Zoo Miami in Miami, FL

12400 SW 152 StreetMiami, FL 33177
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Overview

Meet and learn about all types of animals at Zoo Miami. From wild, tropical birds to larger than life giraffes, you’ll find all sorts of fascinating animals here. Families can feed giraffes, take a camel ride, meet a rhino, play in one of our water areas, and more. While you’re there, don’t forget to learn about the zoo’s global conservation efforts!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Miami Travel Experts
  • Open 365 days a year — visit your favorite animals whenever you’d like.
  • Over 3,000 animals including endangered species, mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
  • Food and beverages other than baby formula/food are prohibited from entering the zoo.
  • Feed an animal in designated areas throughout the zoo.

Description

from Zoo Miami
Zoo Miami is the ideal place for an individual, a couple, or an entire family to spend a day. As a matter of fact, visitors can travel the world in one day! They will visit Africa, Asia, the Amazon, and Australia. Zoo Miami consists of 340 developed acres with more than 3,000 animals and over 1,200 plants and trees which are planted in such a way as to mimic the animals’ natural habitats.

Guests will be able to feed giraffes, parrots, and a rhino; ride a camel; have animal encounters; meet the keepers during scheduled Meet the Zookeeper talks throughout the day; and much more. They will enjoy jaguars, lions, tigers, orangutans, elephants, the Wings of Asia Aviary (the largest Asian-themed aviary in the western hemisphere with hundreds of free-flying birds), gorillas, chimps, koalas, kangaroos, frogs, snakes, meerkats, and more animals than we could ever list.

At Amazon and Beyond, experience a rainforest, jaguars, anacondas, bats, venomous snakes (behind glass exhibits, of course), rare frogs, harpy eagles, and a 48,000-gallon aquarium. And our Playworld Playground is a great place for kids to burn off some of that excess energy. Half jungle, half water park, they can stay dry or wet. Zoo Miami has food and drink concession stands throughout and a beautiful gift shop where you can buy that special memento that will bring back wonderful memories of Zoo Miami!

Tripster Customer Reviews

Rachel Young
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1 Review
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"Excellent mini adventure!"
October 2018
This was my second time at the zoo but my hubby's first and it was amazing! We went during the weekday which was less crowded and gave us the opportunity to take our time exploring. We were able to feed the giraffes and birds, which were an amazing experience for us both! We highly recommend, especially to families or anyone looking for a mini adventure. Do rent one of the cycles, as this helps a lot with the distance to cover; you won't regret it!
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Tip: Ensure you keep hydrated and sunscreen is a must!

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littleone1118
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
"Huge Disappointment"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019 NEW
This has to be the worst zoo we've ever visited! After paying $25pp admission, you absolutely must splurge on the Safari Cycle ($26 for 2 hours for a small cart) or there is no way you're going to make it thru the entire zoo. Sadly, we were unaware of this and there is no other location to rent the cycles except at the front gate. There is minimal signage and the map stinks. So forget trying to navigate to any particular place at any particular time. We literally could not find the bear exhibit until the presentation was over! The exhibits are spaced so far apart and half the Africa loop has absolutely nothing to see. Then half the animals on the Asian loop are African animals!! Most of the beverage stands were closed and when we finally found one that was open, the Icee machines weren't ready at 12:30pm! We barely got to see any animals at all and many seemed to be in enclosures that weren't appropriate. Of the 3000 animals they claim to have, I'd be surprised if we saw 30. The Oasis Grill served mediocre food. The burger was as cold as the lettuce and tomato on top. Two sodas, burger, chicken tenders and 2 fries cost nearly $30.
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smallwoode
Ocala, Florida
"Great family day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2019 NEW
What a wonderful zoo here in Miami. We had read lots of other reviews on here that recommended getting a bike to get around- we now absolutely agree it is the best way to do the zoo which is very geographically large. We decided to get one right away as we entered. We got the larger one that held our entire party of my husband and I, our 3 and 6 year old and my 70 year old parents. You don’t have to pedal to ride which was great for my mom who is shorter and had a hard time reaching the pedals. We decided to go to the back and do the amazon and Africa sections first working our way back to the front. Had to get out to walk through the amazon which was fine and then we rode our way through Africa and Asia able to stop and watch the beautiful elephants, giraffes, lions and more. In the span of the 2 hour rental we saw almost all of the zoo and only had a few sections to do at the front area after. Amazing animals, beautiful grounds. Great family day.
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beckslib
Chattanooga, Tennessee
"Great zoo experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2019 NEW
We loved this zoo! It was very friendly in forms of visibility. You are eye level with the exhibits & some are interactive. For example, there is a slide for kiddos in the otter exhibit & a tunnel to crawl through for the crocodile. There is even a rope bridge over the alligators! We fed the giraffes which was really fun & we were able to take lots of selfies! We had 2.5 hours before closing & thought that would be ample time but it wasn’t. I thought being a quick walker would make up for being short on time but it did not. I strongly recommend closer to four hours for this experience. ➖food options were ok ➖gift shop was really great ➖opportunity to feed certain animals was great & affordable at $5/person ➖difficulty getting an Uber to leave on a Sunday evening
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Nancy P
Titusville, Florida
"world class zoo-- HUGE"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2019 NEW
this is a wonderful zoo-- the animal enclosures are VERY large-- great for the animals, but even with a surrey bike we rented, we were exhausted after 4.5 hours ( we are elderly ladies) and dis not see at least a third of the zoo-- Wings of Asia is the largest aviary I have ever seen-- over 400 exotic free flying birds just in this exhibit-- this place is a photographers dream due to the large natural type habitiats, and use of moats instead of fences for most exhibits-- food and drink is available, animals enjoy enrichment activities, shade areas, ability to hide, appear well cared for -- there are several presentations and programs which we did not attend-- it would probably takeat least 2 full days to explore everything this zoo offers
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CGait618
Fort Myers, Florida
"Loved the water area"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2019 NEW
Our favorite area was what we were told is new. Everglades exhibit and the water park area. If you have young kids make sure you take some change of clothes or bathing suits. There’s a lot of walking to do as well so dress comfortably
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zoo Miami

