I love Florida. Florida is a great family vacation destination for many reasons not only because the weather is often warm, but because there are so many fantastic places to visit throughout the state. My family of five has hit many vacation destinations while on vacation in Florida, but we found a unique place to visit that our boys just loved. It was an alligator zoo called Gatorland. We visited Gatorland Wildlife Park in Orlando, Florida for some family fun viewing lots of gators. My boys loved seeing all the gators, the other animals, and the shows at Gatorland.
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So Many Gators and Crocodiles!
My boys love gators and they had so much fun seeing so many alligators and crocodiles in one location. If your kids like to see gators, your family would love a visit to Gatorland. At this gator focused zoo, there are many opportunities for people to see gators up close in a safe way. Gatorland states they have thousands of alligators and crocdiles on site.
We arrived in Florida the last day of April, and it was ninety degrees so it felt very hot. Our vacation schedule for our first day in Florida was to explore Gatorland. We were so happy we visited because we saw so many gators in just one day. We gazed upon many pools filled with gators, plus gators lounging on platforms and docks. Gators were gathered together in groups half submerged in the water. We even saw albino gators. This was an educational and fun visit that I recommend to other families.
We also saw other animals at Gatorland including some small mammals, lizards, flamingoes, peacocks, and several types of other birds including cockatoos and macaws. It was amazing to see so many gators up close. There are many wooden pathways to walk in between the gator pools. As visitors walk further into Gatorland, there is a path to walk along to see more gators and other animals in exhibits.
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Gatorland Show Feeding the Gators
In the first show, we watched the staff feeding the gators in the Gator Jumparoo Show. The gators were in a large pool where meat was hung from a wire above to illustrate how the gators could jump up four to five feet and snap the food out of the air. Trainers also handed alligators meat. I felt this show was awesome to watch and educational for the kids. Kids learned how gators move and how they need to stay away from gators to remain safe. The show was truly amazing!
Alligator Wrangler Gatorland Show
In the second show we enjoyed at Gatorland, called the Gator Wrestlin’ Show, an animal trainer became an alligator wrangler right in front of our eyes. The alligator wrangler accomplished an amazing feat which was awesome to watch.
He stood in front of the audience on a raised sand platform surrounded by a water pit filled with about four gators. He managed to pull one gator out by the tail and drag him up to the sand platform. The alligator wrangler was amazing to watch because he was not harmed by the alligator as he sat on the alligators back, pried open his mouth and placed his own chin on the front tip of the alligator’s jaw. He chin was mere inches from the gator’s razor sharp teeth. The wrangler amazed us again when he put his hands behind his back while his chin was resting on the jaw of the alligator. My boys were speechless as they watched this awesome wrangler; it was truly an unique experience.
The wrangler also taught the audience about survival features.
If your family is heading to Orlando, check out Gatorland, you won’t be disappointed! I recommend visiting this gator zoo if you have an extra day to fill while vacationing in Florida. Kids will learn about gators with a visit to this fun and educational attraction. We also visited the petting zoo, aviary, and saw pythons during our visit. Gatorland also offers a cool zip line, however we did not participate in the zip line. For more information please visit the Gatorland Wildlife Park website.
I highly recommend Gatorland as a fun and educational family attraction. All views expressed in this post are 100% my own based on our visit.
Gatorland is a place I have heard of but never seen. This was a fun read. We have some times before our Red Coach bus comes and we were hoping to find something like this that would be worth it.
Julie Hoag says
I hope you enjoyed it! My family really had a good time there! All those gators all together, what a sight!