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Visiting Gatorland in Orlando, Florida

Updated on June 19, 2013

More Gators Than You've Ever Seen in One Place

When you book a trip to Orlando, Florida, you're probably visiting one of Disney World's four parks or Universal Studios--and those places are great! But you're probably overlooking a lesser-known gem called Gatorland.

This park, which covers 110 acres and was opened in 1949, offers you and your family up-close encounters with gators, turtles, snakes, and more.

If you're looking for an outdoor activity that's fairly inexpensive and can keep the kids and the adults in your party entertained for a few hours, Gatorland is a great choice for a half-day visit (though it can be done in less).

Visiting Gatorland

The Main Attraction at Gatorland: The Alligators!

If you're visiting Gatorland, you're probably going for one reason: to see alligators! The powerful and terrifying animals live in abundance at Gatorland, with babies floating in enclosures with turtles and the larger gators either sequestered by themselves (if they're aggressive) or waiting in groups below the walkways.

For a few dollars, you can buy a bag of hot dogs and toss them to the gators, who are happy to oblige you with a flashy snap of their jaws.

Gatorland's Location

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Other Animals at Gatorland

In addition to the varied species of alligators at Gatorland, you can also view snakes (both those native to Florida and the interlopers, who were brought in as pets and then multiplied in the wild); panthers; turtles; and tortoises.

There's also an aviary where you can feed parakeets and budgies, who are happy to alight on your hands, shoulders, and heads; a parrot area; and a petting zoo with friendly and hungry goats, chickens, and cows.

Activities at Gatorland

Besides walking around to view the many creatures inhabiting Gatorland, you and your family can also enjoy one of several activities.

If your kids have brought their bathing suits, they'll enjoy the brightly-colored splash park, where they can run and play in the water with the other kids.

If your feet are sore from hours spent at Disney World, you can take a $2 train ride around the park, learning about gators along the way.

Finally, if you're exceptionally brave, you can zipline over the ponds of alligators.

White Alligators at Gatorland

One of the famous white alligators at Gatorland.
One of the famous white alligators at Gatorland. | Source

Gator Jumparoo Show

Alligators jump out of the water for meat at the Gator Jumparoo Show
Alligators jump out of the water for meat at the Gator Jumparoo Show | Source

Shows at Gatorland

If you're in the mood for a little entertainment, Gatorland offers several shows at various times throughout the day.

In the Gator Jumparoo Show, alligators jump out of the water to snatch food in their powerful jaws.

In the Gator Wrestlin' Show, a very brave soul wrestles an alligator and climbs onto its back.

Check out the signs near the arenas for showtimes and grab your seat early if the park is crowded.

You can also get into the action yourself and have a picture made sitting on an alligator's back, or holding a baby alligator or a python.

Gators sun themselves all over the park at Gatorland.
Gators sun themselves all over the park at Gatorland. | Source

Gator Wrestling at Gatorland

Other Facts About Gatorland

Other things to know about Gatorland:

  • It's primarily an outdoor attraction, so be sure to wear sunscreen and even bring a hat.
  • Food and drink are available for purchase at several refreshment stands.
  • There are three restrooms located in the park.
  • Once you go into the gift shop, you have exited the park--so save that for last!
  • The park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Admission is $24.99 for an adult and $16.99 for a child (children under three are free).


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    • SaffronBlossom profile image

      SaffronBlossom 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Yes, you would LOVE it!! You can even buy little packages of hot dogs to throw at the gators and watch them snap them up out of the air.

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      Jami Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      Oh my goodness! I need to go to Gatorland! If I ever find myself in Orlando Florida, I am making a stop here, this is perfect for my family and I. We are avid reptile owners and we always go to the New England reptile expo (if we can afford the 3 hour drive); at the moment we have 8 snakes and 3 geckos but we have had more (we used to own a 6ft Boa and a 3ft tegu lizard). My daughter LOVES reptiles of all kinds, this would be so fun!

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      SaffronBlossom 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks Abby! Yes, it's definitely worth a visit...seeing all those alligators in one place, knowing they would love to eat you, is pretty scary! My friend I was with enjoyed it more than Disney World, actually--she liked all the parrots and other creatures. :)

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      Abby Campbell 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thank you for sharing this awesome hub about Gatorland, Erica! My father-in-law lives not far from Orlando, and I thought we had been to all the parks there in the past several years. Ha! I had never heard of Gatorland, and this hub makes me want to go visit. My family loves to watch "Swamp People," so this would be very fun and interesting. Though I don't think I want to zip-line over the alligators. Yikes!

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      SaffronBlossom 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks! Enjoy your trip to Orlando and let me know what you think of Gatorland. :)

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting and informative Hub SaffronBlossom. It comes in handy being that I will be in Orlando, Fl, in a couple of weeks and plan on visiting Gatorland. Big thumbs up!!