Santa's Enchanted Forest, the largest Christmas theme park and carnival in the world, is a sheer delight for children of ... More
Santa's Enchanted Forest
Santa's Enchanted Forest, the largest Christmas theme park and carnival in the world, is a sheer delight for children of all ages. Open from November through early January, the park features a spectacular array of activities and points of interest, including nine shows nightly, a multitude of displays, forty game and food stands, kiddy rides, a 90-foot Christmas tree, and three million lights to illuminate Miami's tropical winter nights. It is a seasonal favorite not to be missed.
We went on a Saturday night. We are a couple with a 2yr old. It is a pretty place. The lights make it special.
To make the most out of it and not potentially dislike the place, here are some very important tips. You need to play it smart here or else :)
1.) Buy your tickets online before getting there. We got there at 530pm and the lines to buy entrance tickets were massive, at least a 30 minute wait. We bought our tickets online before going and walked right in. When we were leaving at 9pm, lines were twice as long to get in, about 1 hour wait I estimate.
If you want to have your child ride the merry-go-round, get to the park by 445, so you are inside by 5pm. The merry-go-round is small and fills up fast.
2.) Get there early. I recommend being there and being parked by no later than 530 pm. At 530 its already getting dark and youll appreciate the lights. We got decent parking at this time. However, I imagine folks who got there later needed hiking boots. There is a tram service but dont think its worth it. Also, getting their earlier you avoid the crowds, less lines. As we were leaving at 9, the crowds were getting massive - both at the ticket lines and walking to the park to go in.
3.) Take spending money. Most rides are free. But the petting zoo, pony rides, elephant rides and others are not.
4.) See the Dondee the Elephant show, next to the Magnum ride. This show is worth it. Its the closest I ve been to an elephant. Nice family puts on a very good show. Some other shows were not very good at all.
5.) Dont be disappointed, this is not a "Disney World". Enjoy it for what it is. I cant think of another place in S. Florida that offers this type of entertainment during Holiday Season.
It was a really good place to go to get more christmas spirit. I really enjoyed it and I know my husband did too!! I can't wait to go back which is probably gunna be next year when we spend christmas with my inlaws who live in miami. It was great I really recommend it and if you plan to go several times just buy the pass its very worth the money.
dont listen 2 no1 this is the best place eva it has awesome rides n really good food!!!
Also there is alot of ppl that ur ganna c that u never thought posible
The best place 2 go doing November-December is santa's its reallyyyyy fun and lots of great shows
hello, there you want a place to go and have a great time its this place i hadnt gone in like 5 years then my boyfriend and his friend and my friend we all went and it was the time of our lives the ferries wheel is great!!! ;) so believe me go its better then speading your weekend watching a movie at the local mall. so i recommened you go to this place youll have a really good time. BELIEVE ME :D!!!!
nothing its all great, i like everything.the rides are great and the food at santas is awsome. and the rides are free you just have to pay the entrance. man i just g
ot myself exicted so come on down it is a beautiful place with all its clorful lights and rides. the first time i went i was so socked i could not blevie i was at santas i rodde all the rides it was amazing. a person that enjoy to be with the family and likes to ride rides and loves winter time come on down to santas enchanted forest.i would highly recommend it to every one. and the entracne is not a lot compared that they are giving you all rides free.and so yuo know it is at tropical park
santas's enchanted forest is a great place to go with ur friends and family. It has rides for all ages. The only thing you might consider is using the bathroom before you get there, its really gross and smells bad but besides that I really enjoyed the place i cant wait till i go back next year.
We bought season passes because we wanted to take our 5 girls during the week when it's not so crowded, but that means it's a school night so we can only stay for a few hours at a time. This is NOT enough time to see/do everything as many times as they want! lol
So, two adults at $35 each, plus 4 children at $25 each (the baby was free) gave us free parking and many free rides to enjoy.
All the games cost extra though, the drinks, cotton candy, etc. are $3 and up, and there are some rides and attractions that you have to pay for even though their web site says "All rides, shows, attractions and parking are FREE with paid admission."
For example, the pony ride is $5 per child. The elephant ride is $5 per child. And the petting zoo is $3 per person just to walk through!
We won't be taking the baby with us next time but took her last week because it was her first time to see Santa. Of course, you can't take photos of the children with Santa - you have to PAY for the photos THEY take...
I guess it isn't bad if you only have one child, but when you have 4 getting on a ride that you have to pay for, that's $20 each time, and that adds up FAST! -- And when I wrote to the email address given on their web site to ask them why they advertise ALL rides etc as being free when they're not, my email bounced back to me as "Service Unavailable"...
On the good side though, the lights really are very pretty! As someone else noted, some of the displays are getting old, but many are still very nice. The girls got to see live deer in a pen and hand coins (silver only) to a monkey. For a dollar each, they also got to feed the elephant a treat.
They rode the ferris wheel, went through a fun house, down a huge spiral slide, plus many other rides all for free. They also enjoyed the elephant show, magic show, and juggler show for free. But those shows start at 8 pm and later, so we were at the park later than we wanted to be. Next time we'll try to make it to the further end of the park to see what rides etc are down there, and we can skip the shows now that we've seen them. Hopefully that will let us get the girls home to bed before so late.
Oh, and one other suggestion; wear comfortable shoes because you'll do a LOT of walking! lol
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