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Tips for Visiting Gatorland

The Encore Resort Blog
April 26, 2024
April 26, 2024

A trip to Orlando is not complete without a visit to Gatorland, Central Florida’s theme park wholly devoted to the state’s most famous native residents. This 110-acre park and wildlife preserve combines old Florida charm with exciting new exhibits and entertainment, making it one of Orlando’s best half-day attractions.

Featuring hundreds of alligators and even crocodiles, Gatorland’s attractions are not only fun, they’re educational, too. But you don’t have to tell the kiddos that secret. Attractions include a free-flight aviary, the 1200-foot Screaming Gator Zip Line, petting zoo, animal shows, the Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure Ride and Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost, an alligator breeding marsh and so much more. If you are headed to Orlando, this is a theme park you absolutely won’t want to miss.

Insider Tips for Visiting Gatorland

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First-time visitor or seasoned Gatorland pro, check out these tips to make the most of your trip to the “Alligator Capital of the World.” Before you head to Gatorland for the day, make sure you check out their current specials (opens in a new tab) – they have many packages and special pricing offers for Gatorland visitors!

Plan Your Visit Early

If you have time, spend the full day exploring Gatorland. There are many enjoyable activities to partake in, such as ziplining, bird watching, turtle petting, and more. Consider making a prolonged stop at the splash pad to provide your children with plenty of entertainment, which they will certainly appreciate. After a day of fun at Gatorland, head back to your resort for a relaxing evening and an early night’s sleep. This strikes the perfect balance, especially if you plan to visit other theme parks that remain open much later, ensuring an enjoyable experience for the entire family.

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Take Your Time

You will easily spend a half-day or longer at Gatorland. There is much to see and even more to do, so don’t rush your trip; you’ll want to see everything this theme park has to offer its visitors.

Look for the Grunts

Did you know American baby alligators are called grunts because of the sound they make? Gatorland has plenty of grunts – make sure you look for them. While you’re at it, Gatorland happens to have the largest collection of extremely rare white leucistic alligators – keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful creatures!

Visit the Breeding Marsh

Speaking of grunts, you can view alligators up close and personal on this nature trail. You will not be disappointed, and you may even have to resist the urge to take one home!

Bring Cash to Feed the Gators

Soon after entering the park, you’ll reach the area where people may feed the alligators. This is an excellent, must-do activity. Although it is just $3, please keep in mind that cash is the sole method of payment.

Don’t Bring Food

You will have to throw it out. To keep the animals safe, Gatorland does not allow any food inside the park, however the concession stands are very affordable and have choices for everyone.

Bring a Camera

Gatorland is more than just a wildlife viewing destination. It’s about capturing the expressions of awe on your family’s faces, the brilliant foliage, and the unique experiences you’ll have. Imagine the vibrant colors of exotic birds, the tranquility of natural surroundings, and the thrill of ziplining across the park. These are the moments you will want to remember and share with others.

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Be Prepared for the Heat

The Florida sun is hot! Make sure to protect yourself. Pack a sun hat, UV-protective sunglasses, and sunscreen. A refillable water bottle is also essential for staying hydrated throughout the day.

Suit Up

Central Florida gets hot! Bring your bathing suit and check out the Gator Gully splash pad area to cool off in the hot sun. Just make sure you remember a change of clothes.

Gatorland Shows

There are three shows at Gatorland and each are a great way to have fun and relax! The three shows are:

Gator Jumparoo Show

Imagine standing just feet away as alligators leap out of the water, seeking for treats. It’s a thrilling encounter that demonstrates the immense power and agility of these magnificent creatures. You will be on the edge of your seat, amazed by their powers.

Alligators: Legends of the Swamp

Discover the wonders of these magnificent reptiles as a fearless gator specialist from Gatorland steps into the Legends arena alongside live 6-8 foot alligators. Witness firsthand the remarkable survival skills of these awe-inspiring creatures! Don’t miss out on this enlightening exhibit!

Up-Close Encounters

Prepare for an intimate look at some of Gatorland’s most intriguing denizens. From writhing snakes to majestic birds, you’ll be treated to fascinating facts and anecdotes about these animals. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view, learn about, and possibly touch species you’ve ever imagined experiencing.

You can find a list of the show schedules on the Gatorland website (opens in a new tab).

Gatorland’s Top Attractions

Make your trip to Gatorland absolutely special by visiting our personal favorite attractions. We handpicked these jewels particularly for you, so you don’t miss out on the finest of what we have to offer. Dive in and make every moment count!

Ride the Screaming Gator Zip Line

A must do, prepare for an adrenaline thrill unlike any other on the Screaming Gator Zip Line (opens in a new tab). Glide at speeds up to 30 mph above the habitats of live alligators and crocodiles. It’s a thrilling experience to witness these magnificent creatures from a unique perspective.

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Board the Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure Ride & Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost

These 12-foot-high custom-made, off-road monster vehicles will take you on a 15-minute rugged and hilarious a href=”https://www.gatorland.com/screamin-gator-zip-line-named-best-zipline-in-orlando-weekly/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” aria-label=”Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure (opens in a new tab)”>adventure. Say hello to the wacky new Gatorland characters and sing along with the tour guides through a swampy adventure loaded with alligators.

Behind the Scenes Experience

Before you visit Gatorland, if it’s in your budget, contact the park and ask them about their behind the scenes experiences. Some can be booked at the park when you arrive, while others need to be scheduled ahead of time. Check out the Trainer-for-A-Day Experience (opens in a new tab).

Visit the Non-Gator Residents

From emus, snakes and giant tortoises, to bobcats, deer, flamingos and more, Gatorland is home to many animals and reptiles. Emus need love, too!

Ride the Train

Every theme park must have a train, right? The Gatorland Express Train offers a quick ride around the park, where you will see all the action. This is a perfect midday rest to perk you up for the afternoon!

Book Your Vacation Home Accommodations

What a day! Who knew you could spend so much time up close and personal with alligators and live to tell about it! Thankfully, after your trip to Gatorland, you can come home to Encore Resort at Reunion. Plan your vacation in style and luxury. Our guard-gated community features modern, beautifully decorated 4- to 13-bedroom vacation homes with backyard pools, washer/dryer units, and fully equipped kitchens, plus resort-style amenities like a Water Park and concierge services.

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