For those who haven’t taken a stroll down Ocean Drive on Miami Beach at night, or even the people who turned a blind eye to the short shorts rollerblading along the boardwalk, there’s certainly no disputing the abundance of interesting personalities in Miami. What better way to compliment the photos with the Versace Obsessed and Pink-clad transvestites than with a colorful visit to one of South Florida’s many unique Animal parks?
Unlike so many other American cities, Miami’s unique year-round tropical temperatures and its interest in the flamboyant make it the ideal venue for interesting animal parks and tropical gardens. Take a day off to indulge in the slogan of Monkey Jungle, for example: “Where Humans are Caged and Monkeys Run wild!” An excellent approach to the zoo mentality, this south Florida gem boasts nearly 400 primates that inhabit its 80-acre property. The promotion of primate awareness is a cornerstone of the tropical paradise that is Monkey Jungle, so feeling like you haven’t learned anything while partying your nights away in Miami shouldn’t be a concern after a visit to this venue.
Another flamboyant wonderland, started by a man with a dream in the 1980’s, is Butterfly World. Here, thousands of butterflies float about freely in an impressive array of gardens, while visitors are allowed to cruise along the many pathways as these creatures flutter overhead. Located just outside the city of Miami at Coconut Creek, this magical venue is a popular destination for people of all ages. Profits from the park go toward the Boender Endangered Species Laboratory of the University of Florida.
Add to the impressive collection of exotic places in Miami the likes of Metro Zoo and Parrot Jungle, and you’ll soon realize the sun and sand are not all that make up this tropical paradise. Characters abound in this anomaly of an American city, so take advantage of all the forms that these strange creatures come in, and make sure to include time at one of these eye-catching parks.