zip line, is included in the Jungle Island general admission price.
4. SuperFlight – skydiving at Jungle Island
SuperFlight in Jungle Island is Miami’s first permanent vertical wind tunnel.
During this simulated skydiving experience, the wind tunnel generates winds over 120 miles (193 km) per hour, which in turn helps you float in the air up to 10 feet (3 meters) high.
During this 45-minute Jungle Island activity, an experienced instructor is always at hand to guide you.
There are three packages you can opt from which translate into the time you spend skydiving.
5. Coca-Cola Parrot Bowl
Coca-Cola Parrot Bowl is a massive amphitheater with the capacity to seat around 1,200 visitors.
Make sure you attend the birds’ show (get the timings from the information desk), which comes highly recommended by both kids and adults alike.
During this show, you get to meet talking birds like the free-flying condor and chatty Mama Cass, Earth’s only domesticated Cassowary.
Access to the Coca-Cola Parrot Bowl is included in the basic Jungle Island ticket.
6. Parrot Cove
The name doesn’t suggest it, but Parrot Cove is Miami’s only private, swimmable beach.
It offers incredible views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami and is a fantastic family-friendly stop on a sunny Florida day.
7. Escape Rooms
There are two Escape rooms in Jungle Island and you can either try one or both during your visit.
Kids below 18 years must be accompanied by an adult while trying out the Escape Rooms.
Especially since once of the rooms – The Asylum – has a scarier theme.
If you can’t figure out the clue and escape in 30 minutes, you must get out of the Escape Room through the door you entered.
In this game, you pit your wits against mastermind criminal The Joker.
As a detective tasked with capturing Joker, you chase and find him in a jungle cabin.
However, he turns out to be smarter – he locks you in his cabin with a time bomb scheduled to go after 30 minutes.
The trick is to get out of the room within 30 minutes and stay alive.
Ticket price: USD 16.50/person
This Escape room game revolves around an insane asylum, and the trick is to get out within 30 minutes or become insane.
To escape, you must crack riddles and figure out the challenges thrown at you.
The Asylum has a scarier theme and may not be appropriate for younger kids.
Ticket price: USD 16.50/person
Our recommendation: There is no need to book the Escape Rooms in advance. You can take a decision, on the day of your visit.
8. Nerf Battle Zone
Nerf Battle Zone is an enclosed foam-dart battleground.
Numerous, exciting obstacles crowd the Battle Zone, providing cover for the participants.
The regular Jungle Island Park admission includes a 30-minute game of Nerf Battle, and new games cost $10 each.
If you want, you can bring your own Nerf guns too.
The Nerf battle happens within a glass enclosure, so observers remain safe.
Luminosa is a Chinese lantern festival, which will be available at Jungle Island for three months – from 5 Oct 2019 to 8 Jan 2020.
The festival is a celebration of light and consists of handcrafted Chinese lanterns shaped to the Park’s animals and Miami landmarks.
During these three months, when the Jungle island closes down at 5 pm, these Chinese lanterns will light up the entertainment hub.
The other two exciting Jungle Island things to do are the Flow Rider wave machine and the Flying Squirrel, an indoor trampoline park.
Jungle Island animals
Jungle Island Miami used to have a lot more animals than they have now.
Not long ago many guests would even refer to it as Jungle Island zoo.
After Hurricane Irma (2017) damaged large sections of Jungle Island, its management decided to relocate some of the animals for their safety.
Jungle Island’s Liger, four white tigers, white lion, and two leopards were given a new 87-acre enclosure in South Carolina.
However, your Jungle Island animal experience in no way comes down.
You still get to interact with a lot of animals and birds at Jungle Island Miami, and if you can afford the USD 300/person price tag, even book the VIP tour.
Here are some of the stars of the Jungle Island’s animals section:
Birds: American Flamingo, African Penguin, Andean Condor, Black Palm Cockatoo, Ground Hornbill, Blue & Gold Macaw, Eclectus Parrot, Great-horned Owl, etc.
Mammals: Red Kangaroo, Striped Skunk, Warthog, etc.
Primates: Gibbons, Lemurs, Marmosets, Orangutan, Squirrel Monkeys, White-faced Capuchins, etc.
Reptiles: American Alligator, Burmese Python, Leucistic Alligator, etc.
Jungle Island map
Jungle Island Miami is 9 hectares (22 acres) in area, with more than 25 enclosures and activities spread all around.
As someone rightly put, Jungle Island is big enough to impress the visitors but not big for kids to get exhausted.
However, with so many things to do at Jungle Island, it makes sense to be aware of where you are going.
We suggest you bookmark this page or download this map of Jungle Island for use later especially if you will be visiting with kids.
Jungle Island reviews
Jungle Island is a highly-rated tourist attraction in Miami.
Check out two Jungle Island reviews we have picked from Tripadvisor, which give you an idea of what to expect.
Great family time
My friend and I went with her three boys, and we stay the entire day! The Lemur experience was the best part. But the boys loved all the Bouncy House’s and the zip line and the animals all walking around. The second best part was the bird show. You have to do that if you go! – Kzhblh, Florida
Great place for a family of locals or tourists
Amazing Park made even better by the recent renovations. Easy to reach location and much more manageable and fun than the Miami Zoo. – Jason H
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