We are getting ready for another great Gator Week in May 2018!


It’s no secret Wild Florida knows a thing or two about alligators. To share this knowledge and passion with visitors, we will host Gator Week May 1st through the 6th and offer FREE admission to our Gator and Wildlife Park all week long!

To many, alligators are simply fierce carnivores on the hunt, but that’s not actually the case. Like many misunderstood creatures, myths develop based on a lack of knowledge. It is because of this Wild Florida decided to dedicate an entire week to educating and debunking many common myths surrounding these reptiles through live demonstrations and interactive experiences. There will also be plenty of fun photo-ops and guest appearances made by some popular inhabitants of our Gator and Wildlife Park.

So join us for a week full of fun events! When you are planning your day, make sure to leave room for a buffet, which will be taking place every day in the Cypress Ballroom for $24.99 per person from 11:30am to 2:00pm, along with a showing of Lake Placid (edited for all ages) every day in the ballroom from 3:30 to 5:00pm. We’ll see you then!



Mission

To promote education, conservation and eliminate detrimental myths about alligators.



Photos



Alligator Myth DEBUNKED: Alligators CAN bite underwater!


If you live in Florida (or anywhere that has alligators, really), you’ve probably heard your fair share of “foolproof” ways to scare off or escape from alligators, by running in a zigzag pattern, etc. We’re not sure who started these myths, but one is if you dive under water, an alligator won’t bite you…

This is completely false. Don’t believe us? Check out our YouTube video to watch the Wild Florida team test the myth for ourselves!


 The Legend of Dead River


Florida is known for its beaches and theme parks, but there’s another side of Florida you probably didn’t know about. Before Florida was known as one of the U.S.’s top tourist destinations, it used to be one of the top states in beef production. Unlike ranching today, the ranchers back then didn’t have the convenience of modern technology and Google Maps to help guide them through the acres of swamp and farmland when moving their herds across the state. The story – legend, rather – goes something like this… It’s believed that in 1913, two cowboys rode into one of the rivers that feeds into Lake Cypress to look for their two cracker cows that had gone missing. They never returned, and legend has it that a 20-foot alligator attacked and killed them during their search. To read more, check out Wild Florida’s blog on the tale: http://blog.wildfloridairboats.com/braving-the-legend-of-dead-river-at-wild-florida



Partners

Sawgrass Recreational Park

Westgate Resorts - Gator Week Partner


Coco Key Water Resort - Gator Week Partner

Encantada

Floridays Resort - Gator Week


Avanti Resort - Gator Week

Medieval Times - Gator Week Partner