Visitors to Gatorland, the “Alligator Capital of the World,” can see the park in a whole new way with Gator Night Shine any time of year, but it’s especially popular at Halloween time. Visitors follow a guide for a private small group tour, starting at dusk, following a guide deep into the alligator breeding marsh to see the glowing red eyes of hundreds of alligators, follow their splashes, and hear their bellows. Each guest receives a flashlight and hot dogs to feed the alligators.
Visitors signing up for the 1 1/2 hour tour have the unique opportunity to see and hear Gatorland come alive after dark, with hundreds of wild birds and alligators all around them. They even have an up close encounter with their guide to see other exotic animals such as boa constrictors, baby alligators, tarantulas and much more.
Gator Night Shine tickets are $24.99 per person, plus tax. Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance by calling (407) 855-5496, ext. 246 or emailing AdvenureTours@gatorland.com.
And don’t forget Gatorland’s Gators, Ghosts and Goblins, Spooky Fun For Everyone day time event still happening Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Come out in costume to this family-friendly Halloween event featuring Gatorland’s famous Social Distancing Skunk Ape, costumed character meet and greets, multiple photo opportunities, a trick or treat trail from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a Halloween themed train ride! Enjoy music and fun at Frank and Stein’s Octoberfest, as well as German beer and food for purchase!
And there’s even more, including a variety of specialty vendors, and additional animal encounters. All this fun and excitement is included with regular park admission, and right now Florida residents save half off single day admissions! Children and adults can wear family-friendly costumes if they like. Nothing scary or gory, please – Bubba and Cooter are easily spooked.
Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park combining Old Florida charm with exciting experiences, exhibits, and entertainment. Chosen Best Non-Theme Park Attraction by the readers of Orlando Magazine in the Best of ORL 2020 Reader Poll. Also chosen Best Place To Show People The Real Orlando, Best Attraction That’s Not a Theme Park, Best Zip Line or Ropes Course for the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and Best Local Big Shot Who’s Not an Elected Official for Gatorland’s Savannah Boan by the readers of Orlando Weekly in the Best of Orlando® 2020 Readers Poll. Orlando Weekly staff named Gatorland Best New-Theme Park Attraction for the Social Distancing Skunk Ape, as well.
Originally opened as a roadside attraction in 1949, the park recently celebrated its 70th Anniversary. Today, it provides affordably-priced family fun featuring thousands of alligators and crocodiles, breeding marsh with observation tower, free-flight aviary, nature walk, petting zoo, educational wildlife programs, award-winning gift shop, Florida’s best train ride, Gator Gully Splash Park, on-site restaurant and one-of-a-kind shows including Legends of the Swamp, and Up-close Encounters. Popular adventure experiences inside the park include the Screamin’ Gator Zipline and Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure.
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For more Gatorland information, visit online at www.gatorland.com, or call 800-393-JAWS.