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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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