Jungle Island to debut water activities, new summer entertainment

Jungle Island is rolling out several new features to lure guests in the summer months.

On Saturday, the attraction on Miami’s Watson Island will launch a new show and an improved private beach with water activities in Biscayne Bay including a balance beam, trampolines, a climbing wall and water volleyball.

Jungle Island has offered a beach area with inflatable water slides in previous years, but a spokeswoman said the beach itself, called Parrot Cove, will get a facelift with lounge chairs, umbrellas, cabanas and food and drinks available. The aqua park uses inflatable equipment from a German watersports company called Wibit.

The watersports complex will stay in place through November and return in the spring. Lifeguards will be posted at the private beach. The park will charge a fee to use lounge chairs, umbrellas, cabanas and water park activities, but prices have not been set.

This is the first year Jungle Island has offered daily entertainment. The Africa Nights summer program, which ends Aug. 10, features 19 daily shows from Cirque Zuma Zuma, a troupe of performers including pole climbers, percussionists, Zulu dancers and acrobats from countries throughout Africa.

The group appeared on the NBC show America’s Got Talent in 2011.