Drive-Thru Gator Park

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Wildwood, Florida

According to GatorWorld founder Don Buckner, tourists visit Florida for three reasons -- and one of them is to see alligators. He decided that what Florida needed was an attraction that made gator-viewing quick, easy, and relatively cheap. A drive-thru gator park seemed like an ideal solution. The never-leave-your-vehicle approach would also free Florida gator-watchers from having to brave Florida's outdoor heat, rain, and bugs.


The park, covering 15 acres, opened on October 9, 2017. A gravel road winds around fenced-in roadside ponds, ringed with lounging areas for the park's 400+ gators. The alligators were not there when the park was built; they were imported from Florida trappers and breeding farms.

For those willing to exit their air-conditioned cars (and pay more money), GatorWorld provides an outdoor area where visitors can feed small alligators with a fishing pole, and pose for photos with its largest resident, "Big Al."

Drive-Thru Gator Park

GatorWorld Parks of Florida

492 W. Hwy 44, Wildwood, FL
GatorWorld Parks of Florida. I-75 exit 329. Drive west on Hwy 44 for about 1.5 miles. Entrance on the right.
Mid-March - Oct. M-Sa 9:30-5:30; Nov. - mid-March 9:30-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $22, 3-12 $11
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