If you’re hoping to see an alligator on your next Orlando vacation, you’re in luck. Over 1 million alligators call Florida home. In fact, alligators are potentially lurking in any body of water you come across in Florida. While they may look as if they are smiling, these toothy reptiles have their own definition of hospitality. With powerful jaws and up to 80 teeth, it’s best to keep a respectful distance. Instead of searching for gators on your own, we recommend enjoying guided animal encounters. Check out these three awesome options for safely observing alligators in Central Florida.
Spend the Day at Gatorland
Home to 2,000 alligators as well as several crocodiles, Gatorland is the ultimate Orlando attraction for an interactive gator experience. Check out the alligator habitats and breeding marsh, then watch educational shows, gator wrestling, and even get a chance to feed the hungry reptiles. You can also get an aerial view of the gator swamp as you zoom by on the 1,200 foot zip line.
Take an Airboat Ride in Lake Tohopekaliga
To see alligators in their natural habitat, try an airboat ride. Not far from International Drive, Spirit of the Swamp offers tours of the Florida swamps and marshes. As you glide along the water, your captain will help you search for gators of all sizes and the animals they share their home with including turtles, eagles, snakes, and fish. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a mama gator with her babies. Hatchlings, after a 63 to 68 day incubation period, typically emerge mid-August or early September.
Visit the Orlando Science Center
If you prefer to stay indoors and air conditioned during your alligator encounter, visit the Orlando Science Center. Head to the NatureWorks exhibit in level 1 to see the indoor cypress swamp stocked with fish, turtles, and baby gators. This is an excellent way for young children to safely see alligators while enjoying other hands-on fun. Check the schedule for encounters led by the animal keepers for a chance get up close and personal with the gators and other Florida wildlife.
Relax at Your Orlando Hotel
Once you’re done gator watching, come home to Rosen Inn. Bask in the sun on the deck or go for a swim in the crystal-clear pool. When it’s time for dinner, check out Shogun Japanese Steakhouse right next door where you can enjoy seafood, meat, and vegetarian teppanyaki dishes made right before your eyes. To book your stay, call 407-996-4444.