Along with all of the usual Orlando suspects—Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World—there’s another fun and exciting attraction that many visitors may not know about. We’re talking about Gatorland, a one-of-a-kind park that combines the thrill of a theme park with the wonder and whimsy of a zoo.
Gators and More
Despite its name, Gatorland, you won’t just find alligators here. There are all sorts of creatures, from birds and snakes to wild cats and tortoises (and you’ll probably spot some crocodiles, too).
Things to Do
With not one, but two gator ziplines, plus the “rookie wrestling” challenge that allows adventurous types to stand up to the scaly beasts, there won’t be any shortage of excitement. There’s even the new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure, which takes visitors on a 15-minute thrill ride through the swampland on one of three custom-made vehicles. Their names—Bonecrusher, Cannibal Jake, and Swamp Ghost—might be even scarier than the ride itself!
Gatorland also hosts live shows, including the Gator Jumparoo Show, the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, and Up Close Encounters, which brings you face to face with some crazy species from around the globe. Stick around until dusk, and you can enjoy the Gator Night Shine tour, which brings you into the Alligator Breeding Marsh with nothing but flashlights to illuminate your way. All ages are welcome, but it’s not for the faint of heart!
Grab a Bite
When you’ve worked up an appetite, several options are sure to satisfy everyone in your group, from the barbeque favorites at Pearl’s Good Eats to the homemade sweets at the Fudge Kitchen. There’s also a coffee shop and snack bar for on-the-go items.
Gatorland is open rain or shine, from 10am to 5pm daily, including holidays. Admission for the day is $29.99 for adults ages 13 and up, $19.99 for children ages 3-12, $25.99 for seniors (over 55), and always free for children 2 and under. There is ample free parking. Strollers and wheelchairs are available for rental as well. Make sure to pick up a Gatorland souvenir at the gift shop on your way out!