14501 S Orange Blossom Trl
Orlando, FL 32837+6699
If you come to Florida hoping to see gators, this park will not disappoint. It offers in-habitat alligator viewing, educational shows, alligator petting, and even an opportunity to straddle a real gator (say cheese!). The Gator Wrestling Show is amazing -- you'll feel a rush as the trainer jumps into the moat to grab a 6- to 8-foot gator by the tail and wrestles him to shore (complete with thrashing and tail whipping). But the coolest thing at Gatorland is the 90-minute night-time tour (reservations required) -- travel to the breeding marsh by flashlight and see hundreds of eerie gator eyes glowing back red.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Allie's Barnyard is a great place for little ones to get up close to other animals such as goats, sheep, and a mini cow.
School-Age Kids: Get a picture of your kid "wrestling" a gator at the Rookie Wrestling after the Wrestling Show. Your children will sit on the animal's back (the alligator is secured) and take a photo with the reptile to show their buddies back home. Pictures are available for purchase at Gator Photo ($10).
- Plan on extras. Some of the activities, like the train ride through Gatorland, cost extra on top of the admission price.
- Heat alert. It can get very hot at this park, and there are not many indoor air-conditioned spots to escape the heat, so bring water and avoid coming during the high heat of midday.
- Get a break. Tickets can be purchased in advance at their website at a discount.
- Towel and bathing suit. Gator Gully Splash Park is a water park included in the admission price. Kids have a ball atop the dueling gators having dueling water gun competitions.
Just the Facts
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; later closing times during summer months. Ask for special nighttime tour hours.
Fees: $10 - $20
Recommended Time: Full day