Gatorland is a must-see attraction; no doubt about it! Our family has visited many times over the years and love it! What makes Gatorland unique, of course, are the residents! I'm not talking just gators, although, there are plenty of them, but the beautiful Florida waterfowl that call Gatorland home.
The boardwalk, which hugs the edge of the breeding marsh, is the perfect place for gator and bird watching. Now, I'm not normally a bird watcher, but you can't help be in awe of these beautiful birds! A perfect place to stop and take in a "bird's-eye-view" of the area is the Observation Tower located on the boardwalk.
For the ultimate view, if you keep your eyes open, is from the thrilling Screamin' Gator Zip Line! This was my first zip line experience and except for that "first step" off the 70 ft. platform, it wasn't so bad! Actually, it is rated one of the top 10 zip lines in Florida! I would definitely do it again, in fact, already have!
A trip to Gatorland is not complete until you see the Gator Jumparoo Show and the Gator Wrestlin' Show! Two classics that never get old!
The gators are mesmerizing to watch, especially the big ones! Sometimes they look like they have this smirk on their face/snout, other times a toothy grin and other times a "I think I'm full look"! I don't know which look is the "I'm extremely hungry so you'd better get out of my way look" so it is best to keep a safe distance. That is, of course, if you are brave enough to experience the Adventure Hour Tour. On this adventure, you get to go behind-the-scenes to feed the gators in the breeding marsh and also have your picture taken with them stalking you from behind! There is always a gator wrangler with you, so no worries!
Funny story: when the kids were 10 - 15 years old, we headed over to Gatorland for a field trip. After we received our tickets and park information we stepped aside to make our plan. With our admission tickets, were 20 smaller tickets that said hot dogs. I got to thinking about them and I guess I had a puzzled look on my face because one of the kids asked what was wrong. I say, with all my mommy smarts working overtime, "this is nice for them to give us hot dogs, but I don't think we can eat 20"! There was a collective groan from the peanut gallery with one of them being so bold as to reply, "um, I think those are for the gators!" Ok, then, moving along! So, don't forget to buy some hot dogs to feed the gators - it's fun! Oh, and if you get hungry, stop by the snack bar, not the gator food hut!
The Adventure Hour experience takes you on a behind - the -scenes tour of the alligator breeding marsh to get up-close to some of the biggest alligators around. Part of the experience is the opportunity to feed these creatures! As you can see by the photo evidence, our daughter offered up her husband to go first!
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