Jungle Adventures Nature Park & Zoo in Christmas, FL

26205 East Colonial Dr.Christmas, FL 32709
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Overview

This adventure-filled nature park and zoo located in Christmas, Florida, offers a variety of attractions and experiences ideal for the whole family, plus a natural habitat for animals like black bears, panthers, tropical birds and more. Guests can learn how some of Florida’s first residents lived centuries ago, enjoy a hands-on experience with a baby alligator, watch a gator feeding, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Christmas Travel Experts
  • Admission to the attraction includes 3 shows and a boat ride.
  • Enjoy educational information about wildlife and different species throughout the park.
  • Don't miss the Gator Jamboree Feeding; watch huge gators jump from the murky waters for food.
  • Hold baby gators, a tarantula and other critters.
  • Closed toed shoes recommended for children.
  • Never try to feed the animals or wildlife.
  • Sunscreen and bug repellents are highly recommended.
  • Bring lunch and eat at the park's picnic area.
  • Free parking.
  • Boat rides last 15 minutes.

Description

from Jungle Adventures Nature Park & Zoo
Real Florida...as Real as it Gets!

Jungle Adventures, "A Real Florida Animal Park," is the natural habitat jungle home of our famous 200-foot long roadside wonder, Swampy, the World's Largest Alligator. Come and experience Live Guided Wildlife Encounters with rare Florida panthers, black bears, wolves, white-tailed deer, tropical birds, reptiles and mammals. Take a Jungle Swamp Cruise and be surrounded by more than 200 alligators. They'll come chompin' and you'll come stompin' to our Gator Jamboree Feeding.

See how Spanish Conquistadores lived in the 16th Century at our Replica Spanish Fort and go on a Live Guided Exploration of our Native American Indian Village Replica.

It's all so close to civilization, yet still a world apart.

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kimlovesfl
Orlando, Florida
"Worth a visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2020 NEW
This is old time Florida at it's best. The gators are in the wild, in a duckweed-filled, sulfur-water smelling, natural swamp, just like you would see them in the wild. There are other animals here as well, ranging from a Florida black bear, to a Florida panther, to more exotic animals like ring-tailed lemurs and a variety of snakes. My biggest complaint is that most of the animals could use larger enclosures. The animals do appear to be well tended, and the employees clearly love them and enjoy their jobs. If you are lucky enough to be there shortly after opening on a weekday, you may have the park to yourself for an hour or so, as I did. Talk about personalized service! The admission price is a bit steep, but they do need money to care for the animals. If you have a Florida HIA card, admission is free for you, and 50% discount for up to 4 guests. It's worth a visit, and was a pleasant way to spend 3 hours.
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V522RDtracyc
Yorba Linda, California
"Gator Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 01, 2020
Love this place! We nearly had the park to ourselves in June 2020 since we arrived at 2 pm and most of the tourists had already left. The baby gator feeding was lots of fun, you put a piece of hot dog on the end of a fishing line type thing and drop it over for them. Fun! Since we were the only ones there at the time, we got a private show with the guide who introduced some of the animals to us. The place looks so cool with the swamps, moss and gators all over. Walking over the bridges felt like were right there with them!
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Rangila
Jacksonville, Florida
"Well Informed Guides"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 23, 2020
You can see the entire park in a couple of hours. It is larger than it appears from the road. We visited as a family (ages ranging from 84 to 26) and enjoyed feeding the animals with inexpensive food purchased in the gift shop. You slide the food down a tube to the animals. One of the macaques gets very excited to receive peanuts! Baby alligators are fed from a gadget resembling a fishing pole - lots of fun. It's a safe way to allow guests to interact with the animals and reduce risk of negative experiences for the animals. Guides often walked up while we visited different exhibits and spoke to us about the animals. It made the visit even more enjoyable to learn about the animals' personalities and origins. We attended the animal talk and alligator feeding. Our guide (maybe Lauren or Lori??) was friendly, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable. The animal talk also gives you a chance to get up close and personal to some of the smaller animals. The animals are obviously loved and appear to be well cared for by their keepers. Honestly, I grew up in Florida and have visited the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine and Gatorland numerous times - And I still learned a lot about alligators! I am giving four stars instead of five for one important reason: the wooden walkway is uneven and problematic for the elderly to navigate. Good value.
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WilkersonHelps
"Not as advertised "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2020
Not worth the price of admission. We read the reviews in TripAdvisor and booked a day trip there with expectation of a swamp boat tour. Fun way to enter and then I felt I walked into a gas station gift shop. I can accept a small park if it’s engaging but this was not. My wife & I made it as fun as we could for our kids but the animal presentation show was 4-facts and “do you have any questions?” On to the next animal, and no petting the snake, spider or scorpion as advertised online. No Boat tour was the biggest disappointment. Had they posted online swamp boats were not running, or given a discount at the door or said anything about it I would have given 4-stars and probably could have recommend the attraction. I gave 3-stars for having native Florida animals but sad to see the enclosures so small. Now I know why I have passed this place by for the past 3 years without visiting.
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Couponmjb123
"Gator adventure!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2020
We entered the building, paid for a ticket, exited out the side door, and then the jungle adventure truly began. We observed the gators feeding by lunging out of the water to a tall dock, took a pontoon boat ride through the woods to observe 100+ gators living in their habitat. We were privileged to hear two gators growling at what they thought was a large gator (but it was the dump truck). Extremely educational. The staff LOVES these animals - it was very obvious. We held a snake, small gator, tarantula, and a scorpion. So fun!! Then you can walk the wooded property to see more adventures. It is a MUST see if you have an animal lover in your family.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jungle Adventures Nature Park & Zoo

