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Zoo Miami

One of the first free-range zoos in the United States is home to animals, exhibits, amusement rides and a strong focus on education and conservation.

Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, or Zoo Miami, houses tree kangaroos, pygmee hippos and Orinoco crocodiles, among other rare animal species. This is a lush animal kingdom, where a over 2,000 wild animals roam freely among 1,200 plants in expansive natural habitats. The three miles (five kilometers) of walkways cover only part of the 740-acre (300-hectare) reserve. 

What started in 1948 as Crandon Park Zoo, with three monkeys, a goat and two black bears from a stranded road show, grew to become Miami Metrozoo in 1980. It was named Zoo Miami in 2010 after years of expansion and, before that, rebuilding from Hurricane Andrew.

Zoo Miami plays an important role in animal conservation, housing and breeding 40 endangered species. Observe the protected animals, listen to howler monkeys and feed a giraffe to get even closer to nature. The zoo focuses on education and the many displays provide interesting facts about all animals.

Bring your kids to a living classroom, an engaging way to learn about animals in their natural habitat. Daily shows include the Critter Corner at Sami Amphitheater at noon and Meet the Zookeeper talks throughout the day at the various exhibits. The park offers day camps for children, and adults can sign up to become Zookeeper For A Day over the weekend. 

Rent a Safari Cycle to move the whole family around the zoo. If you have difficulty walking rent a stroller or wheelchair. Board the monorail to explore the zoo from the comfort of an air-conditioned cabin. Or, tour the Asian and African exhibits during a Safari Tram ride.

Zoo Miami is located in the south end of Crandon Park, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of downtown Miami. Drive a car here or take public transport. It’s open every day of the year.


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WoodSpring Suites Miami Southwest $60
WoodSpring Suites Miami Southwest

WoodSpring Suites Miami Southwest

16055 SW 117th Avenue, Miami, FL
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Zoo Miami, The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, and Arcade Odyssey. Kendall Breeze Shopping Center and Southland Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Best Western Plus Miami Executive Airport Hotel & Suites $90
    Best Western Plus Miami Executive Airport Hotel & Suites

    Best Western Plus Miami Executive Airport Hotel & Suites

    13700 SW 139th Ct, Miami, FL
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Wings Over Miami Museum and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Zoo Miami. Kendall Breeze Shopping Center and The Gold Coast Railroad Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Private Guest Room ,lake View
      Private Guest Room ,lake View

      Private Guest Room ,lake View

      Miami, FL
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Miami, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Gold Coast Railroad Museum and Zoo Miami. Wings Over Miami Museum and Kendall Breeze Shopping Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Candlewood Suites Miami Exec Airport - Kendall $78
        Candlewood Suites Miami Exec Airport - Kendall

        Candlewood Suites Miami Exec Airport - Kendall

        13600 SW 139 Court, Miami, FL
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Zoo Miami and within 9 mi (15 km) of The Falls and Baptist Hospital of Miami. Florida International University and Pinecrest Gardens are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Wake up to a lake view everyday!
          Wake up to a lake view everyday!

          Wake up to a lake view everyday!

          13481 SW 142nd Terrace, Miami, FL
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is 2 mi (3.2 km) from The Gold Coast Railroad Museum and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Zoo Miami. Wings Over Miami Museum and Kendall Breeze Shopping Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kendall $85
            Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kendall

            Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kendall

            13475 SW 131st Street, Miami, FL
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from The Gold Coast Railroad Museum and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Zoo Miami. The Falls and Frost Art Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Miami Bed and Breakfast
              Miami Bed and Breakfast

              Miami Bed and Breakfast

              14014 SW 154th Street, Miami, FL
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the suburbs, this bed & breakfast is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from The Gold Coast Railroad Museum and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Zoo Miami. Monkey Jungle and Wings Over Miami Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Comfortable Rooms near Miami Airport
                Comfortable Rooms near Miami Airport

                Comfortable Rooms near Miami Airport

                12517 SW 124th Ct, Miami, FL
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Miami, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Arcade Odyssey and within 6 mi (10 km) of Zoo Miami and The Gold Coast Railroad Museum. The Falls and Miccosukee Golf and Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).