| A visit to 'Gator Country wouldn't
be complete without spending at least half a day at the Gatorland
up to some of the 5,000 alligators in this modest (55 acre)
yet clean and well run nature-themed park.
a working alligator farm which, with the University of Florida,
is now involved in the research and the conservation of the
Started as a road-side
attraction in 1949 by cattle-rancher Owen Godwin, Gatorland
has grown to be one of Orlando's most popular attractions.
For anyone wanting
a break from the noise and glitz of other Orlando attractions,
this low-key venue is ideal.
As well as 'gators
and crocodiles you can see thousands of birds, snakes, emus
and llamas to name but a few, watch alligator wrestling and
ride the miniature Gatorland railway to
see sights hidden from view in the main part of the facility.
Visitors can also walk
through a swamp, untouched by man for thousands of years,
and see what Florida used to look like.
Expect to spend at
least half a day here if you wish to see all the attractions.
Try to arrive before
mid-afternoon or risk missing some of the shows.
is on Hwy 441 at the Orlando/Kissimmee line in South
Orlando, 15-20 minutes away from Walt Disney World, Sea World
and the Orlando International Airport.