Miami’s first zoo began in 1948 and was relocated to a former naval air station in 1980. Zoo Miami exhibits about 3,000 animals within it 325 acres of developed land. In the center of the zoological park and garden is Lake Iguana. This is the perfect setting to rest under a shade tree for a few minutes or soak up some Florida sun. Paddle boats are also available for a self-propelled tour of the lake.