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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.

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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