The only way to get into Gatorland is to walk straight into an alligator's toothy maw. The giant mouth provides entrance to 110 acres of marshy wildlife preserve––home to a vast ecosystem populated by thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and birds, including rare wading birds and four rare white alligators. Among these, more than 130 gators splash and lounge in the park’s breeding marsh, which visitors can view safely from a three-story observation tower or while sitting on the shoulders of Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
Yet one of the biggest thrills of Gatorland is the reptile's raw power. Visitors can see this on full display during the Gator Jumparoo show, where alligators leap four to five feet out of the water to snag food directly from a trainer’s hands, or during the Gator Wrestlin' Show, where a handler demonstrates survival skills. True thrill-seekers can even dangle over the breeding marsh while riding the 65-foot-tall Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. And to experience the unsettling sensation of stumbling upon a swamp filled with alligators at night, the Night Shine experience takes participants deep into gator territory armed with only a flashlight and a few hot dogs.
You and your family will love spending the day at Central Florida Sanford Zoo in Sanford.
No matter what you're hungry for, the menu at this zoo promises the perfect dish for you.
At this zoo, kids of all ages are welcome.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Dedicated to responsible public education and the conservation of endangered and rare animals, the staffers of the Florida International Teaching Zoo tend to a diverse collection of living beings while teaching students to do the same. Amid the rustling feathers of Lady Amherst pheasants and the uncontrollable laughter of spotted hyenas reading the works of Oscar Wilde aloud, the school’s pupils spend days practicing their cage-side manner and stockpiling wildlife know-how through classes and conservation projects around the globe. To round out their tuition, students helm zoo tours for visitors four days a week, practicing their newly minted public-management skills and granting guests a chance to take in the wonders of the natural world in an intimate setting.
Learn more about the many animals of the world at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, a local zoo.
Every great place has a restaurant on the side. When you come to this zoo, it's no different.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this zoo is a great spot for families.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
At Petting Zoo Ocala, kids get a chance to diversify their portfolio of petted animals. All of the usual suspects make appearances—horses, sheep, ducks—but it's the exotic animals that really draw a crowd. Kids get the chance to mingle with monkeys, chat with camels, and shoot the breeze with horses. And for a truly hands-on experience, kids and adults can feed adorable baby goats or take a ride on a camel or pony.