Gatorland Or Wild Florida, We Take a Bite Into Both



When we have family and friends come to visit us we like to give them a real taste of Florida and what better way than getting up close and personal with some monster gators, in the safest possible way of course! We've enjoyed Wild Florida and Gatorland, they are both great places to experience, join us as we take you on our WILD adventures.



WILD FLORIDA

3301 Lake Cypress Rd Kenansville, FL 34739

Park Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservation Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gator Park Entry, $5.00 for Florida residents, $12.00 for non-residents


Wild Florida was our first up close encounter with gators having moved to Florida and it really did feel like a fantastic adventure. The gator park has 13 acres to explore but is surrounded by 4200 acres of protected swamps, marshes and rivers, this gives it such an authentic experience, way off the beaten track and a far cry from the pristine Disney parks.



Walking across a wooden bridge to a gator viewing area we were in awe of the these huge creatures, just a few feet away we could see their staring eyes following us as they glided around the large lake waiting for their next feeding time.


There were various informative gator shows and we enjoyed the feeding best, pieces of chicken were sent out across the lake on wires and the gators jumped high out the the water, jostling with each other to snag a prize piece of flesh. Don't forget to check out Crusher, he's quite the star at 65 years old and 13' long!


The park also has more than 200 other Florida native and other exotic animals to see and touch if you want to add an extra experience. If you are feeling brave you can even feed or hold a gator but if you prefer something a little softer you can cuddle a sloth instead.




Our favorite experience at the park was the airboat ride, speeding across the headquarters of the everglades, taking twists and turns, spotting wildlife in its natural habitation was exhilarating. We took the 30 minute boat trip into the wilderness and wished it had lasted the whole day. The airboat is very noisy but with our ear defenders on it was absolutely fine and we would HIGHLY recommend anyone, local or tourist it is a MUST DO bucket list item.


Drive-Thru Safari Park ~ Photo courtesy of Wild Florida

Wild Florida also offers a drive-thru Safari which takes you across 85 acres where you'll get to see giraffes, zebra, eland antelope, scimitar oryx, American bison, and more, we haven't explored this part of the park yet but it's on our to do list.




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Now onto our next adventure.....

GATORLAND

14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando, Florida 32837

Park Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Park Entry, $29.99


As soon as you enter Gatorland you are immediately surrounded with opportunities to feed gators, it's a fun experience to drop a pole strung with a piece of chicken on the end and wait for a snapper to bite. Remember being a kid and playing the fishing game, well it's like that but on a much grander scale.