Adventures in Florida: Gatorland

image02For those of you who remember my 20 before 25 list, I finally got to cross off zip lining! A few months back the rescue group we adopted Bally from had a silent auction on their Facebook page. I ended up winning the Gatorland basket which included free admission to the park (also referred to as the “Alligator Capital of the World”) as well as 2 complimentary zip lining reservations and a free snake and gator photo. 2 weekends ago, John and I finally decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather so we called and made our reservations and headed off to the park.

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We began our day with the zip line tour which took about an hour and a half in its entirety. The course has 5 zip lines in total and the instructors had us ziplining backwards, running off the platform and cannon balling (tucking your legs up to your chest for maximum speed) all throughout the course. And since we were in Gatorland after all, the entire course sent us zipping right over the cages of the park’s largest crocodiles and alligators. Unfortunately they don’t allow cameras on the course so I didn’t get any pictures, but I swear I did it so I’m officially crossing it off my list!

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After zip lining, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then stopped to see the free Gator Wrestling show. The handler opened up the gator’s mouth to show the audience and about got his hand bit off, then he demonstrated how little force it takes to keep a gator’s mouth shut by holding it closed with his chin. I was happy to watch from the sidelines!

crocodile crocodile2We wrapped up the day by walking through the alligator “breeding marsh” (home to hundreds of alligators) and we also picked up some hot dogs to feed the alligators and crocodiles. Our zip lining guide recommended we feed the crocodiles with the hot dog attached to a piece of bamboo so we followed his advice and had crocodiles jumping out of the water to eat the hot dogs. As you may have guessed, it wasn’t long before park staff yelled at us for doing so (but it was totally worth it). On our way out, we headed to the gator and snake photo station for our free picture and got to hold a live alligator and snake (ok, John held the snake).

gatorsnakeAll in all we had a fantastic day. Park admission is only $25 which is a steal considering the amount of gators and how close you can get to them as well as the 3 free shows they offer throughout the day. If you’re ever in the Orlando area, Gatorland is a MUST see!
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24 thoughts on “Adventures in Florida: Gatorland

    1. stephadmin Post author

      Haha I love how it came out! We had a blast, and trust me I was terrified. I had a minor freakout about the snake, but the gator’s mouth was taped shut so that didn’t scare me AS much.

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  1. Style Journey

    This looks like it was a blast! Ziplining is something I would love to cross off my bucket list as well. Gators and snakes are a little freaky, but what a neat place. Heather

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    1. stephadmin Post author

      You have to do it sometime! It was seriously so much fun and such a rush. I agree, they definitely freak me out too, but it was neat to see this park and learn all abut them. They even have white alligators there which are super rare (and very aggressive) that were neat to see.

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  2. withluckblog

    I’ve been there! It’s surprisingly fun to stand so close to gators (with the large fences between you of course). I didn’t get to go zip lining though-that sounds awesome!

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    1. stephadmin Post author

      That’s awesome! I thought so too, it’s funny how close they were yet I felt totally safe. If you ever go back you have to do the zip line, it definitely was the best part of our day there.

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  3. Megan

    Awesome! I wish we had gone there while we were living in Florida – sounds like a fun time. And I’ve always wanted to go zip lining πŸ™‚

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    1. stephadmin Post author

      Well now you just have an excuse to come back and visit right?? This was my first time zip lining so I didn’t know quite what to expect but I loved it.

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  4. Alyssa

    Haha I love that last photo of you! I went to something similar to this when I was younger on vacation in Myrtle Beach. We actually saw an aligator completely murder the crap out of a pelican. It was SO traumatizing at the time! Haha

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    1. stephadmin Post author

      I was actually waiting for something like that to happen – there were birds EVERYWHERE in the park, super close to the gators, and I couldn’t believe not one of them got eaten. I guess they must keep the gators pretty well fed there.

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    1. stephadmin Post author

      John didn’t leave me much choice – we had a free photo from the auction basket we won so he dragged me over there and made me do it! But it wasn’t so bad – it actually felt really neat (not at all what you would expect an alligator to feel like) and it’s mouth was taped shut so I didn’t lose any fingers πŸ˜‰

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    1. stephadmin Post author

      Actually, I have! There is a place in Clearwater Beach that makes something gator (can’t remember what it is called to save my life) and it was pretty good.

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  5. McKenna Ryan

    I was in Florida a few years ago and I had the opportunity to g to an alligator farm! It was such a cool experience. I am loving your blog dear! I will definitely be following you on bloglovin. xx. McKenna Lou Ryan

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    1. stephadmin Post author

      I would love to do something like that! I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to find one around here πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, can’t wait to head over to your blog!

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