When I say that there are a lot of alligators at Gatorland in Kissimmee, Florida, I mean that there are A LOT OF ALLIGATORS.
Everywhere you turn in Gatorland in Kissimmee, there are alligators. And more alligators. And then even more alligators.
There are literally thousands of alligators at Gatorland – they don’t call it “The Alligator Capital of the World” for nothing!
Gatorland even has a few crocodiles!
As soon as you arrive at Gatorland, make sure to grab a map and check out the showtime schedule. There are various shows throughout the day, including an Alligator Wrestling Show, the Gator Jumparoo Show and Up Close Encounters.
While I was visiting Gatorland, I was lucky enough to experience all three shows!
The Gator Jumparoo Show involves several wildlife handlers reaching out and offering the alligators whole chickens, and the gators must jump up and grab them out of their hands.
It’s not a job I would apply for…
The up close encounters were more my speed. My first “encounter” was jumping on the back of a very large, very intimidating alligator in the wrestling pin.
What can I say, I like to live on the edge…also? His handler was only three feet away, just out of frame in this photo!
Don’t worry, the alligator’s mouth was taped shut!
My hands were conveniently placed over the tape so that it didn’t show in the photo. I like to live on the edge, but not that close to the edge!
I also had a little meet and greet with a blue tongued skink.
I thought it would make for a really cute photo if I pretended like I was about to give him a kiss – and that’s when that famous blue tongue stuck out and I realized he had a much longer tongue that I thought!
I left the really crazy stunts up to the professionals.
Because I value my life.
One of the most impressive things about Gatorland in Kissimmee – aside from being home to thousands of alligators, that is – is the amount of wildlife that call Gatorland home.
Everywhere you look, you will find beautiful birds perched in the trees along the swamp banks.
Created in 1991 as an alligator breeding marsh, the famous Gatorland Bird Rookery has grown into one of the largest bird rookeries in Florida. The protected area provides a safe place for birds to nest, forage, and roost within Gatorland.
You can find over 20 different species of birds at Gatorland, many of which are listed as Endangered or Species of Special Concern. Bird watching is such an important part of Gatorland that they even offer a special photographers pass and special hours so that photographers can come in early to take advantage of the best daylight hours!
You can find out more about all of the adventure that awaits you at Gatorland.com.
Gatorland Hours and Admission Information
Gatorland is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Adults: Day Pass $24.99 Annual Pass $45.99
- Children (3-12): Day Pass $16.99 Annual Pass $31.99
- Children under 3 are free!