A special note of thanks to Bret.
This was our second time back in as many years as well as "Trainer for the Day". Our trainer day was in the off season and Gatorland was able to book us with Bret, who had given us a great time last year. He was most informative, very hands on, which some us chose not to do, and it was certainly not rushed. The staff that we passed were friendly with a "mornin" greeting and those who were in the reptile houses preparing for the day became part of the discussion, clearly showing their enthusiasm.
The shows that are performed are very entertaining and staff is great with the children, never putting them past their comfort level, adults as well I should add.
Also they have added two nice looking panthers (beige coloured) with a viewing area where you can sit ad watch them.
This is a nice way to spend 3-4 hours on a general admission if you just want a walk around. The shows are well timed and frequent enough to make it comfortable getting to them. Having been there early (prior to opening) all effort is made to clean and groom the property to put their best foot forward.
If you are looking for a longer stay, they do have a nice kids splash area so you could make a day of it.
Nothing that I could see or experience. Now, we were there in January so I am unable to comment as to how it is during prime time when the gators are going to be more active and there are more people so you gauge your crowd tolerance.
Cost: yes it may be a bit expensive for a family (perhaps a family pass should considered) but having regard to what it costs to maintain animals, insurances and staffing, do try and make a day of it. The shows are free and answers to questions are no charge and just take your time .... AND bring the camera.
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