GatorWorld Parks of Florida recently opened its gates on Oct. 9 as Central Florida’s newest reptile-based tourist attraction. Located in Sumter County on State Route 44 near I-75, the 15-acre park features a scenic drive-through offering prime viewing of more than 400 alligators in their natural Florida habitat.
After entering GatorWorld Parks of Florida through the main gateway, visitors drive through the park on a gravel roadway, which provides views of the gators lounging in pools behind protective fencing. The specially-constructed pools are surrounded by common areas for the gators to wander, simulating their natural environment.
At the end of the drive-through course, visitors can feed alligators from a raised platform, dangling specially designed poles over a swirling collection of young gators. Other family-friendly activities at the park include safely holding a gator and exploring the petting zoo, home to Elvis the goat and Biscuit the bunny.
“We’re thrilled to open this unique adventure park that we’ve specifically designed to showcase one of Florida’s unique wonders — that of seeing and engaging with alligators in a real-life setting,” explained GatorWorld Parks of Florida developer Don Buckner. “In addition to the entertainment aspect of our park, we’re proud to serve as a rescue and relocation facility for alligators.”
The entry fee for the drive-through park is $9 per adult, with various discounts for veterans, children and seniors. Park hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, and 7 p.m. in summer. GatorWorld Parks of Florida is closed Sundays. For complete pricing details and information about package rates, please visit the website at GatorWorldParks.com.