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Where To See Flamingos In Florida – 2024 Guide

Are you ready for a wild adventure in Florida? If you’re a nature lover looking to catch a glimpse of the stunning pink flamingos then you’re in the right place!

I’ve been to Florida many times and one thing that just never gets old is seeing pink flamingos out in their natural habitat!

Based on my experience, the best place to see flamingos in Florida is in the Everglades National Park.

In particular, the flamingos gather on the mudflats of Snake Bight.

To see them for yourself, I’d recommend booking this Everglades kayaking adventure where you get to explore the Everglades with an expert guide.

Keep reading to discover where else you can find flamingos in Florida to plan your next birdwatching expedition.

Best Places To See Flamingos In Florida

Flamingos are a Florida icon so it’s not surprising that thousands of people flock each year to various places across Florida to see them.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s exactly where you can see flamingos in Florida…

1. Everglades National Park

By far, the best place to see flamingos out in the wild in Florida is at the Everglades National Park.

The Everglades National Park is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States and is home to over 350 different species of birds including flamingos. 

Map showing location of Everglades National Park.

I’ve found that the best place to see flamingos at the Everglades National Park is at Snake Bight which is a coastal region of Florida Bay.

You’ll find the flamingos gathering on the mudflats in the water here.

The last time I visited Snake Bight, I saw at least 50+ flamingos all congregated together. It felt very special to say the least!!

The Everglades is a large area so to ensure you definitely get to see the flamingos, I’d recommend joining a guided tour.

Best Everglades Tours:

My personal favorite way to explore the Everglades is by joining a guided kayaking tour. This is the tour that I did recently and I can only say great things about it.

We were guided through mangrove forests and got the chance to see not only flamingos but alligators, dolphins and sharks too! It was pretty cool and I learned so much about Florida.

Alternatively you could join a wildlife-watching boat tour where you can sit back, relax and spot hundreds of birds including flamingos and other marine wildlife too like dolphins.

The flamingos found in the Everglades National Park are American flamingos.

Flamingos in the Everglades

Address: 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

2. Flamingo Gardens, Fort Lauderdale

Another great place to see pink flamingos in Florida is at Flamingo Gardens in Fort Lauderdale. 

Flamingo Gardens is a 60-acre tropical botanic garden and wildlife sanctuary that takes care of flamingos that can no longer live in the wild.

Most of the birds present in the sanctuary have been injured so wouldn’t survive in the wild. This is why they have been brought to the sanctuary. 

The flamingos found at Flamingo Gardens are Caribbean flamingos.


They live in the Flamingo Pond area of the sanctuary complete with waterfalls and tropical vegetation.

I visited Flamingo Gardens on my last trip to Florida and really enjoyed it. It’s super well maintained and the flamingos have so much room to roam around.

You also get the chance to feed the flamingos at Flamingo Gardens which is a super fun and memorable experience. 

As well as flamingos, they have over 3,000 species of rare & exotic plants, alligators, bears, panthers, peacocks and more.

I’d recommend pre-booking this skip-the-line ticket before you arrive as the queue can be long to get in (the wildlife sanctuary is super popular!).

With the skip-the-line ticket, you can bypass the entire queue and just go straight in!

Address: 3750 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330

Opening Hours: ​Monday to Sunday, 9:30am to 5pm

Check out the video below to see some of the flamingos at Flamingo Gardens:

3. Zoo Miami

One of the best places in Miami where you can see flamingos is at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami is both the largest and the oldest zoo in Florida with over 3,000 animals covering almost 750 acres. 

The zoo has open air exhibits and due to the hot weather of Southern Florida this mimics the animals natural habitats. 

Miami Zoo currently has over 40 flamingos in the Florida region of the zoo.

This area features animals that are native to Florida which includes flamingos, alligators, crocodiles, panthers and more.

The flamingos are situated right by the entrance of the zoo so they will probably be the first animal you see when you enter the zoo. 

The flamingos at Zoo Miami are American flamingos.

You can pre-book your Zoo Miami ticket here which is a good option if you don’t want to spend ages waiting in the queue when you arrive.

Address: 12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Check out the video below to see some of the flamingos of Zoo Miami:

4. Zoo Tampa

The best place to see flamingos in Tampa is Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

This 63-acre zoo is located in Tampa and is home to more than 1,300 animals including a flock of flamingos.

The flamingos are located in the Florida realm of the zoo.

This area of the zoo focuses on iconic Florida animals including flamingos, manatees, alligators and more. 

The zoo rescues, rehabilitates and cares for animals that need it. It is a nonprofit zoo and is run by the Lowry Park Zoological Society which is a charity. 

I’d recommend pre-booking your Zoo Tampa ticket here to save time queueing when you arrive. Just walk straight in!

Address: 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9:30am to 5pm

Check out the video below to see some of the flamingos at Zoo Tampa:

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5. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Another great place to see pink flamingos in Florida is at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is an African-themed animal theme park located in Tampa. It covers 335-acres of land.

As well as thrilling roller coasters and rides, Busch Gardens is also home to a wide range of animals including flamingos. The flamingos here are Lesser, Chilean and Caribbean flamingos.

The zoo at Busch Gardens is the largest zoo in Tampa with more than 200 species of animals.

You’ll find the flamingos in the Bird Gardens area, the Nairobi area and the Egypt area. The zoo here currently has around 20 flamingos. 

At Animal Connections in the Nairobi area, you even get the chance to get up close to the flamingos and feed them too! It’s a super rare and memorable experience. 

You can also join their ‘Keeper for a Day’ tour where you’ll help feed and look after the flamingos and be able to chat with the zookeepers. 

Address: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, opens at 10am. Closing time varies – check the schedule here.

