Gatorland, Orlando, Florida
Back in 1972, my little girl and I visited Gatorland and enjoyed ourselves so much that I would go back. When I did, I regretted that I did not return sooner. Hubby and Middle Son accompanied me on the trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience there.
Yes, it was something different but in a good way. One part theme park and another wild life preserve, our day close to nature was awesome. Gatorland’s nature lands provided us with a walk on the wild side. Along the nature trails, my menfolk spotted snakes (my opinion YUK), toads, insects, and birds while I lagged a safe distance behind then caught up with them at the aviary.
Exhibits were well clean and maintained. Turtles even a Galapagos one, crocodiles, and alligators lolled about basking–deceptively motionless for the moment in the sun. I tried to take pictures of the blue-eyed 800 pound ivory-skinned inhabitants of white gator swamp eating; however, their broad, short snouts stayed close and bared no sharp powerful teeth.
We stopped at Allie’s Barn, the petting zoo, to watch little ones playing with sheep and goats then moved on. Too cold for us in Gator Gully Splash Park, drat! I really wanted to squirt my men and get even for the way they wet me earlier in the week on a water ride. The train ride was down, so the disappointed child within me led my men on to the Gator Jumparoo Show. Describe it as Triple E for entertaining, exciting, and educational. Glad I wasn’t the trainer holding chicken four to five feet over their heads baiting those big, big alligators to jump!
Gatorland has something for everyone. When Owen Godwin, Sr. first established his breeding marsh, breeding pens, nurseries, rearing ponds back in 1949, he helped pioneer the ecology and environment movement of Southern Florida. To me, Gatorland, the 110 acre park that grew from his efforts, is a must see-attraction. Located at 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, U. S. 441 Orlando, Florida 32837, go online to gatorland.com or call 407-855-5496 for more information.
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