We got to Sarasota Jungle Gardens just as it was opening, which was probably best. It wasn’t busy yet and the sun was still low enough in the sky to make the experience enjoyable. We fed the flamingos, watched the macaws and wandered through the jungle paths. This park was a perfect size for June, who walked almost the entire time!
The birds brought out a side of my nephew, Luke, that I have never seen before! He was so content, yet beyond excited to see them. Every bird he saw, he would point and make sounds at. Without a doubt, this was his happy place. It was so much fun to watch his eyes bulge with wonder at the world around him.
June was fearless, as usual, here. She stuck her little palm out, filled with food and waited for the flamingos to take it from her. When they did, it tickled her hand and sent her backward, covering her mouth with her hand in surprise. But instead of crying (or screaming like I did) she just giggled. She is teaching me to be brave, every day. I hope that as she grows, she leans into her adventurous spirit wherever she goes. I know that she is bringing out of side of myself that I haven’t experienced before. If you’re ever in the Sarasota area with littles, you should definitely spend some time at the Jungle Gardens!