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“Best fun out of all our many events”

Gator Country Alligator Park
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Owner description: Gator Country Alligator Park at Airboat Adventures is home to one of the most incredible alligators you will ever come face to face with! "BUBBA" is our 7ft, 15 year old, voice and hand command trained American Alligator! To our knowledge...truely a "one of a kind". "Bubba" has been raised since birth by his owner and trainer David and we are proud to have them both for the most incredible show you will find anywhere featuring an alligator! This is an absolute "DO NOT MISS" on your vacation to Panama City Beach!
Gambrills, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Best fun out of all our many events”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

CPT Rick was fabulous in arranging our outing-he helped us plan the whole day so we didn't miss anything! He let us use his place for Nonie's Ark Animal Encounters(A PLUS! also) www.noniesark.com and then a fabulous airboat ride where we saw a 8 foot alligator swimming in the wild and then the wonderful Bubba Show where we were entranced by Bubba and David who told the best stories of having an alligator live with his family!! Can't thank CPT Rick enuff-all 3 things were the highlight of our trip!! We will be talking about this and showing pictures for years to come!! Thank you for your generosity and patriotism to our military!!!!!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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Freeport, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“BUBBA IS ONE ALLIGATOR YOU’LL NEVER FORGET -- AND YOUR EYES WILL NOT BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE SEEING!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We’ve been to a lot of animal shows -- and I’ve even been kissed by a Black Bear -- but this LIVE ALLIGATOR SHOW is SO EXTRAORDINARY!

David has raised and trained “BUBBA” since he was a 3-day old hatchling. Now Bubba is 18 years old, 7’ 1” long, 185 lbs and he’s the most unbelievable alligator you’ll ever MEET! David is extremely articulate and very knowledgeable about alligators in this educational presentation.

You won’t believe it when David carries Bubba to the demonstration table and gently sets him down. We were in awe -- AGAIN – and this is our fourth time to see Bubba!

As David tells us more about alligators, he constantly touches and caresses Bubba -- like petting your dog -- telling us about how Bubba’s eyes work differently than a human’s eyes. He explains in great detail about Bubba’s teeth and his skin.

David also explains how he has trained Bubba over the past 18 years and then he picks Bubba up and gently places him over his shoulder – like a baby! David explains how Bubba is part of his family – and Bubba’s level in the “pecking order” of the family’s pets – and it ain’t #1! Ask him about the family beagle and the rawhide stories! Just hilarious!

You’ll love David’s funny stories about Bubba and their cat, as well as the one about Bubba and the UPS and Fedex trucks!

Part of David’s presentation is allowing the kids -- and definitely adults too! -- to touch Bubba -- closely supervised, of course! (He is soooo soft and smooth!) After a few minutes of lightly touching Bubba, our 4-year old grandson, Marcus -- got to have his picture taken sitting on Bubba’s back! (Check it out!) My daughter, Dee, even kissed Bubba!

During David’s entire presentation, he repeatedly reminds everyone that Bubba is extremely rare -- and without a doubt -- the most docile alligator we will ever see. And most importantly, that Bubba and ALL alligators should be always be respected as dangerous wild animals.

Unquestionably, there is a rare bond between David and Bubba, which is recognized and enjoyed by everyone who is lucky enough to see Bubba’s show! This show is #1 on our list for our visitors to Panama City Beach!

Coming from Panama City Beach, watch for the bright yellow house on the west (left) side of FL79 just before you get to the bridge. Look for the “AIRBOAT ADVENTURES” and "GATOR COUNTRY” signs. You won’t regret it!

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

One of the most fascinating reptile events I have ever attended. An eye to eye, hands on experience that you most likely will never be afforded again. Bubba is truly one of a kind and his handler(David) ) is fascinating and a world of information. The proprietors are friendly and engaging and this stop is well worth it's money. I have been coming here for years and never visited this hidden gem. We will be back and recommending to all our friends!

Visited June 2013
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New Baltimore, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Took the airboat tour and stayed for the alligator show. Kids 11 and 6 are very into alligators and this was the highlight of the trip. Captain Ed of our airboat was a great tour guide and was friendly. Kids thoroughly enjoyed the alligator show and even learned a few things before climbing on Bubbas back for a photo.

Visited June 2013
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Midlothian, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We had the pleasure of meeting Bubba the alligator and David. This gator show was one of a kind. It is amazing and very informative. You will want to schedule your visit when Bubba is going to be there. David was great with Bubba and kept us engaged during the show even though it was very hot. Everyone at Gator Country were very friendly. We were scheduled for an air boat ride after the show but were only able to get in about 5-10 min. of the ride and the skies opened and poured. They were very generous and gave us a full refund. We will with out a doubt go here again.

Visited June 2013
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