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Gatorland

The self-proclaimed ‘Alligator Capital of the World’ is a large park and world-class nature reserve dedicated to the planet’s oldest animal species.

When you arrive at this 180,000-square-metre park and nature reserve dedicated to the alligators who live in their natural habitat in the marshlands of South Florida, you’re immediately greeted by the entrance sign announcing it as the ‘Alligator Capital of the World’. Just a short drive east of Walt Disney World & Resort and within walking distance of the residential Kissimmee district, visitors flock here to see its alligator wrestling arena to learn how to train the reptile, to hold a baby alligator, and even to explore the swamp and get up close to the alligators themselves.

Gatorland first opened in 1949 as the Florida Wildlife Institute, a roadside attraction that was founded by Owen Godwin and at the time was home to just a modest selection of snakes and alligators. It took its present name only five years later and since then has grown to be a huge attraction which draws amazed and curious visitors from all around the globe to see these fearsome but fascinating creatures.

The park’s wildlife sanctuary plays host to thousands of alligators, who live here with snakes, crocodiles, deer and giant tortoises. Keen ornithologists can get up onto the raised wooden platform above the swamps that will give you a great vantage point to see the birds that fly around these parts, including egrets, flamingos, spoonbills and hawks.

If you’ve got younger children in your party, head for Allie’s Barnyard Petting Zoo where the kids can meet and feed the baby animals. The destination also has a playground and the Gator Gully Splash Park for the family to enjoy.

One of the most popular shows at Gatorland is Gator Jumparoo, during which you’ll get to see the alligators playing around, jumping high into the air to catch the raw meat dangled above them. If you’re up for a little more adventure, strap into a harness and get on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line which will take you on a 366-metre ride across the Alligator Breeding Marsh.

A popular choice for all the family, Gatorland is usually a welcome relief from the bustle and crowds of the state’s big theme parks. A visit could last a whole day, but if you come earlier you’ll have a better chance of witnessing the shows and feeding times.

Popular Activities at Gatorland®

You'll find it hard to believe how many things there are to do at Gatorland®. Here are some suggestions to get you going:

Examine our Orlando things to do page to find more activities in the area.


Guide to Exploring Gatorland®


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

    Situated in Orlando, this vacation 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 mi (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 vacation 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 mi (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 vacation 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 mi (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 vacation 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 mi (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 vacation 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 mi (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 vacation 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 mi (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 vacation 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 mi (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 vacation 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 mi (10 km).