Unlike insincere crocodile tears, alligator teardrops are brutally honest, signaling when your singing is off-key or your balloon-animal tricks lack verisimilitude. Research reptilian truth-tellers firsthand with today's Groupon: for $49, you get admission to the 60-minute Alligator Academy, which teaches you how to handle alligators at Gator Adventure Productions in Orlando (a $150 value).
Enthusiastic ecologists are invited to attend Alligator Academy, an hour-long crash course on gator behavior, anatomy, and tendency to mist up during romantic comedies. After extensive instruction, new alligator academics are invited to interact, feed, and handle live reptiles ranging in size from 6 inches to almost 13 feet in length in the facility’s wading pool. Experienced instructors oversee the class, ensuring safety comes first. When not wrangling gators, guests can peruse exhibits featuring other reptiles or take in one of the park's exhilarating nightly shows.
Gator Adventure Productions
Gator Adventure Productions brings people into contact with the dinosaurs who still roam the earth: namely, crocodiles and alligators. The trainers help promote conservation and educate the public by getting visitors up close and personal with the animals during shows at the park. They offer photo opportunities with the animals, and standing exhibits where guests can safely observe larger creatures and repeatedly lose alligator vs. human staring contests. The park holds an annual summer Croc Fest, a celebration that benefits a particular species each year. In 2013, for instance, they aided conservation efforts for the Jamaican crocodile, and the 2014 festival focuses on saving the Philippine crocodile. The trainers can even take the alligators and crocs on the road—the animals have made appearances at private parties around the area.