Lions are unpredictable creatures, which is why you should never approach them in the wild or depend on them to babysit your pet gazelle. Have a brush with the animal kingdom with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $59 for two adult tickets and two child tickets to the Winter Wonder Island event ($123.80 value)
- $17.50 for one adult ticket to the Winter Wonder Island event ($34.95 value)
- $12.50 for one child ticket to the Winter Wonder Island event ($26.95 value)
The safari park gets the holiday treatment between November 29 and January 5 with strings of lights that twinkle in shows, more than 80 holiday displays (some reaching up to 80 feet wide), a laser show, and screenings of holiday movies. Santa is on hand for photo opportunities, and private beach La Playa is covered in real snow, 50 tons of which are produced daily for snowman building, snowball fights, and sledding down a real snow slope. Warm ups are available in the form of hot chocolate, make-your-own s'mores, and other food vendors will also be available. Winter Wonder Island is open on Monday–Thursday 6 p.m.–10 p.m., and Friday–Sunday 6 p.m.–11 p.m. .
With the purchase of this Groupon, customers will also receive a ticket to return to Jungle Island during day time hours between January 6, 2014 and March 6, 2014. Blackout dates may apply.
White sand beaches, cerulean waters, and towering palms make Watson Island feel like a tropical paradise—complete with a leopard lurking in the undergrowth. Luckily, this jungle cat is safely within the confines of the Jungle Island, which has inhabited the isle for more than a decade. And yet the story of this themed park, which houses everything from exotic birds and primates to rare plants and trees, began more than 75 years ago.
In 1936, Franz Scherr established an aviary where the exotic birds could soar uncaged, giving his South Miami park the apt name of Parrot Jungle. In the following decades, the aviary hosted some noteworthy occupants, such as Pinky—a high-wire bicycle-riding cockatoo—and several pink flamingos that appeared in the opening credits of Miami Vice. When the zoo's current owners purchased the company in 1988, they introduced new mammals and reptiles—but when Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992, they were forced to relocate. They settled on Watson Island, and in 2003, finished construction of the animal habitats and 18 acres of tropical gardens, renaming the park Jungle Island.
Hundreds of animals and plants from around the world call Jungle Island home. Naturalistic habitats contain mammals such as orangutans and a liger; reptiles such as American alligators and pythons; and birds such as African penguins and emus. The gardens house rare plants including cycads and African sausage trees. More than 1.35 miles of covered walking trails wind among the exhibits.
Many of these animals feature in daily demonstrations. In Winged Wonders, handlers showcase the antics of colorful parrots, the flight of vultures, and the resident 6-foot cassowary's ability to eat an apple whole. Tale of the Tiger explores the behavior of rare big cats, including four species of tigers. Alternatively, in-depth tours and encounters may bring guests face-to-face with popular primates, or deep into the Serpentarium to feed an alligator in its enclosure and ponder whether snakes could possibly wear neckties.