Opened as a roadside attraction in 1949, Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining “Old Florida” charm with exciting, new exhibits and entertainment. Today, it provides affordable-priced family fun with thousands of alligators, crocodiles, aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs, gift shop, Florida’s best train-ride, restaurant, new Gator Gully Splash Park and much more. One-of-A-Kind reptilian shows include: The Gator Wrestlin’ Show, Gator Jumparoo and the Up-close Encounters Show.
Screamin’ Gator Zip Line
This fun adventure takes you high above the theme park where you can “zip” from tower to tower on sturdy steel cables. But what makes this adventure so unique is that you pass over these alligator infested waters! When you start this fun adventure you will be greeted by some of Gatorland’s professional jump guides. They will seat you in a square room where you will be instructed by a comical movie that explains the ten steps to keeping you safe while on the tower. After that these experts strap you into your zipline gear and harness, topped off with a red helmet. Then you are led across the theme park to the first tower for the “Gator Grunt Run,” the first of five separate jumps that you will enjoy on this course.
Gator Guantlet Accessible Zip Line by Gatorland
Now guests with mobility challenges get to enjoy zip lining too, only at Gatorland! Soar 350 feet through the air and defy gravity while gliding over the Alligator Breeding Marsh, complete with one hundred and thirty giant alligators watching from below! “That’s one wild ride!”
Home to the largest gator in all of Gatorland, the monstrous 15-foot American Crocodile lovingly called “Alf”. Alligator Island is where you’ll see the big boys. It is also an alligator nesting ground and a home to thousands of Mexican Free-Tail bats
Gatorland Express Railroad
This ride has been entertaining Gatorland’s guests since 1965. The Gatorland Express Railroad gives guest an expansive view of the entire park. Come and take a ride on the Gatorland train!
Gatorland Mouth Entrance and Shop
The creator of the world famous entrance to Gatorland is Frank Godwin, son of the founder of Gatorland, Owen Godwin. This iconic entrance leads in the critically acclaimed Gatorland gift shop where you’ll find all sorts of Gatorland memorabilia.
This unique feat of bravery is a can’t miss when visiting Gatorland. Courageous (or crazy, depending on your own view) Gator wranglers will catch a gator and perform stunts for the audience in the classic “Florida Cracker” style. The wrangler will catch a gator with his bare hands, get on the dangerous animal’s back, and then proceed to show the audience the gator’s survival features. Oh, and the gator wrangler doesn’t do all this with a baby gator, these are 6 to 8 foot alligators we’re talking about here. Needless to say, you gotta see it to believe it.
Watch some of the world’s largest alligators jump 4 to 5 feet out of the water to snatch food. Learn about alligators and crocodiles and their awesome strength. Place this show on your family’s to-do list in Orlando.
You’ll get to see strange and intriguing creatures from all over the face of the earth, along with animals native to Florida, at the Upclose Animal Encounters show. You’ll also see some of the most poisonous and dangerous snakes in existence.
Inside a caged in pond, concealed underneath the dark waters, await four rare and exotic crocodiles. These dangerous and fierce creatures can be silently motionless one moment, and then explode with incredible speed and strength in the next half-second. The question that remains is this: are you brave enough to enter the land of Jungle Crocs?
This area is closed to the public except for those who take part in this daring trip into the swamp. Venture into the Alligator Breeding Marsh for this behind-the-scenes tour you’ll never forget. 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
This exciting, 1-hour “Night Shine” tour begins at dusk, with a meet and greet with the guide and the rest of the group at the far south end of Gatorland’s parking lot. As an after-hours special, this event is restricted to Gatorland’s breeding marsh. Just bring a sense of adventure. Flashlights, insect repellent and alligator food will be provided for all guests. Experience the sights and sounds of alligators lurking in the water just a few feet away on a unique and exciting 1-hour night tour at Orlando’s Gatorland, the alligator capital of the world. Armed with just a flashlight and a few hot dogs, walk along the winding wooden walkways of Gatorland’s alligator breeding marsh. Hear the sounds of the night all around-the rustling of feathers overhead, the splashing of water below. Turn a flashlight toward the water to see hundreds of hungry, glowing red eyes slowly moving closer. It’s feeding time.
2016 Photographers Pass
From February 4th through June 12th, photographers and birding enthusiasts can enter the park at 7:30 am Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and stay until dusk on every Saturday. The famous Gatorland Bird Rookery was created in 1991 as an alligator breeding marsh. This unique habitat has grown into one of the largest and most accessible wading bird rookeries in Florida. Today, this area provides protected nesting, foraging, and roosting area to over 20 different species of birds, many of which are listed as Endangered or Species of Special Concern. Gatorland’s boardwalks provide birders and photographers with close access to these incredible birds, allowing people to safely observe them and capture stunning photographs.
