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Mingle with Flamingos!

Female child feeding flamingos

Photo from Sarasota Jungle Gardens

People taking photos of flamingos

Photo of Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy by Chelle Koster Walton

female child feeding birds

Photo from Everglades Wonder Gardens


If you’re looking for a fun day trip during your next visit to Ocean’s Reach, consider making it a pink one!  While flamingos are more populous down in the Caribbean, there are several spots in Florida where you can enjoy a close encounter with these pink-feathered friends.

Up in Sarasota, kids love hand-feeding the flamingos that freely rove Sarasota Jungle Gardens, one of the few zoos in the United States that allow it.  With 25 flamingos on the ground, Sarasota Jungle Gardens boasts one of the largest flamingo flocks in captivity.

Take the Key West Express and participate in the “Flamingle” program at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy.  Up to six guests can share a gazebo with the stilt-legged birds and enjoy a most unique up-close-and-personal experience following an educational orientation.

Closer to Sanibel at the Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs, flamingos are a main attraction.  Besides feeding and photographing them, visitors can do “Yoga with Flamingos” from November through April!

We’re dedicating this week to more fun day trip ideas, so if you do get an itch to leave your beach chair (as crazy as that sounds), be sure to read on …


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