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Let's face it: Orlando is not the place for a cheap getaway with the kiddies. But this 110-acre preserve of alligators, crocodiles, snakes, toads, turtles and more is an affordable break from some of the city's more expensive amusements. Watch more than 20 species of birds soar through the sky in the free-flight rookery or wrestle one of the scaly creatures that call Gatorland home in the Gator Wrestlin' Arena.

Prior travelers said visiting White Gator Swamp is a must: It's home to some of the largest white alligators in the world. Other highly recommend paying an additional $10 to feed the gators at Alligator Breeding Marsh. Just be sure to allot enough time for this attraction. Many previous visitors suggest staying two to four hours to see the bulk of the property.

Gatorland, which sits 17 miles south of the city center, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but animal show times may vary by season, so consult the park's website before your visit. LYNX's No. 108 bus stops next to the property, or visitors can drive and park for free in the on-site lot. Compared to the fees charged at other area attractions, tickets here are relatively cheap: Adults ages 13 and older pay an entrance fee of $26.99 per person, while tickets for children (ages 3 to 12) are $18.99 each. Once inside the park, travelers have access to restrooms, multiple eateries, zip lines, two playgrounds, a gift shop and various animal exhibits. Additional charges apply for food and souvenir purchases, select experiences and stroller and wheelchair rentals.

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#1 Walt Disney World Resort Excessive, exhausting and expensive, Walt Disney World Resort is above all else enchanting. Composed of four theme parks (the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal ... Read more » Handout / Handout / Getty Images

#2 Universal Orlando Resort Whether you're traveling with little ones, teenagers, friends or your significant other, odds are you'll find something to enjoy at Universal Orlando Resort. This sprawling entertainment area features ... Read more » Brett Kiger / Flickr

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#4 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex As much a part of Orlando's culture as Mickey and Minnie, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is another alternative to the city's crowded theme parks. Though it ... Read more » Purdue9394 / Getty Images

#5 SeaWorld Orlando While Mickey's house and Harry's wizarding world are certainly magical, many vacationers find Shamu's lair equally enchanting. And if you're short on time, you might want ... Read more » jimfeng / Getty Images

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#7 The Mall at Millenia Popular brands like Apple and H&M rub elbows with high-end boutiques like Prada and Versace at the The Mall at Millenia. Providing a nice change of pace from the overpriced ... Read more » inazakira / Flickr

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#9 I-Drive The International Drive Resort Area is one of Orlando's most diverse regions to visit. Situated less than 10 miles southwest of downtown Orlando, this area features a variety of ... Read more » Philipp Meier / Flickr

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