Only 19 minutes from Orlando International Airport
Located south of Orlando, Florida, is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve known as Gatorland.
It was founded in 1949 by Owen Godwin, and it features alligators and crocodiles, an observation tower and a breeding marsh, reptile shows, a petting zoo, a swamp walk, an aviary and educational programs. Here, nuisance gators are rescued from trappers that would kill them for their meat.
There is a road show offering activities like alligator wrestling and an educational lecture. Additionally, there is a Florida snakes exhibit, with indigo snakes, rattlesnakes, and cottonmouths. The park is also noted for its leucistic alligators.
The Gatorland Express, which first opened in 1961, is a 2 foot narrow gauge railroad attraction within the park. It is believed to be the oldest amusement attraction in Central Florida. The original locomotive retired in 2000 and it was put on display, and a new locomotive began operation the following year. Before 2011, it was the only non-animal-related attraction in Gatorland. There is an additional fee to ride the railroad.
Zip line ride
In 2011, Gatorland added a new zip line which was to travel past a pool of alligators and past several of the existing attractions. The ride is about 1,200 feet long, some stories high and for riders over 3 feet tall.
Gatorland opened Gator Spot in 2015, at the Fun Spot America Theme Parks. It allowed Gatorland to extend their brand to the I-Drive tourist area. Here visitors are able to feed and take photos with the alligators. The star of the attraction is Bouya, a white leucistic alligator with blue eyes.
The Breeding Marsh area of the park was used in the filming of the 1984 movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, starring Harrison Ford.
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