Check out the video below to see a guest feeding one of the flamingos at Busch Gardens:

6. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

The best place in Key West to see flamingos is the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

This butterfly park is home to 50-60 different species of butterflies as well as free flying birds including American flamingos. 

You can wander through their 5,000sq ft tropical glass conservatory observing the flamingos as well as the thousands of butterflies that live there. It’s designed to mimic a rainforest.  

This is one of the best places in Florida where you can get an up close and personal animal encounter with flamingos.

Address: 1316 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm

Check out the video below showing an animal encounter with a flamingo at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory:

7. Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Another great place to see flamingos in Florida is at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens located in Sarasota, just over an hour’s drive from Tampa. 

Featuring over 10-acres of botanical gardens, here you’ll find a range of birds and animals. 

One of their biggest attractions is the free-roaming flamingos who can often be found splashing or strutting around. 

At Sarasota Jungle Gardens you’re able to walk amongst the flamingos and hand feed them too. 

There’s also plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with lots of other animals here including reptiles, parrots and butterflies. 

Address: 3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34234

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Check out the video below where a guest got up close and personal with a flamingo at Sarasota Jungle Gardens:

8. Discovery Cove, Orlando

One of the best places in Orlando to see flamingos is at Discovery Cove.

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive family resort where you can swim with dolphins, relax on white sand beaches, go snorkeling and get up close with a wide range of animals. 

It’s actually one of my favorite places that I’ve ever visited! It’s incredible.

You can see Caribbean flamingos here every single morning at Serenity Bay. They parade out into the park every morning at 9.30am. 

If you’re looking for an up close and personal animal encounter with flamingos then you can book onto the ‘Flamingo Mingle’ package where you can meet, mingle and help feed the flamingos.

Address: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm (some experiences may start earlier than this including the Flamingo Mingle which starts at 7am).

Check out the video below showing some guests enjoying the Flamingo Mingle experience at Discovery Cove:

9. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando

Another great place in Orlando where you can see flamingos is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

This zoological theme park is part of the Walt Disney World Resort which is the largest theme park in the world. 

I’ve been to Animal Kingdom so many times now but each time I seem to love it more and more.

As well as roller coasters and rides, Disney’s Animal Kingdom features hundreds of species of live animals including flamingos. 

Animal Kingdom features 2 different species of flamingo: greater and lesser flamingos. 

You can see the flamingos on the Kilimanjaro Safaris or strolling around the grounds surrounding the Tree of Life.

Address: 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Bay Lake, FL 34747

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 7pm

Check out some of the flamingos at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the video below:

10. Lion Country Safari

Another place in Florida where you can see flamingos is at Lion Country Safari, located in Loxahatchee, in Palm Beach County. 

It’s an hour & a half drive from Miami.

Lion Country Safari is a drive-through safari park and amusement park that covers over 600-acres and features 900 animals. 

Here you’ll be able to see a range of animals including flamingos, giraffes, lions and more. 

The flamingos can be found in the adventure park (not part of the safari).

After driving through the safari, you will then leave your car and enter the walk-through adventure park which has animals, rides and other attractions. 

The flamingos found here are Caribbean flamingos. 

Address: 2003 Lion Country Safari Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9:30am to 5:30pm

You can see the flamingos of Lion Country Safari in the video below:

11. Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

The best place in Jacksonville to see flamingos is at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

This zoo occupies over 122-acres and features over 2,000 animals.

They have both Greater flamingos and American flamingos here. 

You can see the American flamingos in the Range of the Jaguar exhibit and you can see the Greater flamingos in the Africa Loop. 

The Africa Loop features a 1,400ft boardwalk that guests can walk along as they look out at the animals in their habitats. You will be able to see the flamingos from this boardwalk. 

Address: 370 Zoo Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32218

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm 

Check out the video below showing some of the pink flamingos of Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens:

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12. Palm Beach Zoo

Another place in Florida where you can see pink flamingos is at Palm Beach Zoo, located in West Palm Beach. 

Palm Beach Zoo has over 550 animals within their 23-acres of lush, tropical habitat including flamingos. 

You can see both American and Chilean flamingos here.

If you want to get up close and personal with the flamingos then you can book onto the Flamingo Experience.  

During this experience you’ll get up close to the Chilean flamingos and be able to take photos and learn more about them. 

Address: 1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm

Check out the flamingos of Palm Beach Zoo in the video below:

13. Gulf Breeze Zoo

Another place in Florida where you can see flamingos is at Gulf Breeze Zoo, located in Navarre.

This 50-acre zoo is home to over 900 exotic animals including flamingos, rhinos, hippos, gorillas and more. 

They have a wide range of exotic birds that you’ll see as you wander around the zoo. 

Address: 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm

14. Hialeah Park

One of the best places to see flamingos in Miami is at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino

This park features a historic horse race track, picturesque gardens and flamingos!

The first flock of flamingos was brought to the park back in 1934 from Cuba. Since then, the birds have become a widely recognised trademark of the park. 

The flamingos of Hialeah Park are even commonly used as a backdrop in movies and TV shows including Miami Vice, The Champ and Let It Ride.

The flamingos were all hatched and raised along the race track and Hialeah Park is actually the only place where the species have been successfully reproduced outside of their wild state. 

Address: 100 E 32nd St, Hialeah, FL 33013

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 3am. Friday & Saturday, 9am to 5am

You can see the flamingos of Hialeah Park in the video below:

And that’s it!

Thanks for reading this post on where to see flamingos in Florida. 

I hope this guide has helped you plan your flamingo sighting adventure in Florida.

From the Everglades to lesser-known spots, there are plenty of places to witness these magnificent birds in their natural habitat.


Megan Jones is a travel expert and founder of Traveller's Elixir, who has been travelling the world full time since 2021. Megan's travel tips been featured in numerous media outlets including Metro, Timeout, Thrillist and more.

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