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Gatorland – The Price of Admission


At press time, admission prices (including tax) were as follows:

Adults: $24.99
Children (3 to 12): $16.99

Annual passes are $45.99 and $31.99 (tax not included), for adults and kids, respectively. You can upgrade to the annual pass before leaving the park on the day of your visit. If you think you will return within a year, this is a good deal. I suspect it will appeal most to bird watchers and nature photography buffs, who will find plenty to keep them occupied at various times of the year. Gatorland's annual pass is good only for admission to the park. It does not give you a discount on food or at the gift shop, nor does it allow you to bring in guests at a discount.

Gatorland offers a couple of upgraded admission options for the deeply gator-obsessed. The "Grunt" Package ($32 adults, $25 kids) combines park admission with railroad rides, one "Rookie Wrestlin'" experience (photos extra), and a package of gator chow. "Gator Night Shine" ($20) is an after-hours guided tour of the breeding marsh; gator food, flashlights, and bug spray are provided. "Trainer for a Day" ($125, age 12 and up only, 5 people max) is the ultimate two-hour backstage tour, featuring hands-on encounters with several "creepy crawlers." All special tours must be booked in advance via website or telephone.


Serious nature photographers will be especially interested in the $100 Annual Photo Pass. From February to July, this pass allows holders to enter the park at 7:30 a.m. and stay until dusk on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This enables access to the Alligator Breeding Marsh and Bird Sanctuary and the Swamp Walk (both described below) when conditions for photography are at their best and there's no risk of tripods being knocked over by hordes of tourists.

Discounts

Members of AAA, CAA (Canadian Automobile Association), AARP, and the military receive a 20% discount on admission. Also check the Gatorland website, where tickets can be purchased online, for additional discount offers. Discounts cannot be combined. Gatorland also offers a series of special discount offers to Florida residents, so locals should inquire about current offerings.

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