Since opening in 1927, Flamingo Gardens has been allowing guests to experience the flora and fauna of South Florida. In 1990, the space added the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, where guests could encounter many of Florida's most ominous predators. Around the facility, guests can learn about American alligators, birds of prey, flamingoes, otters, big cats, black bears, and more. There's also a free-flight aviary where over 250 tropical birds may just land right on your shoulder thinking you're a tree.
Animal lovers, rejoice! While you might think the only thing that's wild about Miami is the beach scene, there are many wild animals to encounter if you know where to look. Around the city and south towards the Everglades, there are wildlife sanctuaries rehabilitating birds, monkeys, and more. At each of these incredible locations, you'll get the chance to get up close to the wild animals and learn more about conservation and respecting nature in the process.
These wildlife sanctuaries are a great place to bring kids or animal-loving adults who can't wait to snap the perfect selfie with a sloth or feed birds who may land on your shoulder, making you feel like a real-life Disney princess. Before you head to one of these incredible sanctuaries, be sure to keep reading for everything you need to know, including what types of animals you might see and if tours are offered. These are the best wildlife sanctuaries in Miami and South Florida.
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