For a wildlife encounter closer to Miami Beach, head over to Jungle Island. This lush, tropical park, formerly Parrot Jungle, showcases a variety of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and tropical plants. Its open spaces are perfect for kids to run around and take in the scenery. Don’t miss the park’s daily shows. Families can watch as park staff interacts with wild cats and exotic birds or take a walking safari tour. During the summer, you can also enjoy the park’s private beach, which has inflatable slides and bouncy houses for the little ones and frozen drinks for the adults to enjoy. The park offers ticket-holders a complimentary shuttle from several Miami Beach and downtown Miami hotels. Check the website for pick-up locations and schedules.