Sarasota Jungle Gardens 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Fl.

    The history of Sarasota Jungle Gardens extends back to the 1930’s.  A local newspaper man named David Breed purchased 10 acres of land just west of highway US 41.  His plan was was to convert the area into a botanical garden.  A friend Pearson Conrad who owned an adjacent plot of land became involved with the project. He developed plans for streams, lakes an additional plantings from his nursery.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Admission Center and Gift Shop


     The two men imported thousands of tropical plant ,trees and flowers from all over the world.    They chose these to blend harmoniously with native species.  In 1936, the owners became aware that people were wandering through the manicured jungle.  They began to charge a 10 cent admission charge for children and 35 cents for adults.  On New Years Eve 1939, Sarasota Gardens officially opened to the public.  It attracted ocal visitors as well as tourists.
     Over the years, Sarasota Jungle Gardens changed hands many times. in 1971,  it was purchased by Arthur Allyn.  It is currently operated by Allen’s Dorothy Tinney and her family.

     Over the years, several of the previous owners lived on the grounds in what is now the Flamingos Cafe.  The Koi Pond was previously a swimming pool.  A new admission  building and gift shop were added.


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Pond with Flamincoes

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Urfer Family Park

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C.B. Wilson Home and Office

Information about C.B. Wilson home and office

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Covered Picnic Tables


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Walking Path

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Signage about the Pines Shores Trailer Park Clubhouse Fire Place

Pines Shores Trailer Park Club Horse Fire Place


Venice Waterway Park from the Circus Bridge to  Shamrock Park and Nature Center 3/14/2023

View of the Intracoastal Waterway from the Circus Bridge

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View of the Circus Bridge

Bench Dedicated Sally Ann Boerschel

Segment Sponsored by the Venice Sunrise Rotary Club

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View of the Intracoastal Waterway


Signage for Friendship Centers

View of Venice Airfield

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View of Intracoastal Waterway

No Trespassing Sign

View of No Trespassing Sign

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Invasive Plant Removal Center

Intracoastal Waterway

Signage for Shamrock Park and Nature Center

No trespassing sign

 Dedicated to Stephen L. Kendrick II

Circus Bridge