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For more than 60 years, Gatorland has been creating Fun, Smiles, and Special Memories for millions of visitors who have entered through its world-famous gator mouth entrance. Located between Orlando and Kissimmee on the South Orange Blossom Trail, Gatorland is one of Central Florida's classic attractions, and provides a unique and natural alternative to the larger theme parks of today. Founded by the late Owen Godwin in 1949, and still privately owned by his family today, Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining "Old Florida" charm with exciting, new exhibits and entertainment, making us Orlando's best half day attraction ®.

Known internationally as the "Alligator Capital of the World ®," Gatorland provides affordable family fun showcasing thousands of alligators and crocodiles including four extremely rare leucistic "white" alligators. The free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one of a kind animal shows, natural alligator breeding marsh, and the "thrilling" Screamin' Gator Zip Line will ensure your day will be filled with Fun, Smiles and Special Memories!


  • 1949 - 1964

    The Florida Wildlife Institute opens featuring alligators and snakes. It becomes the first major attraction in Central Florida.

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  • 1965 - 1980

    The Iron Horse Steam Engine makes its maiden run. Children and adults enjoy tours of the park aboard the miniature, open-air locomotive.

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  • 1981 - 1999

    Gatorland is the only place worldwide where alligators have been successfully artificially inseminated.

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  • 2000 - 2012

    After transporting over 7.5 million guests, the theme park retires the Iron-Horse Steam Engine locomotive.

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