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“Good, old-fashioned gator fun for all ages”
Review of Gatorland

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Ranked #14 of 126 Outdoor Activities in Orlando
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Gatorland features 3,000 gators and 89 crocodiles, as well as a number of bird and snake exhibits.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Our family of three visited Gatorland on Boxing Day as part of our Christmas week vacation. It was the perfect pairing for our airboat tour (which we did in late afternoon at Wild Willy's in St. Cloud).

This place is chock full of gators. Big ones. Small ones. Greenish-black ones. White ones. Fat ones. Skinny ones. Old ones and baby ones. Some that like to hide and can barely be spotted in the swampy lake, others that lay sprawled out in the sun. Gators by the hundreds. Maybe even thousands.

There's a little aviary filled with exotic birds, an old fashioned train that takes guests for a leisurely tour around the park, an awesome "swamp walk" along a boarded trail through the unspoiled swampland (complete with a fallen tree across the path in at least one place), a neat little splash pad where the wee ones can cool off on hot days, and a selection of entertaining shows which are as humourous as they are disturbing (my heart was in my mouth watching Wrestler Tim pull a gator into the sandy ring and hold its mouth open with his chin). The braver guests can have the opportunity to sit on a gator and pose for a photo while the chickens among us watch safely from the guard rail. Gator food is available for purchase (hot dog weiners) at a very reasonable cost and is a fun activity for all ages.

There's a small petting zoo onsite with a variety of friendly animals.

At about $20 per adult, its an affordable, entertaining, half-day family activity that offers something for everyone. Even during the busiest week of the year in Orlando, we found the park to be crowd-free and a wonderful break from the tourist hullaballoo of the major area theme parks. A great place to get your "gator fix"!

Thank Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We were in Orlando last week and planned to do some central Florida birding. A nature photographer's website mentioned Gatorland as an excellent photo site. The park opens at 10:00 and admission is $24.99, but starting Feb. 1 (and through mid-June) they have an early access for photography Thursday through Sunday where you can get in between 7:30 and 8:00 for $19.99. And once 10:00 and everyone else arrives, you can stay in, a great deal.

The early photo area is limited to the breeding marsh, swamp walk boardwalk and along the south lake, plenty of area to cover. This is a natural breeding colony for numerous species and not a zoo. The photo ops were spectacular, had at least 18 different species up close. And if you want gators, the breeding marsh had some behemoths. Highly recommended for anyone interested in birds and photography; just bring your camera and binoculars. And if you want, you can explore the rest of the place after 10:00.

Also, the staff was terrific. We had some questions about other areas for birding and the three women in the gift shop were most helpful with their recommendations and directions.

Thank RHM-64
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

I have visited gatorland twice now and both times were a ton of fun! There are plenty of gators to see including some white alligators. The jumparoo show was a lot of fun! If it's busy you should get a spot close the fence early because it fills up fast. The petting zoo was fun for all of us and we are adults! The gator wrestling show was also great and educational. I felt a little scared eating gator bites while watching the show! But the gator didnt seem to notice. After the show they had an opportunity to take a picture with the alligator but non of us felt brave enough to try. The up close encounters show was by far the best part! They had a lot of cool animals some of them you could actually hold! There was a train there that took you around the park but we have never taken advantage of this. There is a ton of stuff to do there for an extra charge like a zip line and hands on alligator time as well.

Thank ACarlson03
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Is entertaining,is educative and is cheap.You can take your family to this place.And everybody will enjoy this place.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

This is a very relaxed atmosphere. Our group was from 6 months old to 60 years old and we all enjoyed our afternoon. It was fun and informational/educational.

Thank sunnydaysandfun
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