The Everglades Alligator Farm offers an opportunity to learn true facts about alligators. This farm, on the outskirts of Miami, is a once in a lifetime chance to experience the thrill of a close encounter with these mysterious creatures.
It is located on the outskirts of the Everglades National Park and, upon entry to the farm, you will see alligators in a rustic environment. This farm contains over 3,000 alligators, which include American, Nile and Orinoco species. There is an observation deck, as well as numerous well-placed paths, which makes it possible to have an excellent view of the area.
It is possible to hold a baby alligator and attend an excellent show complete with handlers presenting several demonstrations such as sitting on the backs of alligators, holding their mouths open or showing capture techniques. You can stand close to a fence for the twice-daily feedings of these huge animals as they come ashore to eat. In addition to the alligators there is a large collection of exotic snakes located on Snake Island. There are also shows, which involve handling of these dangerous snakes. In some instances, a visitor is invited to actually pet one.
Highlight of the farm is its airboat rides. Aboard an airboat, you ride through canals near the farm that are filled with saw grass. With the wind in your hair, you fly across the water and are able to observe various forms of wildlife in the area. On occasion, you may see a large turtle, birds or other animals that reside there.
The prices: With the Airboat Ride: $23 for adults, $15 for children 4 to 11. Children under 4 are admitted free. Alligator Farm Shows Only: $15.50 for adults, $10.50 for children 4-11. Children under 4 are free. It is possible to obtain a discount by purchasing tickets on their website.