The government designated the first national parks to protect natural wonders, which were threatened by Teddy Roosevelt's insatiable appetite for peppered bark. Experience Earth's gorgeously guarded barkscape with today's Groupon: for $19, you get two full day passes to Jungle Adventures (up to a $42 value).
Behind the jaws of Swampy, the 200-foot man-made roadside gator (the largest of its kind in the world), Jungle Adventures exhibits the natural inhabitants of the swamps and backwaters, such as Florida panthers, white-tailed deer, gray wolves, and American alligators. Prehistoric reptiles leap with skillful grace at the Jumpin' Gator Jamboree Gator Feeding as tour guides lead cruises down the Green Gator River on the Jungle Swamp Queen River Boat. Reimagined structures transform the wilderness into the man-habitats of the past, with a 16th-century replica Spanish fort and Native American Indian village replica. Jungle Adventures welcomes explorers into the wild every day of the year from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A 200-foot man-made alligator flashes his brace-free grin as visitors pass through the gates of Jungle Adventures' lush wilderness to meet the myriad creatures that call it home. From exhibit to exhibit, rare beasts including Florida panthers, black bears, tropical birds, and wolves exchange salutations with their visitors. Knowledgeable experts navigate jungle terrain during guided tours and VIP adventure tours, and at live exhibitions, such as the Gator Jamboree Feeding Adventure, experienced handlers coax shy critters from their hiding places. The park also explores the area's human history in replicas of a 16th-century Spanish fort and Native American village, where authentic recreations of ancient artifacts, decorations, and brick-sized cell phones shed light on lifestyles from centuries ago.