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Gatorland

A world class exhibit dedicated to the most ancient of animal species on the planet. These living dinosaurs are a breathtaking sight, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

This 45-hectare park is a gigantic nature reserve for the native creatures of South Florida. Often referred to as the “Alligator Capital of the World”, Gatorland educates visitors about the fantastic characteristics of alligators. Activities range from holding a baby alligator to learning how to train one of these incredibly huge reptiles. For the more adventurous, delve into the swamp and walk within just a few feet of theses phenomenal creatures in their natural habitat.

Opened to the public in 1949 under the name of Florida Wildlife Institute, this colossal attraction was founded by Owen Godwin who began displaying reptiles at a humble roadside stop-off for visitors in the area. By 1954, interest in the park increased and was duly renamed Gatorland. What began as a small attraction with just a few snakes and alligators is today a worldwide icon, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world.

Home to a number of reptiles, including thousands of alligators, snakes, crocodiles, deer and giant tortoises, the Park also attracts many Birdwatchers. For those with a love of feathered animals, the hundreds of egrets, flamingos, hawks and spoonbills make for a perfect photo opportunity and a unique take away souvenir. The raised wooden platforms dotted around the swamplands allow for a truly exceptionally view of this outstanding nature reserve.

Children are welcome on the reserve and will particularly enjoy meeting and feeding the baby animals at Allie’s Barnyard Petting Zoo. Other activities include a playground for the younger kids and the spectacular Gator Gully Splash Park.

The most popular show on the reserve is the Gator Jumparoo, where visitor can witness these huge alligators launching themselves into the air to get at the raw meat dangling above the lake. Take a few snaps from the sidelines, or for the adrenaline junkies, get strapped into a harness and fly 366 metres across the Alligator Breeding Marsh on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line.

You’ll need to set aside a whole day to explore the features of the park and make sure that you come early to witness the shows and feeding times for a truly memorable day out.

We understand you want to make the most out of your time at Gatorland®. So, we've compiled some of the most popular things you can do here:

If you're seeking more options, examine our Orlando things to do page.


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3100 Jodhpurs lane, Orlando, FL
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Orlando, this holiday home is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Gatorland® and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Osceola Performing Arts Center. Kissimmee Lakefront Park and Lake Tohopekaliga are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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    Encore Club Reunion by Luxury Sun Rentals House #2

    Encore Club Reunion by Luxury Sun Rentals House #2

    7663 Wilmington Loop, Kissimmee, FL
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Kissimmee, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Osceola Performing Arts Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gatorland®. Medieval Times and Kissimmee Lakefront Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Solara Resort - 9043 Sunshine Ridge Loop
      Solara Resort - 9043 Sunshine Ridge Loop

      Solara Resort - 9043 Sunshine Ridge Loop

      3208 North John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Kissimmee, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Osceola Performing Arts Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gatorland®. Medieval Times and Kissimmee Lakefront Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Solara Resort - 9039 Sunshine Ridge Loop
        Solara Resort - 9039 Sunshine Ridge Loop

        Solara Resort - 9039 Sunshine Ridge Loop

        3208 North John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Kissimmee, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Osceola Performing Arts Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gatorland®. Medieval Times and Kissimmee Lakefront Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Windsor at Westside - 8875 Qin Loop
          Windsor at Westside - 8875 Qin Loop

          Windsor at Westside - 8875 Qin Loop

          3208 North John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kissimmee, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Osceola Performing Arts Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gatorland®. Medieval Times and Kissimmee Lakefront Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Solara Resort - 9063 Sunshine Ridge Loop
            Solara Resort - 9063 Sunshine Ridge Loop

            Solara Resort - 9063 Sunshine Ridge Loop

            3208 North John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Kissimmee, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Osceola Performing Arts Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gatorland®. Medieval Times and Kissimmee Lakefront Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Solara Resort - 9031 Sunshine Ridge Loop
              Solara Resort - 9031 Sunshine Ridge Loop

              Solara Resort - 9031 Sunshine Ridge Loop

              3208 North John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, FL
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Kissimmee, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Osceola Performing Arts Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gatorland®. Medieval Times and Kissimmee Lakefront Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Solara Resort Exec Villas- 9039srl
                Solara Resort Exec Villas- 9039srl

                Solara Resort Exec Villas- 9039srl

                9039 Sunshine Ridge Loop, Kissimmee, FL
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Kissimmee, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Osceola Performing Arts Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gatorland®. Medieval Times and Kissimmee Lakefront Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).