Gatorland in Orlando Florida Park Info & Attractions
The whole family can enjoy the natural Florida experience at Gatorland, the Alligator Capital of the World. Whether you are watching the four amazing shows, getting up close and personal with our residents in the Barnyard petting zoo, feeding a lorikeet in the Very Merry Aviary, cooling off at Lilly's Pad mini water park or viewing the Alligator breeding marsh and wild bird sanctuary on the self-guided Swamp Walk, you are certain to fill a half day with lots of fascinating animal experiences that this low tech attraction offers. Listen for the call of *All Aboard* of the Gatorland train ride.
You can feed the Gators at Gatorland anywhere in the park, but probably the most exciting place is the Observation Tower in the Breeding Marsh. Dozens of Alligators may be swarming at any time, waiting for you to throw them a piece of hot dog.
If you are wondering why we use hot dogs, these are actually a low fat, high protein turkey or chicken based product that is good for the Gators.
Many of the younger Alligators were captive born or harvested from the wild as eggs through the State of Florida egg harvesting program. the larger Alligators were either captive born at Gatorland or collected from the wild in local areas decades ago. Occasionally nuisance Gators are trapped and brought into Gatorland Orlando Florida.
Alligator Island, located in the northern section of Gatorland's "Gator Lake", is home to the largest reptiles in the park. Hundreds of Alligators inhabit "Gator Lake", and Alligator Island is the best place to see Gatorland's largest Alligators and Crocodiles up close and personal as they soak up the Florida sun. You might even get a chance to see Alf, a gigantic American Crocodile over 15 feet in length. Weighing over 1,000 pounds, Alf is Gatorland's largest reptile, and a favorite amongst Gatorland's visitors and staff.
|Gator Jumparoo Show
The Gator Jumparoo Show: Thrills and chills abound as some of the largest Alligators in the world actually jump four to five feet out of the water to retrieve food in this famous one-of-a-kind show. Learn more about Alligators and Crocodiles and their awesome powers. Watch as giant Alligators jump high enough out of the water to actually snatch food from the trainer's hand. A must see for the entire family!
Gatorland offers a unique alligator wrestling show done "Florida Cracker" style in a shaded 800 seat stadium. Gator wranglers catch a 6 to 8 foot Alligator by hand and climb onto the snapping animal's back to point out survival features to the audience. After doing stunts that only a few are brave (or foolish) enough to try, the Alligator is rolled over and put to sleep...only to be awakened by a tickle!
|Upclose Encounter Show
You never know what kind of animal you might be introduced to next at the Upclose Encounters Show! You'll get to meet fascinating creatures from around the globe as well as Florida's native wildlife - including some of the most dangerous snakes alive.
|Critters On The Go
The newest entertainment experience at Gatorland features the softer side of the animal world and is hosted by either Miss Vera, trail boss Gabe or one of the Gatorland Entertainers. Check out these interactive animal encounters where you and the little ones can oohh and aahh at some of the park’s cute and cuddly critters! Currently these encounters are done on the move so keep your eyes peeled for Vera, Gabe, and the gang, as you stroll through the park.
Gatorland’s “Dawn to Dusk” extended hours program is now underway with the Rookery open every Wednesday - Sunday 7:30am to dusk now through July 31, 2010. Mondays and Tuesdays the Rookery will only be available during normal park hours (9-5). If arriving for early entry please park at the far south parking lot (look for the cream colored tent top) as we will be entering through that area. Please remember to be punctual, as we cannot keep the gate open past 7:45am. If arriving for dusk access, please plan on being at the park no later than 30 minutes before closing time (currently 5:00pm).