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Gatorland (8)

Is a great day out if you’re looking for something different to do after enjoying all the theme parks.

Located on Orange Blossom Trail Gatorland is only a short distance from most communities on Highway 192, you enter this park through the mouth of a giant Alligator…though not a real one of course.

If you didn’t think Gators could understand a command then you will be very surprised when you visit. The keeper shouted “Gators come” and they certainly came, loads of them, ok so he was offering lunch but hey they knew about it all right.
The keeper then showed us guests that Gators can jump and my do they jump, above the water was a rope with food attached and the gators leapt up from the waters to take it.

We then went on a walk through the original Florida, lots of swampland with plenty of life in them, just so you know there are paths through here and you won’t actually be wading through swamps. We spotted a few turtles and even snakes in the waters.

The made our way to an arena were the Gator wrestling was to take place; there were plenty of seats here to watch as the keepers fought the Gators. At the end of the show the audience are invited up for photo opportunities were your little ones can sit on the back of a life Gator. Not a big one though, just big enough for a child to sit on and it’s mouth was taped up.

Now it was time to catch the train, a short journey on here took us to the children’s play area.

The children’s play area here is a welcome break, plenty to keep the children entertained for a long time. There is also a great water play area for the little ones to cool down. It is advisable if you are visiting to remember to take swimwear for your children and a towel.

There is a picnic area and it has plenty of seating and is very clean and tidy, as you will find with most visitor attractions in The Sunshine State.

Remember to take your camera also, although there are photographers everywhere in case you forget. There are plenty of photo opportunities like sitting with an Alligator on your knee and a snake around your neck, if you’re brave enough that is.

The gift shop is located near the exit and sells a little something of everything, plenty of little mementoes and they all raise money to help fund Gatorland.

I don’t think you could spend a full day here but we were there for around four to five hours and all had a great day.

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