We were provided complimentary tickets by KGS Tickets in exchange for this post about trip to Gatorland. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
The day was hot as we pulled into the parking lot of Gatorland. Funny thing — we were so excited about visiting this attraction, we got there a whole hour early. So — to pass the time away, we took tons of photos of the kids clowning around.
So — what exactly is Gatorland?
Gatorland provides affordable family fun while showcasing thousands of alligators and crocodiles including four extremely rare leucistic “white” alligators. The free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one of a kind animal shows, natural alligator breeding marsh, and the “thrilling” Screamin' Gator Zip Line will ensure your day will be filled with Fun, Smiles and Special Memories!
We really enjoyed visiting and seeing all the different animals there. I always thought that it was just gators, but I soon found it was much more than that.
We were given a list of all the shows, and made sure that we had plenty of time to check them all out — because they looked like a lot of fun. Not only did we get to see some pretty cool exhibits, we learned a lot about crocs and gators that day.
For example —
Do you know how to tell the difference between a croc and a gator? Crocs have the longer “V” shaped snout, while a Gator has a more stubby “U” shaped snout.
We also learned that many of the animals at Gatorland are exotic animals that people can no longer take care of. They drop them off in droves without saying anything, so then the folks at Gatorland are left to care for them.
They have birds, turtles, snakes, spiders, and other creepy crawlies that I will NEVER touch in my life 🙂 But learning about them was cool.
At Gatorland, they have several shows you will not want to miss. One of our favorites was feeding time and jumping time
The shows are funny, full of excitement, and fun, fun, fun! I think I screamed about 4 times after seeing this big guy jump out of the water after his chicken.
Another show that we got to view was the one that involved the other critters at Gatorland, other than the crocs and gators. It was funny, because my daughter and I both were excited about this until they brought out the critters — the first being a HUGE tarantula, and if any of you know my daughter, she is deathly afraid of spiders.
This lady though, she was brave. I don't think I could do this.
The show was funny, informative, and exciting — all of what makes a show great. Then — they pulled out my most hated and feared animal. Yep — you guessed it — the snake. Really, I am afraid of any snake, so when I saw this big guy — I was ready to climb the tallest tree to get away.
My daughter of course, is fearless when it comes to snakes, and nothing do her, but get her picture taken with the snake. It was only $5.00 and that money is used to feed all the exotic animals that are dropped off, so I agreed to let her do it. Better her than me.
She has guts people.
Before the next show started, we decided to go take a look at the very exotic and rare WHITE alligators. These are not albino gators. They have blue eyes and a weird skin pigmentation problem. They are absolutely gorgeous. In fact, all the gators were 14 feet in length and weighed in at a whopping 1,000 pounds. Seriously — these gators need to be seen in person in order to understand how gorgeous they are.
Our final show of the day was Gator Wrasslin! I think for me, this was the coolest show of the day. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the wrangler put the gator to sleep.
And the kids had a blast getting their picture taken with a live gator, as if they wrassled it themselves.
Out of all the places we visited, this one was my second favorite. Our family had a ton of fun and can't wait to go back some day.
The cost to visit Gatorland is $24.99 per person for adults, but if you buy your tickets through KGS Tickets, you can get them for $22.00 each.
KGS Tickets offers discount tickets to all the best Orlando and Kissimmee attractions in Florida. If I ever need tickets again, they will definitely be who I call.
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What about you? Have you ever been to Gatorland?