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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 $88
WoodSpring Suites Miami Southwest

WoodSpring Suites Miami Southwest

16055 SW 117th Avenue, Miami
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 68 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Miami, this hotel is close to Zoo Miami, The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, and Pine Lake Shopping Center. Local attractions also include Arcade Odyssey and Kendall Breeze Shopping Center.

    Best Western Plus Kendall Airport Hotel & Suites $98
    Best Western Plus Kendall Airport Hotel & Suites

    Best Western Plus Kendall Airport Hotel & Suites

    13700 SW 139th Ct, Miami
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 739 reviews
      2.5 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).

      Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kendall $106
      Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kendall

      Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kendall

      13475 SW 131st Street, Miami
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 546 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).

        Miami Bed and Breakfast $44
        Miami Bed and Breakfast

        Miami Bed and Breakfast

        14014 SW 154th Street, Miami
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 46 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 and Peaceful Vacation Home
          The Cypresses-charming and Peaceful Vacation Home

          The Cypresses-charming and Peaceful Vacation Home

          , Miami
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 1 reviews
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            Situated in Miami, this vacation home is close to The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Zoo Miami, and Wings Over Miami Museum. Local attractions also include Kendall Breeze Shopping Center.

            Candlewood Suites Miami Executive ARPT Kendall $110
            Candlewood Suites Miami Executive ARPT Kendall

            Candlewood Suites Miami Executive ARPT Kendall

            13600 SW 139 Court, Miami
               
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Miami, this hotel is close to Wings Over Miami Museum, Kendall Breeze Shopping Center, and The Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Local attractions also include Zoo Miami and Pine Lake Shopping Center.

              La Quinta Inn & Suites Miami Cutler Bay $58
              La Quinta Inn & Suites Miami Cutler Bay

              La Quinta Inn & Suites Miami Cutler Bay

              10821 Caribbean Blvd, Cutler Bay
                 
                3.7
                of 5, from 967 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).

                Quality Inn South at The Falls $88
                Quality Inn South at The Falls

                Quality Inn South at The Falls

                14501 S Dixie Hwy, Miami
                   
                  3.2
                  of 5, from 303 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).