Like similarly dressed 20th-century dictators, alligators and crocodiles are often mistaken for one another despite having vastly different Myers-Briggs personality types. Get to know gators with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two adult tickets to a one-hour walking tour of Kliebert’s Turtle and Alligator Farm in Hammond (a $20 value). Tours cost $5 for kids ages 12 and under, and are free for kids ages 2 and under.
A reptilian ranch for several scaly species, Kliebert’s Turtle and Alligator Farm takes reptile-viewing duos on one-hour tours of one of the world’s oldest and largest gator estates. On every tour, groups of up to four can watch Kliebert staff members feed toothy gators such as the 16-foot-long Big Fred, who was hatched at the farm almost 50 years ago, or even cuddle up with baby turtles and alligators. An egret-and-heron-filled bird sanctuary provides evolutionary evidence that the only difference between birds and reptiles is a set of wings and a strict adherence to a modified Atkins diet.
Kliebert’s Turtle and Alligator Farm
Kliebert’s Turtle and Alligator Farm hosts handicap-accessible walking tours that educate guests of all ages during interactions with exotic reptiles. Kliebert’s staffers call themselves “the original swamp people,” and accommodate thousands of cold-blooded critters in their watery hotel. During tours, reptile-loving guides introduce some of the 60 year old alligators by their famous names. Yetta, who is the 16ft snake, is convinced her neighbor the crocodile is a reincarnated pair of Rick James's shoes. Guests traverse the grounds to observe feedings or pose for photos with baby turtles and alligators. In addition to demonstrating their dedication to reptile preservation, the tour guides show visitors a bird sanctuary for egrets and herons. Once the riveting tour winds down, guests can browse the gift shop, where they’ll find alligator heads, turtle shells, and alligator meat for purchase.