Story by Sue Erwin, Photos by Christine Cunningham and provided by Sarasota Jungle Gardens Now that summer is officially here, you might be thinking about taking some family day trips ... and Florida has plenty of fun and educational destinations to explore. Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a family owned and operated attraction since 1939. And it has roots that run deep. A newspaperman by the name of David Breed Lindsay purchased ten acres of land in the early 1930s just west of U.S. 41 with a plan to develop it into a tropical garden. A neighbor who owned an adjacent nursery grew interested in the project, and the two began to import thousands of tropical plants, trees and flowers. In 1936, the owners began noticing a number of people wandering through the garden daily, so the duo began charging ten cents for children and 35 cents for adults. On New Year’s Eve 1939, Sarasota Jungle Gardens officially opened as a public attraction. The establishment was purchased by Arthur C. Allyn in 1971. His 63 A model poses with flamingos in the park’s early days.
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