Tired of riding the high-tech entertainment rides of area theme parks? Try this one on for size… Step onto the sand at the world famous Gator Wrestlin’ Arena and feel the power of one of the most feared creatures in the world. Eight to nine feet in length, 82 razor sharp teeth, and that is just one of the twelve alligators swimming around you! Don’t try this at home folks, it takes a trained professional to pose these ornery critters!
Trainer for a Day
An experience you will not forget! The Trainer for a Day program will give you a glimpse into what it takes to be able to work with, and around dangerous animals. 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 Upclose 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. So be prepared for the unexpected with this exclusive Gatorland Trainer for a Day package!
Place To Eat
Fried Gator Nuggets, Oh Yea! Built in 1991, Pearl´s Smokehouse is a real treasure amongst theme park diners. Named after the founders wife, Pearl Godwin, the eatery is located near the World Famous Gator Wrestlin’ Arena and is open daily for lunch and dinner.
The menu is packed full of family favorites including hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled pork sandwiches, ice cream and much more. The true guest favorite is definitely the fried gator nuggets – no, we don’t use our own gators! Guests have been known to drive for miles for some of Pearl´s famous gator bites; oh how they love´em!
Everything is priced affordably so not to break the bank while you’re here. Where else can you munch on fried gator meat, while surrounded by hundreds of man-eating reptiles?
Picnic table style seating is available in a screened enclosure located next to Pearl’s.
For the well-being of the resides (animals & reptiles) outside food and beverages may not be brought into the park.
Homemade fudge from only the best and freshest ingredients!
Derek Keleghan, all the way from Ireland, operates Gator Jake’s Fudge Kitchen at Gatorland. Derek has been making handmade fudge and candies for over twenty years. He came to Gatorland in 1999 and continues to make homemade fudge from only the best and freshest ingredients every day.
The fudge is made using a copper kettle and marble table. He stirs the fudge by hand using a fudge paddle and when it reaches its boiling point of 235 degrees, he pours it on to the marble slab with the help of his ‘third arm’ (a chain from the ceiling), where it cools for a few minutes. He creams it with a fudge paddle and forms it into a loaf with a hand spatula before cutting the loaf into slices. The whole process takes about one hour per batch.
There are at least 10 varieties of fudge: chocolate, chocolate pecan,chocolate caramel, rocky road, oreo, maple pecan, vanilla, praline, chocolate peanut butter and my favorite, the good ole fashion peanut butter.
Derek also makes his own caramel and candies, chocolate and caramel apples, chocolate dipped marshmallows, chocolate and caramel pretzels, frozen chocolate bananas and because you are at Gatorland, a chocolate alligator on a stick!
The fudge is based on a price of $14.95 per lb and slices are cut at about 1/2 lb per slice. The three slice special is buy 2 and get the 3rd slice for free. The 3 slice deal will be about $15.00 plus tax. The fudge can be stored at room temperature up to 10 days or you may freeze it and keep for another time. It does not take long to defrost and tastes like the day it came off the marble table.
A wide variety of favorites sure to please even the pickiest eaters!
Since 1965, the Gatorland Snack Bar has been providing tasteful, southern flavors seven days a week from right here in the center of the “Alligator Capital of the World.”
Don’t let the name fool you, this little gem offers a wide variety of favorites sure to please even the pickiest eaters. You’ll find everything from a good old fashion chili dog to boiled peanuts and a homemade tuna wrap made fresh everyday.
Looking for something for the little ones? Try the Kids Meal with a hotdog or peanut butter & jelly sandwich. Each meal also comes with cookies, Gold Fish crackers and a drink. Around here we love our Gold Fish crackers!
The snack bar offers diners lunch seating at covered tables surrounded by pools of sun loving alligators and turtles lounging on decks nearby. It´s a perfect Florida setting for a cool ice cream or lunch before the next show.
A full menu is available by clicking here.
*For the well-being of the residents (animals & reptiles) outside food and beverages may not be brought into the park.
Something for everyone!
The Coffee Shop features a variety of coffee- and espresso-based beverages. In addition to delicious coffee, you will find a wide variety of cold beverages including iced tea, fruit smoothies, lemonade and carbonated beverages.
Located next to the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line Depot, this is a great place to grab a drink before the next show.
Located near Gator Gully Splash Park, the General Store is a unique little country store offering gifts, cold drinks, and a variety of ice cream bars.
Step inside, and you’ll find everything you need to cool off and enjoy the rest of your day at Gatorland.
The patio area is a perfect place for parents to escape the sun and relax in one of the adirondack chairs overlooking the splash park. Just grab a cold beverage and chill while the little ones play nearby.
GATORLAND proudly serves Budweiser and Pepsi products.
For the well-being of the residents (animals & reptiles) outside food and beverages may not be brought into the park.
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 32837
TELEPHONE: 800 393-JAWS (5297)
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open Daily (10 am – 5 pm)