Rated one of the Top 10 zoos in the United States, Metrozoo is home to more than 900 animals in cageless settings where they roam freely in habitats that closely resemble their native ones. Metrozoo is the only zoo in the continental United States in a subtropical climate, allowing the zoo to exhibit animals unable to live in colder climates. You can take a safari through Asia to see komodo dragons and Bengal tigers; meander through the African plains with giraffes, zebras and lions; or roam through Australia with koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. You can also enjoy a free, air-conditioned monorail tour and state-of-the-art playgrounds and water-play areas. If you haven't been to the zoo in awhile, the aviary that was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew has been replaced. The zoo also boasts a large indoor, air-conditioned museum-like exhibit area. There are dining areas and gift shops scattered throughout the zoo. -- Robyn A. Friedman, South Florida Parenting Getting there: Take the Florida Turnpike Homestead Extension south to Exit 16. Turn right off the ramp and make another right at SW 152nd Street (Coral Reef Drive). The zoo entrance is on your left. On the web, check out miamimetrozoo.com. Check out the interactive map with your kids.
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