Gatorland, believe it or not, is about way more than just flesh-eating reptiles. At 110 acres, the park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts hoping to catch a glimpse of wild Florida without having to don a thick layer of Off and hesitantly forage out into unknown territory like Paris Hilton on “The Simple Life”. Gatorland highlights the beauty of the swamp, showing visitors from around the world that Florida is not just for bugs and retirees, but is actually an ecologically-diverse paradise of flora, fauna and fun. Here’s the lowdown on the park’s low-down swamp life attractions and shows:
Gator Jumparoo Show: This is the show that put Gatorland on the map. Watch as dozens of gators compete for the prime cuts in a feeding frenzy.
Gator Wrestlin’ Show: Man vs. Gator, “Crocodile Dundee” style. Watch as a brave handler wrestles a 6-8 foot alligator!
Up-Close Encounters: What lies inside the box? Snakes, insects, exotic birds and animals from around the world are brought in for this comical show.
Adventure Hour: (Advanced reservations required—separate pricing may apply) Take part in a daring trip into the heart of the Breeding Marsh for a behind-the-scenes tour of Gatorland!
Gator Chow/Gator & Snake Photo: Stop by the bait shack on the main walkway and bring your peace offerings to the hungry reptiles…then head to the Gator Photo area to capture the experience.
Allie’s Barnyard Petting Zoo: Where your kids meet Gatorland’s kids! This area features over-the-fence petting and feeding experiences with the park’s other lovable critters.
Gatorland is truly a Florida mainstay, and for over half a century, tourists have gone home with photographs of themselves standing in the world-famous gator jaws that stand at the entrance to the park. The park prides itself on being low-tech, low-maintenance, and on providing millions of visitors with an authentic Florida experience. Gatorland is one of Central Florida’s oldest attractions (founded in 1949), and is still privately-owned by the family of the original founder. Visitors will enjoy the old-world feel and perhaps walk away less intimidated by the beautiful reptiles that inhabit the swamps of this beautiful state.