GatorWorld Parks of Florida in Wildwood, FL

492 W HWY 44Wildwood, FL 34785
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Overview

See a whole world of alligators from the comfort of your car, rain or shine. At the end of the drive-through alligator park, you can feed a gator, take your picture with Big Al, and even hold an alligator. Plus, a petting zoo is onsite for guests looking for a tamer activity in Central Florida. Remember to bring your camera for this one-of-a-kind gator experience.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Wildwood Travel Experts
  • Located on State Road 44, right off of I-75.
  • The Everything Wristband lets you hold, feed, and get your picture taken with a gator.
  • Remember to bring a camera.
  • Make sure your car has enough gas to complete the drive-through course.
  • GatorWorld is closed on Sundays and Christmas Day.

Description

from GatorWorld Parks of Florida
Discover old Florida and experience the easiest way to see 400+ alligators in Central Florida in our 15-acre drive-through alligator park. Stay in the comfort of your car, rain or shine, with no walking. You'll see everything from baby gators to massive monsters in our no-kill park.

After the drive-thru, you can get out and see the baby gators, feed some hungry youth gators, and hold a gator. You are free to take as many pictures as you like with your devices. Be sure to take a selfie with Big Al our 13 foot, taxidermied gator. Then head out and enjoy our petting zoo full of lots of farm animals. We've also recently added a new Bunny Barn with plenty of baby bunnies to hold.

We are located one mile west of I-75 on State Road 44, near Wildwood and only 7 miles from The Villages.

Open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm ET Monday through Saturday. Closed on Sunday (Hours of operation may vary).

Reserve Tampa Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Roberta Ells
Winona, MN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Pricey"
August, 2018
This was our 2nd time at Gator World. The first time I got tickets off Groupon and it was just myself and spouse. It was very affordable and we liked it. We ended up taking our daughter because of the animals to pet. She enjoyed the rabbits and goats more than anything, which was a bit pricey for $22. For the amount of things they have and it being in the middle of nowhere I would reduce ticket prices.
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Tip: A bit pricey.

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Reserve Tampa Customer
Dewey, OK
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"It was ok"
June, 2018
There was 5 in our group. From start to finish we was there only 30 min. And only 10 of that was interacting with animals. Cost way to much for very little entertainment.
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Tip: Cost is high. Activities low.

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patricia bevacqua
farmingdale, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"our outing"
April, 2018
We spent a lovely time at GatorWorld in Wildwood...Never saw so many alligators. Kids had fun feeding alligators, goats, chickens,goats and pigs. Also they loved sitting in the rabbit house holding all the rabbits. The staff was friendly and informative. A very successful time.
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Tip: Our children are 11,12,& 13 ..they all said they had a great time.

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Laciemeyer
"Great place for families with young kids!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 13, 2018 NEW
We loved Gator World! Our 4 year old and 1 year old had so much fun seeing the gators and the petting zoo animals. The staff was so friendly, knowledgeable and interactive with us. Our entire family enjoyed this place from Grandma and Grandpa to our toddler. We highly recommend visiting Gator World.
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Extraordinary195761
Port Byron, Illinois
"Illinois"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 08, 2018
Great place to visit workers were very friendly and knowledgeable only been open for a year look forward to to seeing improvement in the near future
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myesia
Eastvale, California
"Fun, Educational, & Relaxing!!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 07, 2018
My wife and I had a few hours to kill before driving to the airport so we decided to visit Gatorworld. We had stayed at a hotel a mile away just off of the interstate so we were the first ones there for the day. Upon driving up to the main gate we followed the road driving past many enclosures with different size gators at a very slow enjoyable pace. Stopping many times to take photos and watch them as they moved around. After the driving tour we pulled up to the petting zoo. One of the workers walked up to us holding a 3 foot gator and asked if we wanted to hold her. We took pictures and asked several questions which he was more than happy to answer. We then took a picture with Big Al, you’ll have to go to find out who that is. Moving on we fed some smaller gators in their enclosure. We then saw the 2 tortoises, goats, pigs, bunnies, and turkey. They told us that they will have their 1 year anniversary in October and they have many plans to expand & grow. The people working there are very nice, friendly, and informative. We’ll go back next time we’re in the area.
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jpersson417
Dunnellon, Florida
"Not the best"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 31, 2018
We took our grandchildren on a day that I later found out was supposed to be free child admission with paid adult. We were charged full price and not told anything about the special. $28 I was overcharged! It was hard to see the gators from the vehicle. The petting zoo was ok. We learned a few things about gators that we didn't know. Overall, not worth the price, and we won't be back.
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DrMike4
"It made our 4-year old's day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 27, 2018
At $22/adult and $14/child, the place is definitely pricey. However, they do have over 400 (excluding staff) mouths to feed and care for! As you drive in, you first see relatively small alligators, perhaps 2+ feet long. Continuing on they get larger and larger. All are in caged pens open to drive-by viewing. Largest is about 14 foot. After parking you enter the viewing area where you have the opportunity to hold (or at least touch ... your preference) a live alligator. PICTURE TIME! The HIGHLIGHT of the place is the feeding station! With nearly 100 alligators in a pen, you (kids at least) have the opportunity to feed them. Staff has a pole with a cord and a straight metal piece on which they put turkey sausage. Staff hands the pole to a child with instructions to HOLD IT TIGHTLY ... IF IT DROPS INTO THE GATOR POND ***YOU*** HAVE TO RETRIEVE IT! The gators LEAP to grab the turkey sausage. Great photo opportunity. They have a petting zoo, complete with at least a dozen varieties of rabbits, some of which ENJOY being brushed by children, goats, pigs, etc. Yes, it's pricey. Compared to a day at Disney, Universal, or Sea World, NOT SO MUCH. On the other hand, it is a 30-45 minute experience compared to a full day, and MUCH CLOSER TO THE VILLAGES, FL.
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Frequently Asked Questions about GatorWorld Parks of Florida

Where is GatorWorld located?
GatorWorld is located one mile west of I-75 on State Road 44, near Wildwood and only 7 miles from The Villages.

What does the Everything Wristband get me?
With the purchase of a wristband, guests can hold a gator, feed a gator, and get their picture taken with a gator in addition to the drive-through course.

Is GatorWorld ideal for all ages?
Yes. With the drive-through portion of the park, you don’t have to leave your car, making it an accessible experience for all. In addition, the park offers a petting zoo for younger children.

What should I bring?
For the ultimate gator experience, bring a camera and capture your memories for a lifetime.

What happens if it rains?
GatorWorld is open rain or shine.

What are the hours of operation?
GatorWorld is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed on Sundays year-round. GatorWorld is closed on Christmas Day, as well.