It’s 70 years since Owen Godwin opened his first roadside gator attraction for tourists coming down to Central Florida from the North. The good news is they’re still coming, and more than ever before. The self-proclaimed ‘Alligator Capital of The World’, Gatorland is home to hundreds of Florida’s original residents (the long scaly kind!). Although some of the tourist kitch remains, the family-owned park has gotten very serious about conservation of these remarkable animals and their crocodile cousins. Breeding programs are used with great success to ensure the reproduction of not only Florida’s alligators but also endangered species like the ferocious Cuban Crocodile. The focal point of the park is the Breeding Marsh, a natural Cypress swamp, where the main population of swamp dragons resides. A scenic wooden boardwalk gets you within snapping distance of these scaly sunbathers. Be sure to climb the observation tower for an excellent view of the park and surrounding area.
Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure
On the all-new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure Gatorland guests can now board one of three, 12-foot-high custom-made, off-road monster vehicles for a 15-minute rugged and hilarious adventure like no other theme park ride anywhere. This exciting ride is chocked full of wacky new Gatorland characters, singing tour guides, swampy adventure, and, of course, lots of alligators. Each vehicle is specially branded and named after iconic real alligators and crocodiles at Gatorland, including Bonecrusher, Cannibal Jake, and Swamp Ghost.
Screamin’ Gator Zipline
Clip in and zip off on an exciting outdoor adventure on the thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland. Your journey will take you along 1,200 feet of high flying, heart pounding adventure from some of the finest zip line towers in the world. Standing over seven stories tall, these amazing towers feature multilevel launch pads and breathtaking views from high above the treetops. Soar through the air over some of the park’s star attractions, including Cuban and Nile Crocodiles, before flying over the Alligator Breeding Marsh complete with 130 giant alligators below!
Venture into the Alligator Breeding Marsh for this behind-the-scenes tour you’ll never forget.This area is closed to the public except for those who take part in this daring trip into the swamp! Home to hundreds of alligators, you’ll have the opportunity to safely venture within a few feet of hungry, giant alligators and create a thrilling feeding frenzy. Then pose for the cameras in front of your dinner companions, and be glad you weren’t dinner.
Gator Night Shine
Your Gator Night Shine adventure takes you deep into the domain of Florida’s most famous reptile, the alligator! Armed with only a flashlight and a few hot dogs, you bravely make your way along the winding wooden walkways of Gatorland’s Alligator Breeding Marsh. The sounds of the night come alive around you as the rustle of feathers overhead and the splashing of water nearby signal that you are not alone Turning your flashlight towards the water, you suddenly become aware of hundreds of hungry, glowing, red eyes slowly making their way closer… it’s now your turn to experience the “Real Florida.”
Trainer For A Day
The day begins meeting some of the smallest members of our Gatorland family. Have you ever held a baby alligator? Well here’s your chance. How about a backstage tour that gets you up close and personal with some of our largest alligators and crocodiles? You’ll get to do that too! Next is a hands-on meeting with some of our reptiles and creepy crawlers from our Up-close Encounters Show.
Think you’re done? You’re not, because our grand finale is working with our Gatorland trainer in the Gator Wrestling Arena, and those animals are wild! Don’t worry your trainer will keep you safe but you’ll get to learn about and experience these big boys and have some fun doing it. Be prepared for the unexpected with this exclusive Gatorland Trainer-for-a-Day package!
Shows & Encounters
Gatorland offers a unique, Florida cracker-style alligator wrestling show in a shaded 800-seat stadium. The Gator Wrestlin’ makes you realize just what some people will do for money. Gator wranglers catch a 6 to 8-foot alligator by hand, climb onto its back and point out interesting survival features. 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! Guests can have their photo taken with one of the participants. Guess which one!
By far the most unique show is the Jumparoo. Hungry gators leap for chicken appetizers encouraged by the cheers of a fascinated audience. Note that the feeder is chained to his podium to avoid becoming dessert! Don’t miss the very unusual White Gator Exhibit – they are NOT albino they are leucistic (go look it up!) – and Panther Spring where you can get up close with Neiko and Lucy, two stunning examples of this beautiful and endangered species.
Make sure you see Upclose Animal Encounters Show, featuring snakes, spiders and lots of toothy grins (that’s just the handlers)! Befriend fascinating creatures from around the globe, including some of the most dangerous snakes alive!
- Breeding Marsh – it’s very pretty in a ferocious kind of way!
- White Gators – freaky and fascinating!
- Up close Animal Encounters Show – as close as you want to get!
- Jumparoo Show – you can’t escape without seeing this!
- Gator Wrestling – getting to grips with some of the locals.
- Stompin Gator Off Road – rocking and a rolling!
- Screaming Gator Zipline – you have to do it!
- If you’re a keen birdwatcher, March through August a large nesting colony of egrets and herons are in residence as the gators protect the nests from raiding raccoons. You can get some great photos.
- Take 30 minutes and let your kids cool off over at Gator Gully, a gator free water playground.