Join us for May 24 – 29, 2021!


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 American 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. 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 be plenty of fun photo-ops and guest appearances made by some popular inhabitants of our Gator Park.

The best part is, we’ll be offering everyone who brings in loose change or coins as a donation FREE admission to our Gator Park during Gator Week! Join us May 24 – 29 for Gator Week, where you and your family can enjoy a week full of gator-themed activities and demonstrations. Check out our daily schedule and the activities we have planned throughout the week:

Gator Week Schedule

Exotic Animal Show – During our regularly scheduled Exotic Animal Show performances, we’ll focus our segments on different types of crocodilians. For instance, we will bring out a Nile, caiman, albino and regular American alligators. In addition to an educational seminar, we’ll also have alligator calling contests and Q&A trivia.

Gator Feeding Show – We all have our favorite foods, but what about alligators? We’re going inside our Gator Pond to find out what the alligator’s favorite food is during our feeding show and see what type of food makes our gators really jump. We’ll also demonstrate the power behind an alligator’s bite by watching them crush melons!

Crusher Show – Crusher is the largest alligator at Wild Florida, weighing close to 1,000 pounds and measuring up to 13 feet long. While you learn more about Crusher and his unique personality, our Croc Squad will demonstrate the different commands he’s learned along with seeing how powerful his bite is with different foods.

Alligator Expert – Despite their tough exterior, alligators and crocodiles get sick just the same as we do. Join us in the Gator Pavilion at 1 p.m. to meet an alligator expert to hear about the different ailments they experience and how they are treated.

Check out our daily schedule to see what activities will take place during this day!

Gator Jumpathon Contest – 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 water and into the air. Meet our team in our Gator Pavilion at 1 p.m. to see what it’s like to jump for your food like an alligator!

Check out our daily schedule to see what activities will take place during this day!

Gator Eating Contest – Unleash your inner alligator with our first-ever alligator eating contest! Meet our team at the Gator Pavilion at 2 p.m. to go head-to-head with other participants as you compete to see who can eat a green pie the fastest WITHOUT using your hands! 

Live Band – If you ever need to cool off and take a break from the activities, the Celery City String Band will be playing live music throughout the day under our Gator Pavilion.

Gator Cake Contest – Bring out your inner baker and love for alligators in our first-ever Gator Cake contest! Sign up through our online form to bake and bring in a cake designed by you that shows how much you love alligators! After our panel of judges review the design of your cakes, we’ll give our top three selection’s prizes for their hard work and love for these scaly creatures!

National Alligator Day – Earlier this year, we helped establish National Alligator Day to be recognized annually on May 29,  giving alligators the official recognition they deserve! To celebrate, we’re throwing a huge 1st birthday party throughout our Gator Park. We’re pulling out all the stops with balloons, cupcakes and more to celebrate the 1st EVER National Alligator Day.

Live Band – If you ever need to cool off and take a break from the activities, the Celery City String Band will be playing live music throughout the day under our Gator Pavilion.

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Mission

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



Wild Florida Fan Photo - Gator Week
Wild Florida Fan Photo - Gator Week

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Wild Florida Fan Photo - Gator Week


Wild Florida Fan Photo - Gator Week


Wild Florida Fan Photo - Gator Week
Wild Florida Fan Photo - Gator Week


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!