We had a fun day at Gatorland seeing the gators and birds. They were having a Florida resident special so it only cost $14.99 for me and $9.99 for my daughter which I thought was really reasonable. The park is located in South Orlando off of Orange Blossom Trail. The website is https://www.gatorland.com/.
I don’t know the square footage of the park but Gatorland didn’t appear to be nearly as large as the Disney or Universal parks. Gatorland doesn’t have the exciting rides either, but what they do have is lots and lots of alligators and birds! The gators were separated by size and age, I believe to keep the larger gators from eating the smaller ones. There are several different shows you can watch and some you can even participant in for a fee. We saw the Gator Jumparoo Show and I found it amazing how high they can jump. When you look at an alligator you don’t really expect it to be able to move so fast or jump so high. You can also feed smaller gators with meat by dangling it with fishing poles.
The first picture here is a map of the park. I think it is outdated because it some of the attractions are not listed. There are also photos of the alligators swimming in the big ponds, the Jumparoo Show, feeding the smaller ones with fishing poles and baby gator nursery. Here is the video of the show:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pybojQT-DiI&index=22&list=PLoF4TKl3RY9iXB5CGg4K3PGiRVlvD36Vu.
There is a show called Adventure Hour where you can feed the alligators from pretty close. We paid for the show at the entrance and it sounded exciting. Later when I look at the pictures I could not believe I let me daughter participate in this – she is too close to the gators. She had a lot of fun but we might not do this show next time we go. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMKbs3qupcs&index=21&list=PLoF4TKl3RY9iXB5CGg4K3PGiRVlvD36Vu .
My favorite part of the park is probably the Breeding Marsh. You can walk on the boardwalk and see all the alligators and birds. The birds are everywhere and some have chicks in their nests – I plan on visiting next Spring, it is supposed to be a great placed to get photos. The Breeding Marsh has over 100 female alligators and 30 males.
Gatorland also has a Train, Swamp Buggy Ride, Zip Line and playground with a splash pad. Next time we go I want to take the Swamp Buggy ride. My daughter loves the splash pad.
The park also has more than just alligators and birds. There are crocodiles but I did’t get any pictures, something for next time. They also has have turtles, panthers, bobcats, raccoons, emus, rabbits, parrots, cockatoos and more!