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"!
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