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
Verified Traveler
"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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Minamo67
Orlando, Florida
"ZooMania!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2019 NEW
My daughter and I just returned from Zoo Miami and we had a great time. It’s a huge zoo- with a wonderful array of animals. The majority of animals were not only visible but posing. I go to zoos and aquariums often- and this was the most photographable group of critters. Cooperative animals can’t be guaranteed trip to trip, but the zoo is still worth a visit. It’s a beautiful zoo. The animal habitats are large, attractive, and well landscaped. The animals look healthy and enjoy having their photo taken. It’s a huuuge zoo. Paths are mostly shaded with covered spots along the way to sit. Walking is an option., and you will get a great workout. There is a monorail system that will get you around the park for $5 per person. This is not the best option to see the animals. Many people rented covered multi-person pedal bikes. They looked fun, but are pricey. We ate at Nourish305 that had healthy options and a comfortable atmosphere. Parking is free! This is becoming an endangered option in most places to visit. Go to ZooMiami- extensive array animals in well appointed habitats. Enjoy!
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399marj
Wijchen, The Netherlands
"Top ZOO -> in our top 3 "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2019 NEW
We visited this zoo on a less sunny day. We were really impressed by this park. We have visited many zoos in Europe but this one is in our top 3. The prices are very reasonable. Not crowded with people. Many different animals in a variation of themes in the park. Kids were impressed to spot an alligator through a transparent pipe in the water basin. Nice and very clean park with plenty of opportunities-to buy food or drinks. Tip: just 45 min outside Miami downtown; arrive early in the morning because we needed at least 5 hours to visit in order to have decent time to watch the animals
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Rhoan
Abilene, Texas
"LOVE IT!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2019 NEW
We loved this zoo. It is very big so I recommend renting the bike thing and taking the day to see everything. It has lots of shade and the exhibits are good. We go to a lot of zoos and this is one of the best we have visited.
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W7306YYstephens
Holly Springs, North Carolina
"Prepare to walk"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
Zoo Miami is a large zoo with quite a bit of walking between major exhibit as areas. Tandem bike rentals and a pay Monorail do help. It took me 2.5 hours to cover most of the exhibits at a good clip. The large size of the zoo allows for some of the exhibits to give roaming room for the animals. It also allows for almost barrier free viewing and pictures. Several animal groups had juveniles. The 10:00 opening allowed for most of the turnpike traffic to be avoided (I came from 50 minutes away). The zoo had plenty of water fountains, misters, shaded play and rest areas to help deal with the heat.
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erict1969747
Miami, Florida
"BIG"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2019 NEW
The Zoo Miami was an interesting experience. We bought tickets online to skip the line. To help with beating the heat water misters are placed throughout the compound. It is divided into continental areas from Asia to Africa and Australia. Animals in the zoo were wide-ranging. We were a bit concerned about the enclosures the various species are kept relative to their natural habitat. None of us are experts so we couldn't speak to the suitability of the various enclosures. One of the elephants was rocking its head from side to side for the entirety of the few minutes that we viewed the exhibit. All in all, it was a very good experience. We had fun.
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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.