Gator Beach is home to over 100 live alligators that guests are welcome to watch, feed and even hold. There’s also a variety of educational components that provide a wealth of information about these reptiles.
The alligators at Gator Beach range in age from babies to young adults, and they’re separated into two tanks separate habitats based on age and size. Guests are welcome to watch the alligators, and specially formulated meat is available for feeding them.
When feeding, guests attach the meat to a long pole that allows people to remain a safe distance away and behind a barrier. Soon after noticing the meat, an alligator will snatch it off of the pole — providing a firsthand view of just how quick and powerful these animals are.
The baby alligators, which are typically about 12 inches long, are the ones that guests can hold. Employees who work with and watch these alligators provide guidance on how to safely handle an alligator and supervise the interaction to ensure it’s done safely. A second employee is on hand to take pictures, so guests don’t have to worry about trying to finagle a selfie.
In addition to these younger alligators, there’s one fully grown gator on site. His name is Pearl, and he’s kept in the museum. Pearl has the honor of being one of the few albino alligators in existence — there are only 40 in the entire country.
The museum is open throughout the day and provides educational content about alligators, but guests will get the most out of it at 5:00 p.m. or after. In the evenings, guided tours of both the museum and beach area are available upon request.
A few of our favorite highlights at Gator Beach include:
Pearl is a truly fine (and large) specimen. Make sure to visit his area so you can behold both his size and beauty up close.
Watch the Baby Alligators
The baby alligators have much more pronounced coloring than those that are just a little bit older, and the hatchlings are also a lot more active. Plan on spending most of your observation time with these little reptiles.
Feed an Alligator
Everyone knows alligators have quick reflexes and powerful jaws, but you get a new appreciation when the gator snatches meat just a few feet from you. You’ll be thankful there’s a barrier to keep you safe.
Hold an Alligator
Despite how powerful these alligators become, you can safely hold a baby one with the guidance of an employee. Get your picture taken, and bring home a souvenir to show your family and friends.
Take the Tours
If you come after 5:00 p.m., ask to go on the beach and museum tours. The tour guides work with these reptiles every day, and they’re a great resource if you have questions about alligators.
– Admission to Gator Beach is free with a purchase at Fudpucker’s restaurant, which is located directly above the beach. Even if you aren’t too hungry, grab a light snack there and come down to the gators afterward.
– Alternatively, Gator Beach can provide great amusement if you’re with hungry and anxious kids. Order your food at Fudpucker’s and then, bring the kids down to see the gators while you wait for your meal. You can always return to see the gators if the kids are still watching when the food arrives.