Where: 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail | 407-855-5496
When: Daily from 10 am – 5 pm
Cost: $24.99 for adults and $16.99 for children over 3 (find a coupon for $2.50 off the admission price on their website)
Grunt Pass $31.99 adults, $24.99 children (includes admission, gator wrestling photo opportunity (photo extra), unlimited train rides and gator food (hot dogs)
On a recent visit to Orlando, we decided to do the ‘Everything BUT Disney tour’ and take in a little of the real Florida. What could be more Florida than alligators and swamps, so our first stop was Gatorland. According to our train guide Donny, the “alligator Capital of the World” was built in 1949, and went through several names before settling in on Gatorland. Donny also told us baby alligators were sold as a souvenir for $1 when the park first opened. Of course my boys wanted one.
We went to the park on a chilly, drizzly January afternoon. Not the best weather for alligators, who are cold-blooded and try to conserve energy in chilly weather by not moving a lot. Gatorland is probably the only attraction where you want to visit later in the day, when it’s hot outside, as the gators tend to be more active in the later part of the day when things have had a chance to warm up. This also makes summer the ideal time to visit Gatorland, although winter has it’s advantages too. Here’s what you can expect.