I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it was going to be just a bunch of gators in water with a few snakes thrown in for good measure. But, it had a ton of things to see and do. I was impressed. All sorts of neat critters including a super fluffy and adorable blonde raccoon, a train ride, a huge water play area for kids, little gators, big gators, gigantic gators, white gators, shows, etc. We had terrible timing with the shows, and the train needed maintenance right before our ride but we still managed to spend several hours checking everything out.
I actually have a picture (somewhere...) of me holding a baby gator when I went as a kid. So, I was really hoping they still did something like that so I could get a picture of Aria holding a baby gator too. If my memory serves me well, the baby gator I was holding was a legit baby gator...just a little thing. When we found the stand where you can take a picture with a gator I was a little thrown off by the size of their 'baby' gator. More like teenage gator?! But we were able to get a family picture with not only teenage gator but also with a snake. Double the fun I guess? Aria wasn't intimidated in the least, and I love that she draped her arm around our gator friend - ha. He was super cute though, and his tummy was very soft.
Another fun addition is that you can feed the gators overpriced hot dogs. We also saw the gator wrestling, fed goats ice cream cones, thought the white gators were awesome looking, heard some male gators making very odd sounds in the mating swamp, and then let Aria get completely soaked even though I didn't bring her bathing suit. It was a great time, but a hot time. We will definitely be back again sometime - perhaps in the cooler months, or again next year for the Florida discount!
Check out the rest of our Spring Bucket List:
[ visit the zoo / try geocaching / have an ice cream date / go to gatorland / make a strawberry dessert / have a picnic at the park / build a sandcastle / try a new park / go bowling ]