Holiday Attractions, Things to Do with Kids, Best Attractions & Activities: Tropical birds have the run of this unusual island park off MacArthur Causeway. Approximately 1,100 macaws, parrots and other winged residents join giant reptiles and exotic primates to impart special character to the attraction. Although the 18 landscaped acres showcase some 500 species of plants and flowers, don't come expecting peace and quiet. Some of the opinionated inhabitants are neither shy nor retiring. Though it's noisy, the sight of a parrot riding a miniature bike is enough to make even the most jaded visitor smile. Other shows include Winged Wonders (singing Amazons and Andean condors), Reptile Giants (snakes, alligators, crocodiles) and Wild Encounters (apes, tigers, even a liger).
Local Expert Priscilla Blossom Says:
Holiday Attractions, Things to Do with Kids, Best Attractions & Activities: "The most amazing animal here, the liger, is the largest cat in the world. When he's feeling exceptionally social, the liger has been known to press his face against the hurricane-proof glass window, allowing guests to come face to face with this massive animal hybrid."
Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Jungle Island's annual "Wild Holidays" event arrives on Saturday, December 19, presenting holiday parades with various animals, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, and more.
Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Kids will love all the animals, especially the face-to-face interactions with birds of all kinds. Even more, they'll love the private beach!
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Photo ops abound at Jungle Island, especially with all the birds literally flying overhead. They've also got a great petting zoo.