If you have read some of my other blogs or follow us on Instagram, you might have figured out that I am alligator obsessed. Because of my obsession, recently my fiancé surprised me with a trip to Gatorland in Orlando and we had an absolute blast! I highly recommend going if you are ever in Orlando on vacation, or are like us and live within an hour or two. It is really a great place to spend the day or a few hours.
One tip I really recommend is to bring cash in small increments like 1s 5s and 10s. We bought the Grunt Package that included unlimited train rides, free package of gator chow, and the Alligator meet-n-greet. You can purchase these things while inside the park which is why I really recommend bringing cash in case you change your mind. The train rides are unlimited for the day for only $2 if you don’t get the Grunt Package, the Gator chow I believe was $3, and you can pay $10 in cash at the meet-n-greet if you change your mind and want to do it. Just a heads up, the $10 at the meet-n-greet only covers that. If you want the actual hard copy of the photo that is an additional cost and you can pick them up at a few different kiosks. Also, Florida residents, don’t forget to ask about your discount.
When you first walk in there are some small “pens” with younger alligators that I believe were in between 3 and 5 years old. You can buy some small fish there (this is NOT included in any package) for a few dollars with this neat pole set-up where you clip the fish in yourself. It is definitely worth the few dollars to do it, just watch out for the birds! They can and will steal your fish as I discovered myself even after the warning. No worries either about having dirty hands, there is a wash station right there so you don’t have to walk anywhere with fishy smelling hands.
There is an alligator “show” at the meet-n-greet with an alligator wrangler which was very entertaining and also informative. Before and after the show is when you can have your photo taken with an alligator. I, of course, had to do this. The alligator’s name was ‘Strawberry’ and she didn’t act at all like she was bothered by anything. They also have a “Gator Jumparoo” show that we did not see.
Besides all of the alligators and crocodiles, Gatorland also has other animals like flamingos, capybara, deer, and they even have a petting zoo with all the goats you could ever imagine! There are little machines for food for the flamingos and goats so make sure you pack plenty of quarters as well.
Besides not getting around to see the Gator Jumparoo show, there is an aviary, zip line, monster truck swamp tour, child’s splash park and observation tower that we didn’t get to. If you want to get around and see everything in a day my advice is to start early, wear sunscreen, and drink plenty of water.