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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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Lodging Near Zoo Miami

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WoodSpring Suites Miami Southwest

WoodSpring Suites Miami Southwest

16055 SW 117th Avenue, Miami
3.5
of 5, from 21 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Miami, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Zoo Miami, The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, and Pine Lake Shopping Center. Arcade Odyssey is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

$165
Best Western Plus Kendall Airport Hotel & Suites

Best Western Plus Kendall Airport Hotel & Suites

13700 SW 139th Ct, Miami
4.5
of 5, from 671 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Wings Over Miami Museum and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Zoo Miami. Kendall Breeze Shopping Center and The Gold Coast Railroad Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$136
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kendall

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kendall

13475 SW 131st Street, Miami
4.4
of 5, from 523 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Wings Over Miami Museum and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Zoo Miami. Kendall Breeze Shopping Center and Arcade Odyssey are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$44
Miami Bed and Breakfast

Miami Bed and Breakfast

14014 SW 154th Street, Miami
4.3
of 5, from 34 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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

The Cypresses-charming, Peaceful Vacation Home

The Cypresses-charming, Peaceful Vacation Home

14023 SW 153rd Terrace, Miami
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Miami, this vacation home is 1.8 mi (3 km) from The Gold Coast Railroad Museum and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Zoo Miami. Wings Over Miami Museum and Kendall Breeze Shopping Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Candlewood Suites Miami Executive ARPT Kendall

Candlewood Suites Miami Executive ARPT Kendall

13600 SW 139 Court, Miami
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Miami, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Wings Over Miami Museum and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Zoo Miami. Kendall Breeze Shopping Center and The Gold Coast Railroad Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$109
La Quinta Inn & Suites Miami Cutler Bay

La Quinta Inn & Suites Miami Cutler Bay

10821 Caribbean Blvd, Cutler Bay
3.6
of 5, from 912 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Southland Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Zoo Miami and Monkey Jungle. The Gold Coast Railroad Museum and Coral Reef Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$102
Quality Inn South at The Falls

Quality Inn South at The Falls

14501 S Dixie Hwy, Miami
3.2
of 5, from 282 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Miami, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Briar Bay Golf Course and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Coral Reef Park. Zoo Miami and Dadeland Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).