With its goofy, gaping alligator jaws as the main entrance, Gatorland is a reptilian wonderland filled with thousands of toothy alligators and crocodiles as far as the eye can see, as well as a few slithery snakes, slimy toads, and leathery turtles.
A splintery wooden boardwalk, inches above the water, winds through the hundreds of alligators and crocodiles in the breeding marsh, and a three-story observation tower provides a soaring lookout for the birds of the wildlife habitat. Get up close on a leisurely walk through the park, or hop aboard the Gatorland Express Train, a treat for younger kids.
The Jumparoo Show has 10 ft (3 m) long alligators leaping almost entirely out of the water to grab a hunk of meat from the trainer's hand. The Jungle Crocs Show highlights four rare species and gives an entertaining history lesson on the creatures. Indulge your Crocodile Hunter fantasy with the Trainer for a Day package, and learn how to wrangle both crocs and gators hands-on. To keep the little ones occupied, there’s a petting zoo and playground.
Gatorland is right off U.S. 441, between Osceola Pkwy and Hunter's Creek Blvd. There’s also free parking. For the Trainer for a Day package, you’ll need to make advance reservations. Be sure to try a plate of fresh gator nuggets and smoked gator ribs at the open-air restaurant, or pick-up some gator-souvenirs at the gift shop.