You Can Soar Above Live Alligators and Crocodiles at Gatorland in Orlando
Oh snap, does this look fun.
Orlando is for Splash Mountain, Cinderella's Castle, Minnie and Mickey. And...gators.
While the popular destination may be best known for Disney World, thrill-seekers might want to carve out a day – or at least an afternoon– to visit Gatorland. The theme park offers a variety of experiences from "meet-a-gator" hangouts and the "Stompin' Gator Off -Road Adventure" to the "Gator Jumparoo Show" (exactly what it sounds like) and the "Gator Night Shine" evening tours. Our favorite attraction of all? The Screamin' Gator Zip Line. The adrenaline-pumping ride costs $69.99 for adults and children (excluding tax), and has you soaring above 130 alligators in the marsh beneath you. Along the way, you'll also fly above Cuban and Nile crocodiles and soak up scenic views from high above the park. The 1,200 feet of zip line runs at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. Worth noting: The price of your ticket also includes a full-day of admission to Gatorland.
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To ride, you must be at least 37" tall and weigh less than 275 pounds. You'll also have to wear closed-toe shoes to participate and leave your cell phone, camera, or other video recording equipment in a locker for the safety of yourself, other park guests, and animals. Check out a video of the Screamin' Gator Zip Line below.
After you're done zooming through the air, head to the Fudge Kitchen for homemade fudge in tasty flavors like chocolate pecan, chocolate peanut butter, and praline. You've certainly earned it. The park also has a general store stocked with snacks and cold beverages, as well as a coffee shop. (Pearl's Good Eats restaurant is currently closed for renovations.)
Have you been to Gatorland in Orlando before? What's your favorite attraction at the amusement park? Would you be adventurous enough to don a helmet and harness and go on the zip line? We think we'd prefer a fudge-filled sugar rush to the adrenaline rush.