The self-proclaimed “Alligator Capital of the World,” Gatorland Florida covers 110 acres with reptiles filling numerous ponds, excellent photo subjects. Founded by the late Owen Godwin in 1949, the attraction remains modern and changing. Besides hundreds of American alligators, the attraction features the world’s largest collection of giant white alligators in its White Gator Swamp.
Of Gatorland’s daily shows, the most famous is its Gator Jumparoo, which demonstrates the dangers and thrills of hand-feeding gators (illegal in the wild). The reptiles jump as much as 4-5 feet out of the water to grab the food dangling over them from a trainer’s hand.
Gator Wrestlin’ is another signature Gatorland show held in a well-shaded 800 seat stadium. Repeated several times daily, the show’s gator wrangler should have an advantage since the alligator is just a little larger. The show ends with the wrangler using the secret sleeper technique, rolling the gator on its back and rubbing its stomach.
Times for these shows vary seasonally. Check ahead for the current schedule.
A popular adventure is the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line, which also deserves an app entry of its own. See other adventures here, which includes the Gator Gauntlet, a zip line accessible to those with mobility challenges or other disabilities. .
A boardwalk passes through a bird rookery loaded with nesting egrets and herons from February to June. Special “dawn to dusk” extended hours available for serious photographers with the purchase of a seasonal photo pass. .
The Gatorland gift shop offers far more items in-store such as apparel and many kinds of gator-related souvenirs, including gator heads and a gator claw backscratcher.
Expect to spend a half–day, minimum. At a slow pace, easy to spend a full day. For food, smokehouse, snack bar and fudge kitchen available. Check online for ticket specials. Florida resident discounts are frequent.