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Gatorland®

This tribute to the oldest animal species on the planet is revered as a world-class exhibit to these still-surviving dinosaurs.

Gatorland®, or “Alligator Capital of the World” as its entrance sign announces, is a 110-acre (45-hectare) park and nature reserve dedicated to the sharp-toothed creatures native to the marshlands of South Florida. Here you can step into a ‘gator wrestling arena and learn to actually train one of these reptiles. Hold a baby alligator and see the rare white version of the species. If you dare, venture into the swamp and get just a few feet away from them in their natural environment in Adventure Hour. 

A short drive east of Walt Disney World® Resort, Gatorland® is within easy walking distance of the residential Kissimmee area. It opened in 1949 as Florida Wildlife Institute, a roadside attraction set up by Owen Godwin, with just a few snakes and alligators. It was renamed Gatorland® in 1954, and today attracts visitors from around the world.

This wildlife sanctuary is home to thousands of alligators as well as snakes, crocodiles, deer and giant tortoises. Birdwatchers will love the photo opportunities here, too. Follow the raised wooden platform weaving through the swampy landscape and you may spot any number of feathered creatures, including egrets, flamingos, hawks and spoonbills. 

At Allie’s Barnyard Petting Zoo, children can meet and feed baby animals. Other attractions for kids include a playground and the Gator Gully Splash Park. 

Gator Jumparoo is one of the most popular shows, offering great views of alligators in action. Be quick with your camera to catch these beasts launching themselves up to five feet out of the water as they go after the raw meat that a trainer dangles above them. You can also dangle above the reptiles on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line: strap into a harness and fly for 1,200 feet (366 meters) across attractions, including the Alligator Breeding Marsh, during this special two-hour experience.

Gatorland® is a popular family attraction but can be less crowded than most of Florida’s theme parks. You’ll need a whole day to see all the park has to offer, but try to come early in the day to ensure you catch the shows and feeding times. 


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Lodging Near Gatorland®

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Luxurious 6 bedroom for 15 guest in Solterra Resort by RedAwning

Luxurious 6 bedroom for 15 guest in Solterra Resort by RedAwning

2960 Oak Run Blvd, Kissimmee
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Downtown Kissimmee, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Gatorland®, Osceola Performing Arts Center, and Silver Spurs Arena. Osceola County Stadium and Osceola Heritage Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Vacation Near Universal Studios ID229CD by RedAwning

Vacation Near Universal Studios ID229CD by RedAwning

229 Competition Dr, Kissimmee
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Buena Ventura Lakes, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Gatorland® and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Osceola Performing Arts Center. Hunters Creek Golf Club and Osceola County Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Great Home 12mi From Disney With Pool

Great Home 12mi From Disney With Pool

13334 Greenpointe Drive, Orlando
3.7
of 5, from 6 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Meadow Woods, this vacation home is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Gatorland® and within 9 mi (15 km) of Discovery Cove and Florida Mall. Aquatica and Orlando Kart Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

B Hostels House Orlando

B Hostels House Orlando

13519 Buckhorn Run Ct, Orlando
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Hunters Creek, this hostel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Gatorland® and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kissimmee Civic Center and Kissimmee Lakefront Park. SeaWorld® Orlando and Discovery Cove are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Disney Area, Shops & Dining. Contemporary, Sleeps 6, Private Pool

Disney Area, Shops & Dining. Contemporary, Sleeps 6, Private Pool

1581 Avleigh Cir, Orlando
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Meadow Woods, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Gatorland®, Osceola Performing Arts Center, and Hunters Creek Golf Club. Osceola County Stadium and Silver Spurs Arena are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Sue's Spring Lakes Villa 3 Bedroom IPG Florida

Sue's Spring Lakes Villa 3 Bedroom IPG Florida

1627 Elmstead court, Orlando
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Meadow Woods, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Gatorland®, Osceola Performing Arts Center, and Hunters Creek Golf Club. Osceola County Stadium and Silver Spurs Arena are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Great Vacation Home Near Disney, Private Pool, Flat Screen TV and Free Wi-fi

Great Vacation Home Near Disney, Private Pool, Flat Screen TV and Free Wi-fi

235 Hidden Springs Circle, Kissimmee
4.6
of 5, from 11 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Buena Ventura Lakes, this property is within 6 mi (10 km) of Gatorland®, Osceola Performing Arts Center, and Osceola County Stadium. Silver Spurs Arena and Kissimmee Bay Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Excellent Home, With 6 Tvs, Playstation 3, Wifi, Private Pool and More!

Excellent Home, With 6 Tvs, Playstation 3, Wifi, Private Pool and More!

2609 Sand Arbor Circle, Orlando
4.2
of 5, from 44 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Meadow Woods, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gatorland®, Florida Mall, and Orlando Kart Center. Nemours Children's Hospital and Osceola County Stadium are also within 9 mi (15 km).