Honestly, I’m not a fan of this place. It’s smelly, the monkeys are either sleeping or in heat, and it’s really far from the city, even farther than the zoo. But if primates are your thing and you’d rather pass on the zoo, it could well be a good option. You’ll see rare Brazilian golden lion tamarins and Asian macaques. There are no cages to restrain the antics of the monkeys as they swing, chatter, and play their way into your heart. Screened-in trails wind through acres of “jungle,” and daily shows feature the talents of the park’s most progressive pupils. People who come here aren’t monkeying around—many of the park’s frequent visitors are scientists and anthropologists. In fact, an interesting archaeological exhibition excavated from a Monkey Jungle sinkhole displays 10,000-year-old artifacts, including human teeth and animal bones. An attraction that’s somewhat amusing, if you can call it that, is the Wild Monkey Swimming Pool, a show in which you get to watch monkeys diving for food. If you can stand the humidity, the smell, and the bugs (flies, mosquitoes, and so on), expect to spend about 2 hours here.
14805 SW 216th St (btw. SW 147th and SW 149th Aves.), Miami, FL
Our Rating Hours Daily 9:30am–5pm (tickets sold until 4pm) Phone 305/235-1611 Prices Admission $30 adults, $28 seniors and active-duty U.S. military, $24 ages 4–12; website discount of $2 for adults, $1 for children Web site Monkey Jungle