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Gator Beach free

20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy | Destin, FL | Official website
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  • Type: Beaches, Zoos and Aquariums
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.2)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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For an intimate view of some of Destin's cold blooded inhabitants, head to Gator Beach and get up-close-and-personal with about 100 live alligators. Located within the same complex as Fudpucker's Restaurant, this small exhibit opened in the spring of 2002 with around 80 live alligators, and has steadily grown ever since. In addition to Gator Beach’s daily animal shows, kids can safely touch, hold and feed the (small) alligators, and even get their picture taken with one of the scaly creatures. Perhaps most noteworthy of the reptiles is a rare alligator with unique yellow and black stripes, named "Mellow Yellow."

If visions of large, frightening reptiles come to mind, recent travelers were actually surprised at the small size of the alligators. One TripAdvisor user said, "Holding the gator was fun, and feeding them was really exciting. I was kind of expecting the whole big gator thing, but this was a good time."

Though it's free to see the animals, you must purchase the gator food provided if you're interested in feeding them. Recent travelers suggest going to Gator Beach at lunch, because the alligators are full from being fed all day by dinner. Gator Beach welcomes visitors year round from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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