One of the amazing cageless zoos, it spreads over 290-acre of land that homes some the rare species like the royal white Bengal tiger, exotic birds, apes, okapi and giant eland. As you enter the Zoo the beautiful flamingos welcome you. These provide a great photo opportunity for the enthusiasts. Also visit the land of Africa and meet the giraffes, zebras, gazelles, and ostrich. The zoo also has a tram that takes the visitors around Asian River of Life. One of the most interesting attractions here is the Komodo Dragon Encounter, home to a pair of the world’s largest lizards. The best time to visit the zoo is earlier in the day, when it’s cooler and the animals are out and about. During the afternoons they go in their corners for a little nap.
Travel + Leisure ranks Miami Metro Zoo among the top zoos in the country. As the only subtropical zoo in the continental United States, Miami Metro Zoo is a place to meander through trails and encounter a wide range of animal life from Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America. The lush, tropical setting replicates the animals’ natural habitats and gives you the thrill of being on safari. You may forget there’s a moat separating you from that lion, but don’t worry. The lion knows it’s there!
Koalas, komodo dragons, okapi and dozens of other animals that you may have never seen await around every turn. Or you can glide above this wildlife wonderland inside a guided, air-conditioned monorail.
Or take a behind the scenes tram tour. Or pedal through, with the entire family, in one of the Zoo’s four-wheeled Safari Cycles.
Finally, you can even see Nick Jr.’s Go, Diego, Go! Diego and his animal-rescuing friends leap into action every day in Diego’s Discovery Den, a Nickelodeon-produced show that delights kids of all ages while it educates them about the world of animals.
Miami Metrozoo: One of the biggest, one of the most unique and, definitely, one of the best zoos in the world!
Now open — Wings of Asia Aviary, one of the largest free-flight aviaries in Florida, with more than 400 birds.
Metrozoo features walks on the wild side among rare, endangered animals in a cageless environment. Restaurant and concession stands are also available. Open daily 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booth closes at 4 p.m. Adults $12, children (3-12) $7, including taxes. Prices are subject to change.
Miami Metro Zoo
12400 SW 152nd St.
Miami, Florida 33177