Photo courtesy of Gatorland

During a spring break trip to Orlando, we all wanted to catch up with our favorites: Mickey, the Nickelodeon characters, the super heroes. My husband was up for all of it, but had one request of his own – he wanted to visit the gators.Thank goodness he did. We found our way to Gatorland, tagged as the “Alligator Capital of the World.”

I’ve visited some homegrown gator farms on the West Coast of Florida, around the Naples area. Those are neat but don’t hold a candle to Gatorland.

Up Close and Personal with Gators

What I love about Gatorland is that it gets the family up close and personal with these Florida natives, and gives kids a chance to experience the natural side of this state that’s become more known for its roller coasters than its reptiles.


After several days of the adrenaline-rush caused by attraction excitement, Gatorland provides the perfect oasis to pause and slow down, walk the peaceful paths through the swamps, touch a tortoise, watch gator wrestling, or see how high an alligator will “jump” for a chicken dinner during the Gator Jumparoo Show.There’s even a small sprinkler area where the kids can cool off on an especially hot day.

The staff at Gatorland is knowledgable and happy to answer questions from visitors. Their relaxed approach is welcome. This is one animal attraction where it’s evident that the staff cares deeply and respects nature’s “residents.”

You don’t need to plan a full day at Gatorland; a few hours will do. We planned our visit during the morning, before it got too hot, and then spent the afternoon lounging by the hotel pool.

Gatorland is easy to get to from the Orlando hotels, so you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of time traveling in your car.If you’re heading to Orlando this spring break, take time out to visit the natives. Gatorland is located at 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. Visit the website to plan before you go.