America's Best History Spotlight
On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area. And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find. You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't. It'll be fun. Visit them.
Yes, back in the day when mice had not yet been coalesced around a single location in Orlando, Florida, no trip to Florida would have been complete without St. Augustine, the Everglades, Cypress Garden, and Monkey Jungle. Well, that's changed, of course, although most of them still exist. Well, Cypress Garden is a small reflection of itself, now part of the bigger Lego world. So if you're on your way to the mouse or the beach or the Everglades and need to see some primate history with a history reaching back to 1935, stop by, walk amongst the monkeys, laugh with family and friends, and have a great time in a historic americana attraction with a jungle flair that's been making fans of our animal friends for eighty years. Image above: Just some of the monkeys, courtesy Monkey Jungle.
- What is There Now
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This unique habitat has been marvelling visitors for generations, since 1935, with its troupe of primates running free within the thirty acre compound while keeping its visitors in cages. Yes, turn is fair play, I guess. But what is more than fair to see, this is one attraction, now with that eighty year history, that you will not forget. Monkey Jungle is a paradise of americana, not exactly a zoo, and not exactly not. The shows and experiences here cause a smile to seep on your face, one that you're likely to keep for more than the moments you spend here. And even when times get busy again in your regular life, a day spend at Monkey Jungle will be an easy pull back to a time when monkeys sailed above your head, swam in a pond, and brought a chuckle to even the most jaded tourist.
So, here's a hint. Take a bit of time and head off the beaten path from those wonderful national parks in the area or the beach or the nightlife that awaits in Miami Beach to this jungle. Perhaps you'll even lose that moniker of jaded tourist along the way, and that's one moniker that all of us could use to lose anyway.
Image above: Jungle pavilion, Monkey Jungle. Courtesy monkeyjungle.com.
Natural adventure jungle park where you walk in cylindrical cages through the monkeys. Open 365 days a year.
Thirty acres of the park is open to visitors.
How Much to VisitAdults - $29.95. Seniors - $27.95. Children (3-9) $23.95. Admission price includes areas and shows in the Wild Monkey Swimming Pool, Hanging with Orangs, Cameroon Gorilla Forest, Amazonian Rainforest, and the Wings of Love Parrot domes. Experiences such as the Rainforest Adventure Tour are an additional cost.
Hours OpenYear round - 9:30 to 5:00. No entry after 4:00 p.m.
Where Is It LocatedMonkey Jungle is located at 14805 SW 216th St., Miami, Florida 33170. From Miami proper, it's about 23 miles. Take US Route 1 south to 216th Street for twenty miles, turn right (west) for 3 miles, Monkey Jungle will be on your right. There may be quicker ways to get there. This is the most direct.
Website - Monkey Jungle
South Miami Historic Sites
So what else is there to do near Monkey Jungle, south of Miami, or in South Florida proper? Well, there's a bunch, including three great National Park Service sites; Everglades, Biscayne, and Big Cypress.
South Florida Tourism
Everglades National Park
Biscayne National Park
Big Cypress National Preserve