Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Lights at Sarasota's Jungle Garden



Without a doubt, Sarasota's Jungle Garden is a local treasure. I visited the Jungle Gardens for the first time last evening. Wanting to view Christmas lights, I was lured by the promise of over 1 million holiday lights. And, while it is not the high tech synchronized display often viewed today, I was not disappointed.


As I sauntered down the luminary lit walkway, I enjoyed the beautiful colors of the "butterfly garden" and the Christmas Village complete with elves and the big man himself. Nearby were lighted displays of an elephant and a lion and just around the corner I was thrilled to see beautiful free roaming flamingos being fed by the hands of delighted giggling children.

Built in the 1940's, Sarasota's Jungle Garden is one of the oldest attractions in the state with approximately 85% of the featured guests having been rescued or donated. During the day, visitors are greeted by rare and endangered exotic birds, reptiles, mammals and crocodiles on winding jungle trails covering 10 acres of lush tropical vegetation.

The Jungle Garden is a wonderful treat for young and old and one I intend to revisit often. Hopefully you will too!

Merry Christmas from Team Vitale

Submitted by Jan Petters

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