Zoo Miami Review (must read before visiting)

If your are visiting my with our family but don't know what to do to have some fun, I recommend you to visit the Zoom Miami, they gonna love it !

In this blog post I will show you a little bit about this wonderful place so you can have a better idea what you you gonna find in the zoo and also how much money you need to embrace this adventure with your family.

Zoom Miami Main

The Zoom Miami is different

When I say different, I mean it's not the traditional zoo we are used to see with all those caged animals. This one is much better.

The animals have plenty of space to live in their habitat and that's awesome.

Some info about the place

Zoo Miami has more than 3,000 animals that represents 500 different species in a huge area in south Miami (it's an area with about 750 acres).

Some species are at risk and are classified as endangered (poor animals).

There are also a lot of trees, palms and other plants that makes this place a paradise, about a  thousands of them to me more precise.

Wildlife conservation is one of the initiatives the Zoom Miami is involved with, and just by visiting this place, you're contributing for such project.

Valdirene at the Zoom Miami entrance

My first impression getting to the zoo 

The first thing that got me impressed was the parking lot, it's very big and can even loose your car there if you don't make sure where you parked. 

Did I mention that you can park for FREE? Yeah it is, I liked that part !

I recommend to take a picture of the spot you parked the car so when you came back you can easily find it.

The important warning sign

Something else I liked was the sign at the entrance. People can go to the jail and get a fine of $10.000 if inflict some pain to the animals. Well done ! 

Rule sign at the Zoo Miami

Safari Cycles

I recommend you to rent the safari cycles, they are very comfortable and you can just ride them instead of walking under the sun.

Rent Safary Cycles

After sometime walking under the sun you can feel a little bit tired, so it's better so save some energy and rent one of these nice cycles.

Anyway, if you want to walk to stretch your legs, be my guest. I will be here on my cycle just taking picture, right Claudemir and Amanda? 🙂

Walking in the Zoom Miami
Train in the Zoom Miami

Just kidding, I also walked sometimes.

You can also use the train, so no excuses...

The animals are not caged

Take a look at the picture, left side you see Antelopes and right site a camel.

Antelope in the Zoo Miami

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Camel in the Zoom Miami

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An elephant and a gerenuk (also known as giraffe gazelle).

Elephant in the Zoo Miami

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Gerenuk in the Zoo Miami

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A gorilla and Lion (I know, they are far away, just click to zoom in)

Gorilla in the Zoom Miami

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Lion in the Zoo Miami

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The king and the beautiful lions ( we are animals too, right? ).

The gorilla in the Zoo Miami

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Lions in the Zoom Miami

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The attractions

You can watch the attractions available at the zoo.

I'm sure you not gonna miss them, even if you get distracted taking pictures of some spectacular animal, you still have time to see the attraction.

The the list below

Florida: Mission Everglades

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You can learn about the efforts that the Zoom Miami is involved with to preserve the wildlife, it's a fantastic initiative and most animals lovers like it.  

About 60 species of animals are represented in this exhibit, people love to hear about the importance of conservation of endangered animals.

Wings of Asia Aviary

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Do you like birds? Of you do, you gonna love this exhibit with different ones that are part of the Asian aviary. The aquatic birds got me impressed.

Just don't miss that one, it's really interesting.

Critter Connection

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Interaction with animals, wow that's awesome and kids love it.

That's what you're gonna see here, a lot of domestic animals that you can touch and learn about the needs of such cute little babies (so, so cute !). 

Dr. Wilde's World of Discovery

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A big and comfortable museum with gallery that contains artifacts and specimens. It's a nice experience you can't miss it.

Amazon and Beyond

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

You can learn about forests of Central and South America. 

(Yes, you can see some animals from my country, Brazil)

Amphibians and snakes are around the place, I hope your are not afraid of them (no reason to be whatsoever) they are behind glasses.

The store

Before you leave the Zoo Miami don't forget to buy some souvenirs.

There's a nice store where you can buy something to give to your friends.

Store in the Zoo Miami

How much money did we expend?

Here we go with the total expenses, take a look:

Tickets for the Zoom Miami

Admission tickets : $53.34

Safari Cycle (bike) : $27.82

Souvenir store : $27.79

Total for the day : $108.95

After paying for everything we got a chance to come back and pay only $7 (valid for one week, but we didn't come back).

Location

The adrress is: 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177-1402

Just enter it into your GPS and it will guide there easily

Just in case, take a look at the map below:

Just in case, take a look at the map below:

Price and hours

Admission tickets

  • Adult (13+) $22.95
  • Child (3-12) $18.95
  • Child under 3 FREE

Safari Cycles

  • Small (for up to 3 adults and 2 small children) $26
  • Large (for up to 6 adults and 2 small children) $18

Price per 2-hour rental, but you can pay for additional hour for half the price.

Strollers and Wheelchairs

  • Single Stroller $8
  • Double Stroller $18
  • Wheelchair
  • Motorized Wheelchair $30

Price per day

Swan or duck pedal boat

  • Pedal Boat (3 persons) $15
  • Pedal Boat (4 persons) $20
  • Pedal Boat (5 persons) $25
  • Child 0 to 2  FREE

Price per 30-min rental.

Zoo Miami is open every day of the year.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)

Thanksgiving Day

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (last ticket sold at 2 p.m.)

Christmas Day

12 p.m. - 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.)

Prices and hours can change from time to time. Just visit the Zoo Miami website to check the information and purchase your tickets.

Conclusion

We liked the place, the tour, the people and everything else.

I think it's just missing some good place to eat something, but perhaps they don't want to let us eat burger that are made from animals, right? 🙂

Anyway, it was a good tour, we had some fun and we recommend you to visit this Zoo with the family or friends. And bring some snack and water.

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