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.
This villa is located in Kissimmee (Historic Downtown Kissimmee), close to Gatorland®, Silver Spurs Arena, and Houston Astros Spring Training. Local attractions also include Hunters Creek Golf Club and Osceola County Stadium.
Located in Historic Downtown Kissimmee, this vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Gatorland® and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Silver Spurs Arena. Houston Astros Spring Training and Osceola County Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Buena Ventura Lakes, this vacation home is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Gatorland® and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hunters Creek Golf Club and Houston Astros Spring Training. Osceola County Stadium and Silver Spurs Arena are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This property is located in Orlando (Meadow Woods), close to Gatorland®. Area attractions also include Florida Mall and Discovery Cove.
This hostel is located in Orlando (Hunters Creek), close to Gatorland®. Area attractions also include SeaWorld® Orlando and Discovery Cove.
Located in Meadow Woods, this villa is within 6 mi (10 km) of Gatorland®, Hunters Creek Golf Club, and Osceola County Stadium. Silver Spurs Arena and Orlando Kart Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This villa is located in Kissimmee (Buena Ventura Lakes), close to Gatorland®, Kissimmee Bay Country Club, and Osceola Performing Arts Center. Local attractions also include Houston Astros Spring Training.