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Gatorland can hook you up with the wildest photography in Orlando

by Susan and Simon Veness

The popular Gatorland Photographers Pass has returned, for a limited time, giving participants exclusive access to the park’s wild birds on select dates in March, April, and May, 2022.

Gatorland Photographers Pass
Photos by Matt Roseboom

The special photography program allows 7 a.m. access to the park, before opening to the general public, and it is during those first few early hours that a unique habitat filled with wading bird rookeries really springs to life.

Photographers can capture memorable shots of more than 20 species of birds, many of which are on the Endangered or Species of Special Concern lists, as they nest, forage, and roost in one of Florida’s largest, most successful, and most accessible rookeries.

Gatorland rookery

Created in 1991, Gatorland’s Bird Rookery lines the banks of the 110-acre park’s alligator breeding marsh, and a specially built boardwalk provides birders and photographers the kind of up-close access that leads to incredible snapshots, from a safe but accessible distance.

Gatorland Photographers Pass dates for March, April, and May, 2022 are:

  • March 19
  • March 27
  • April 2
  • April 10
  • April 17
  • April 22
  • April 30
  • May 8
  • May 13
  • May 21

Participants will be allowed to enter Gatorland’s South Entrance at 7 a.m. for three hours of photo-taking and bird watching. The program concludes at 10 a.m. and late stays will not be allowed.

Foraging bird

Although the Gatorland Photographers Pass events each run from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., participants will be allowed to exit prior to 10 a.m. through the main gift shop exit, if they so desire.

Reservations are $25 plus tax, per person, per date, and can be made online at least 24 hours in advance. Availability is limited, and all tickets are date-specific and nontransferable.

A special Birding Seasonal Pass is also available at $125 per person, plus tax.

Groups of 15 or more can make a booking for a Private Group experience on select dates, by prior arrangement through [email protected].  

For more information or to make a Gatorland Photographers Pass booking, visit Gatorland.com.

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