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Everything you need to know about Gatorland in Orlando

One of Orlando's oldest attractions, Gatorland showcases the state of Florida's rich wildlife and cultural heritage. It offers a unique glimpse into the thrilling world of alligators and other reptiles through activities like the Screamin' Gator Z...

Also Known As

Alligator Capital of the World

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Founded By

Owen Godwin

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0-30 mins (Peak), 0-30 mins (Off Peak)

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Did you know?

Gatorland is home to the largest community of rare albino and leucistic alligators in the United States.

The breeding marsh area was filmed for the 1984 movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

The theme park’s unique entrance in the form of a gaping gator jaw was designed by founder Owen Godwin’s youngest son, Frank. He painted it in his father’s favorite color scheme — Florida aqua and white.

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Things to do at Gatorland

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Gatorland Express

Gatorland Express, formerly known as the Ol' Iron Horse Express, is a 2-foot small-gauge railroad attraction located within the park. Take the train through the woods and shaded places, and simply relax while seeing the wildlife. Your serene trek through the park will include encounters with birds, deer, and, of course, gators.

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Adventure Hour

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Alligator Breeding Marsh and have an amazing experience during Adventure Hour! The marsh is home to hundreds of alligators. You can safely stroll within a few feet of hungry, gigantic alligators and see or create an incredible feeding frenzy.

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Screamin' Gator Zipline

Buckle up and zip off on an exhilarating outdoor adventure on Gatorland's Screamin' Gator Zipline. Your adventure will take you along five 1,200-foot zip lines and a 150-foot chain bridge! Get ready for the adrenaline rush as you go on an exciting journey from some of the world's best zipline towers.

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Croc Rock Adventure

Croc Rock Adventure is a brand-new dynamic three-in-one experience in which you get to climb a 32-foot rock, go through a bridge, and zipline through a height of 150ft. Because of its outstanding recreation of genuine rock, the Croc Rock climbing wall is unlike any other climbing sport in Florida. Artists created natural handholds and replicated local sandstone to give the building an extraordinarily natural appearance.

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Gator Gauntlet

Fly 350 feet through the air and defy gravity as you glide over the Alligator Breeding Marsh, complete with 130 enormous alligators watching from below! If you or your loved ones have any mobility issues, Gatorland has got you covered. Take up the Gator Gauntlet and enjoy flying through the single and accessible zipline!

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Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure

Board a 12-foot-high custom-built off-road monster vehicle for a 15-minute challenging yet entertaining trip. This thrilling journey has wacky new Gatorland characters, singing tour guides, swampy adventure, and a plethora of alligators. Each vehicle at Gatorland is individually branded and named after iconic actual alligators and crocodiles, such as Bonecrusher SM, Cannibal Jake, and Swamp Ghost.

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Live shows

Don't miss the live shows while you are at Gatorland. Watch some of the largest alligators and crocodiles jump 4 feet or more in the air at the unique Gator Jumparoo show. Learn about these wonderful reptiles from the experts at Gatorland at the Alligators: Legends of the Swamp show. These live shows are both educational and entertaining.

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Gator Night Shine

Ready for some extra thrills? Participate in Gator Night Shine, which gives you the adventure of a lifetime. This adventure transports you deep into the home of Florida's most well-known reptile: the alligator! Navigate the wooden walkways of the Alligator Breeding Marsh at night, carrying only a flashlight and food for the reptiles.

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Gatorland's Barnyard

Gatorland's Barnyard Petting and Feeding provides a far tamer experience for you and is specially designed for your kids. Let your kids meet the adorable animals and birds in the petting zoo over the fence. You will be delighted to feed cute creatures like baby goats, calves, and emus.

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White Gator Swamp

The White Gator Swamp is an indoor museum-style attraction where you can see albino gators on the other side of a glass wall. You can learn about this exotic wildlife through the signs on the fenced area. This swamp provides a close-up view of these rare white alligators, and these informational displays will  educate you about the biology and conservation status of these fascinating reptiles.

Who built Gatorland?

Owen Godwin, a self-taught herpetologist, created Gatorland to educate and entertain guests about Florida's iconic alligators and crocodiles. His passion for these reptiles lives on through the park.

Architecture and design

Gatorland's design is focused on providing a natural, eco-friendly habitat for its inhabitants. The lush vegetation and water features recreate the native environments of its resident animals, ensuring their well-being. Gatorland follows all regulatory requirements and ensures that every habitat, enclosure, and attraction within the park is safe for you. The themed elements and show arenas all add up to its conservation skills.

History of Gatorland

Founded in 1949 by Owen Godwin, Gatorland has since become a beloved attraction, drawing visitors from all over. Originally a simple roadside attraction, it has grown into a massive 100-acre park, offering unforgettable wildlife experiences. In 2004, Hurricane Charley caused significant damage to Gatorland. However, the park managed to recover and rebuild, and it continued to be a popular destination for those interested in learning about and observing alligators and crocodiles.

Gatorland is now home to thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and other species, including rare white alligators. In addition to being a tourist attraction, Gatorland has also focused on conservation and education. The park's attractions include a breeding marsh with a boardwalk and observation tower, zip lines, an off-road swamp vehicle tour, a ridable miniature railroad, alligator feeding displays, alligator wrestling shows, an aviary, a petting zoo, and educational programs. The park's breeding marsh area was utilized in the 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Frequently asked questions about Gatorland Orlando

What is Gatorland?

Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve in Florida with over 3000 species of alligators and crocodiles.

How do I visit Gatorland Orlando?

You can visit Gatorland by booking your tickets online.

How much are Gatorland tickets?

Gatorland tickets start at $37.26.

Why is Gatorland famous?

Gatorland is famously known as the Alligator Capital of the World, housing rare breeds of alligators, crocodiles, and other animals.

What can I do at Gatorland?

You can explore the various exhibits, ride ziplines, go off-roading, board a train, watch live croc shows, shop, and eat at Gatorland Orlando.

When did Gatorland open?

Gatorland opened to the public in 1949.

Where is Gatorland located?

Gatorland is located along the South Orange Blossom Trail, south of Orlando.

How do I get to Gatorland?

Take bus 42 or 111 between Mccoy Road and Gondola Drive in Orlando and transfer to bus 108 at the Florida Mall Superstop in Oakridge. You can also take the light rail from Church Street in Orlando to Tupperware at Buenaventura Lakes and take a taxi from there.

What are Gatorland's operating hours?

Gatorland is open from 10 AM to 5 PM every day.

Can I feed alligators in Gatorland?

Absolutely! You can purchase food to feed the gators while safely following the guidelines.

Is photography allowed at Gatorland Orlando?

Yes, personal photography is allowed at Gatorland.

Are children allowed at Gatorland?

Children aged 3 to 16 are allowed to visit Gatorland, provided they are accompanied by an adult aged 16 or older.

Is Gatorland wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Gatorland is accessible by wheelchair.

What other attractions are near Gatorland?

You can visit other attractions in Orlando like SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando, Kennedy Space Center, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, or Madame Tussauds after your trip to Gatorland.