How long is the Jungle Swamp Cruise?The Jungle Swamp Cruise takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete (depending on the tour guide and how interactive the guests are). Guests embark on a lovely scenic cruise through our park while our guide regales them with the history of early Florida settlers, animal habitats, eco-facts and foliage.

Is this experience appropriate for guests of all ages?
Our park is appropriate for guests of all ages, however, please be aware that our guest will be interacting with live animals, so smaller guests may be afraid of some of our animals, but we never force any of our guests to hold or touch any animal. Parents are the best teachers so if they are willing to have an open mind about the animal and the information presented by our guides about each animal, then the children are more willing to participate.

Do you have any recommendations for guests who reserve a day with you?
Recommendations for guests are that they wear comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes, bring a camera and a sense of adventure. We have a small cafe inside our gift shop that sells sodas, chips, etc.; however, guests can bring their lunches and enjoy them outside in our picnic areas or inside the cafe. Our park opens at 9:30am every day, rain or shine (barring hurricanes, of course!), and our first tour starts at 10:30am, and the last tour of the day starts at 4:20pm.

Is the Swamp Cruise tour open to handicap patrons?The boat is not truly handicap accessible in all cases. Patrons who have the ability to walk down a small ramp to board the boat are okay, however, due to the nature of the vessel as well as lifting capabilities of our staff, wheelchairs and strollers are not allowed on board.

What are guests NOT allowed to bring aboard the boat?Guests are allowed to bring whatever they wish to on the boat. We just ask that they take whatever trash they may accumulate during the ride back off with them when they disembark. We have plenty of trash receptacles near the boat launch areas for their convenience. We do ask that the guest do not throw any items into the Green Gator River (especially food) as it endangers not only the guests, the tour guides but other alligators in the river.

How long does it take to fully experience the Jungle Adventures Nature Park & Zoo?Guests can anticipate spending a minimum of 4 hours in our park (but not limited to that). The live guided tours and the Jungle Swamp Cruise will take up to 2 1/2 hours of time (again, dependent on guest participation). Guests then can wander around our park at their leisure checking out all the animals and scenery we have. They can, if they wish, revisit any of the tours while they are here.

What are the three shows included with admission?
The three shows that are included with admission are the Wildlife Show, where guests will get to be hands on with a baby alligator and other cool critters; Native American Indian Village, where guest will learn about Native American Indian Culture in Florida; and the Gator Feeding where our guides hand feed the larger alligators in the park. The gator feeding will be either a dock feed, where our guides entice the gators to "jump" for feeding, or the bank feed, where our guides actually get into the sand and water area with our alligators for feeding. Either way, have your cameras ready for some exciting photos and entertaining education facts.