Is the Safari Tram Tour included in the general admission ticket?
No, this is an extra $5.95 plus tax and can be purchased at the ticket booth.

Is the Monorail included?
No, this costs $3.50 per person. Please note the monorail is currently closed for repairs and trams are being used in its place.  You can board these trams downstairs at any of the four monorail stations.

How much is it to rent the Safari Cycle?
They offer the small 2 hour rentals for $26 with additional hours for $13 + tax (accommodates 3 adults and 2 small children). The large cycles are $36 for 2 hours and $18 + tax for additional hours.

What are your hours of operation?
Weekdays we are open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; weekends and holidays we are open from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Ticket booths close daily at 4 p.m.  Some animals start going in for the night at 5 p.m.  Our hours of operations vary on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

How much is parking?
Parking is FREE!

How big is Zoo Miami?
We are comprised of 740 acres, 346 of which are developed and house the zoo. This translates into over three miles of walkways. Most of the undeveloped land, which surrounds the zoo, is endangered and federally protected.

How long does it take to get around?
It depends whether you walk, rent a safari cycle, take a tram tour, or the monorail.  The average visit takes about four hours, but for some people one 8-hour day is not enough.

Do you offer stroller rentals?
Yes, single strollers are $8 double strollers are $10 + tax.

Do you have places to eat and do you have kosher meals?
We have concession stands throughout and they serve regular and vegetarian foods; we do not serve kosher meals but you may bring your own, picnic tables are located outside the zoo entrance.

May I bring food and drinks inside the park?
We do not allow food or drinks inside the park. The general rule states that outside food and beverage are not allowed in the zoo. One bottle of water per guest which includes commercial or reusable bottles.  Exceptions to the rule include: For children 2 and under: Baby formulas and food, baby bottles and drinking cups for toddlers.  Box and pouch drinks are permitted once the attached drinking straws are removed. Individual snack portions for toddlers in a sandwich size bag. Oversize bags, backpacks, coolers and luggage are allowed but are subject to be searched.  Guests are welcome to use the picnic area located at the front of the zoo to eat their food.

What is the weather at the zoo today?
While we cannot determine what the weather is going to be at any given moment, your best bet is to visit www.weather.com, type in zip code 33177, and get accurate information.

Can we feed the animals?
Zoo Miami has various animal feedings for the public such as parrots, rhino and giraffe. We also have Meet the Zookeeper talks throughout the day where you can listen to keepers talk about their animals and watch them feed them.  Our animals are on strict diets and can only eat the food prepared for them by their keepers and our veterinarians.

Can you rent a golf cart?
No.  Golf carts are restricted for staff, VIP tours, and special tours, such as the wildlife tour.

Are you handicap accessible?
Yes.  All exhibits, concessions, and modes of transportation are handicap accessible.  Additionally, service animals are allowed inside Zoo Miami.

Do you offer wheelchair rentals?
Yes, wheelchairs are $8 and ECV’s are $30 + tax per day.