This is the largest and oldest of all the zoos in Florida and considered one of the top zoos in the United States. It is also the only tropical zoo in the USofA.
There are over 2000 animals living in landscaped enclosures for a natural feel and habitat.
The exhibits are divided into climate zones:
Amazon and Beyond
Aviary (Wings of Asia and one of my personal favorites).
New plans for a Florida Everglades exhibit to open soon.
Personal Favorites: Flamingo Pond, Tiger exhibit, Wings of Asia, Gorilla & Chimp exhibit & Amazon & Beyond.
They also have a fantastic children's petting zoo, a feed the giraffe station and various other daily activities.
a great zoological park a must while in Miami, came back after hurricanes and still there going strong, a family tradition while living nearby for years.
One of the most beautiful zoo's in all of the world the only down side it is very far from Miami...some 30 miles south it is worth the drive......bring your walking shoes for this place is HUGE !!!!!!!!! Give yourself at least 3 hours here !!!!
In December of 2000 on our first visit to Miami by boat, our daughter and her friends went to the zoo for the holiday decorations and lights. We couldn't see much of the animals at night (the main picture is of sleeping birds), but we walked along the paths and ate at the various food booths (photo 2). The children all took pony rides (photo 3, 4 and 5) and there was a miniature winter village, complete with train rides
WEEKENDS, December 7-22
Santa was available for photos and local school choirs sing twice daily on the weekends.
General Admission: Adults $8.95 plus tax; Children (ages 3-12) $4.75 plus tax; Children 2 and under FREE. Free admission for Zoological Society of Florida members. FREE PARKING.
You can now get a bus called the CORAL REEF MAX to the zoo if you don't have access to a car. Catch the bus at Metrorail’s Dadeland South Station. It is an approximately 20-minute ride each way. For schedules and fares, call Miami-Dade Transit at
I loves zoos! It is not just for kids, adults go there too!
My favorite thing here was getting to feed the giraffes. It is $2 for a handful of leaves (yes I know, you are paying $2 for leaves, but it's worth it) and you stand on a platform looking over the giraffe area...and they come right to you! They know they are getting fed!
The zoo is open 365 days a year, 9:30am to 5:30pm.
Admission for adults: $14.00
Admission for kids: $10.00 (under 2 is free)
**Discounts** for Military, Senior Citizens, AAA members, Miami County Employees, Tour Operators, Large Groups, and Travel Agents.
Metro Zoo is one of the largest Zoo's in Florida. We went there during the Summer in the month of May. It was very hot and humid around that time. You can rent a bicycle which is what we did to avoid walking all the time in the hot sun. The food stalls are scattered all around the place and you are never far away from food or water or restrooms. The zoo has some of the rare animals from Africa and Asia. The zoo is divided into 3 continents: Asia, Africa, Australia and these have all the enimals and birds specific to a particular continent. The zoo also has an amphitheatre where i watched the Wildlife Show which is fun. Its a great place to take your kids to. All in all a great place to go with family and friends.
The Miami Metro Zoo is world class. Lots of different animals there all looking happy and healthy. The staff are very friendly and helpful and obvously love their work. Allow a minimum of 3 hours at the Zoo, preferably more.
After visiting the zoo, I feel that the experience was beyond my expectations: I liked it very much, because at Miami Metro ZOO I could see that they care about the animals, the animals look good, healthy, in agood environment, very natural, It's not like others zoo I've seen , that it's a sad show. Miami Metro zoo is clean, organized, it has everything to be a goodexperience, places to eat, clean bathrooms, bicycles rental, rest areas, gift shop, etc.
This year we decided to have our first visit to the Miami Metro Zoo. Here in the zoo are almost no visible cages, barriers for the animal have been made in a more invisible way.
We also booked a trainride to have a narrated tour through and behind the scenes of the park. We had the luck to have a tour guide with a very good mood. I don't know if all of the tourguides are this great here but i know in other parks it can be different.
Besides the exhibits we also visited the Wild Life show. In this show we where told more about some of the animals in the zoo.
This is one of the more beautiful zoo's we have visited. It´s open year round, the zoo is large but rents strollers, wagon like bikes and wheelchairs.
Besides the paid tram ride you can also ride the free monorail to get from one place to another or just enjoy the view.
The zoo is about 20 miles from downtown Miami.
Picture taken december 4, 2004
Metro Zoo is a decent size.
they also have a petting zoo for kids to interact with animals.
One thing that is just a little issue with me in the summer it gets very hot. ( They do have a lot of water spraying shower) so you could get refreshed.) if you get tired and hot just ride the monorail that takes you around the whole park . Believe me youll feel better.
make sure you bring comfortable shoes youll be walking a lot.
Miami Metrozoo: One of the world's greatest zoos, Metrozoo houses more than 700 wild animals in a cageless environment. This is definitely a must see. The zoo is the only zoo in the US located in a subtropical climate.
Viewing some of the world's endangered species along with some of our favoirtes.
You can walk or take a tour on the Zoofari Monorail. This air-conditioned ride OVER the Zoo is FREE with Zoo admision.
Metrozoo has a sprawling natural habitat
with 900 animals from more than 200
species, including koalas and pair of Komodo dragons!