Join us for Gator Week May 6 – 11!
It’s no secret Wild Florida knows a thing or two about alligators. To share this knowledge and passion with visitors, our team will host a one-of-a-kind event centered around one of Florida’s most recognizable, yet misunderstood animals… the alligator!
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 along with some of their reptile cousins 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 Park.
Join us May 6th through the 11th for our 3rd Annual Gator Week, where you and your family can enjoy a week full of gator-themed activities and demonstrations. And, the best part is, we’ll be offering everyone FREE admission to our Gator Park during Gator Week!
Monday, May 6 – Gator Smash Demo
- See the power of an alligator’s and crocodile’s bite and time their reflexes through a bite demonstration with fruits and vegetables.
- Later that day, Wild Florida will host its first ever “gator water polo” game in the Gator Pond.
Tuesday, May 7 – Best Gator Call and “Clock-the-Croc” Competition
- Just like a cat or a dog, alligators make a very distinct sound. But luckily for you, their sound is easy enough to replicate that everyone can become a gator call master!
- Join us at 12:00 p.m. in our Exotic Animal Pavilion to compete (or watch) our 2nd Annual Gator Call competition. Not only will the winner take home bragging rights for being the best gator caller but they will also take home a special prize from one of our sponsors!
- Stick around as we’ll also hold our first ever “Clock-the-Croc” race, where we’ll measure one of our crocodile’s speed in and out of water.
Wednesday, May 8 – Bite Force Comparison
- You might know that alligators have a strong bite. But just how strong is it?
- Join us at our Gator Feeding Show pavilion as we’ll measure the bite force of our snapping turtle, freshwater crocodile, alligator, and caiman.
- After the bite force test, stop by the Chomp House Grill as the Wild Florida team tries to break the world record for longest gator po’ boy!
Thursday, May 9 – Gator Jumpathon
- People often think alligators can only hunt for food that happens to go for a swim, but their powerful tails can help propel half of their body out of the air.
- Join us at our Gator Pond at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to see just how high our alligators can jump!
- After each Gator Jumpathon, we’ll then give guests the opportunity to jump like a gator themselves and participate in the first-ever “Gator Jump Competition.”
- In between all the gator-themed activities for the day, there will also be bounce houses available for kids to enjoy!
Friday, May 10 – ‘Gator Night Life’
- Everyone might be used to seeing alligators during the day, but what about at night?
- Wild Florida will stay open after dark and do a special gator feeding show with their biggest alligator, Crusher.
- We’ll also host another Wild Paint Night Out with our albino alligators, Snowflake and Blizzard! Along with painting these albino beauties, guests can also enjoy a delicious buffet dinner.
- But don’t limit yourself to just seeing alligators inside our Gator Park!
- For one night only, we’ll be offering discounted night airboat tours to give everyone a unique experience of seeing how wild the swamp is in the moonlight.
Saturday, May 11 – “Gator Slush Rush”
- Capping off another year of Gator Week, there will be a Gator Week Corn Hole and Gator Slushy Drinking Competition, where the winner from each competition will win a special prize.
To promote education, conservation and eliminate detrimental myths about alligators.
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 underwater, 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!