Sarasota, Florida: Sarasota Jungle Gardens: Bike-Riding ParrotsParrots ride skateboards and unicycles at this timeless Florida attraction. Open since 1936.
- 3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL
- I-75 Exit 213 onto Hwy 610/University Parkway. West six miles to Tamiami Trail, then left (south) about a mile to Myrtle St. Turn right four blocks to Bay Shore Rd.
- Daily 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About Sarasota Jungle Gardens: Bike-Riding Parrots
If you love interacting with animals, this place is fantastic for all ages. While there we got to hand-feed flamingos, a black swan, and some ducks. We also held and took photos with a skunk and gorgeous parrots. Be sure to check out the shows too, which were interesting and informative. SJG is my new favorite FL park.[Mary, 08/04/2010]
We visited this attraction based upon tips from this site. To say the least, we were not disappointed. This place is great! There was a live alligator show, flamingos walking around in the open (my girlfriend almost got attacked by one) and of course the infamous bird show, where a parrot rides a bicycle! The place is well kept and the staff are friendly.[Greg Kopp, 04/01/2009]
They have a garden full of big plants you can wander through, and there's a live show featuring a parrot riding a tiny bicycle at the end. Be sure to visit in the summer when you can literally see the humidity in the air. *gasp* And then visit the gift shop and buy a plastic pink flamingo. It's every stereotype about Florida, all rolled up in one great attraction![Teri, 02/08/2004]
We first visited Sarasota Jungle Gardens in 1986. They had been open since 1972, with a regular cast of performing bird characters. Elvis, the Rembrandt of the Parrot World, painted masterpieces with a brush while cheered on by audiences. He retired after suffering disabling arthritis. The "Gardens of Christ" housed in eight tiny "Biblical-style" buildings, complete with piped-in musak. Also home to the most grueling garden/swamp walk of any Florida attraction.