Alligator Farm, Saint Augustine
We love watching the alligators and decided to visit this zoo though it was a bit of a hike from Orlando. It was well worth the effort and we would certainly visit it again if we stay in Florida again. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is one of the oldest attractions in Florida and first opened its doors in 1893. It moved to its present location in the 1920s and has expanded since. It is the only zoo in the world to exhibit every species of crocodilian when it celebrated its centenary. It is a place to amble and watch the alligators, watching you, as if you are their next snack. There are a number of shows each day including feeding the alligators. Besides the alligators there are other animals including a komono dragon, lemurs, birds and snakes. There are also the obligatory zip lines with a choice of two different routes with one being longer and higher. The zoo is open 365 days a year from 9am to 5pm in the winter and 6pm in the summer.
We recently got back from the Alligator Farm and we were extremely disappointed. First, admission was over $20 per person. Then, we walk in and the whole place stinks worse than a regular zoo. The selection of different animals to view was incredibly small. Besides alligators and crocodiles, there really is not a point in going to this zoo. If you want a more fun zoo at a cheaper cost go to the Jacksonville Zoo. You will have a much better time.
So you're ready to give up on trying to spot gators in the wild? Then head on down to the Alligator Farm! Alligator Farm is chock full of Gators, but not just gators. There are also several species of exotic birds such as vultures and macaws, and there are a bunch of different monkeys and turtles and things like that. This is actually a pretty cool place to visit, as you will get really close to all these animals. The habitats are nicely laid out, you can feed the gators, and have a beer while doing it. Don't miss the Gator show, when they feed the beasts!
A fully accredited American Zoo & Aquarium Association facility, the St Augustine Alligator Farm & Zoological Park houses a number of rare animals, but is also the only zoo in the world where all 23 species of crocodiles and alligators are represented. Visitors can stroll the Farm's grounds and see alligators almost everywhere.
On our way from lunch to meet friends in St. Augustine we passed the Alligator Farm. We didn't visit it as I thought of it mostly as a tourist trap. Had I known more about it, I might have been more interested.
Regular Admission Rates
Adults (12 and up) $ 17.95
Children ( Ages 5-11) $ 9.95
Wheelchairs (Adults) $ 8.98
Wheelchairs (Children) $ 4.98
AAA, Military and Senior Citizens
Get a printable discount coupon for 20% off the above admission rates.
Open every day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m
Extended summer hours: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m
The full name for this facility which has has a large salt water crocodile and wading birds in addition to a white namesake alligator is evidently Alligator Farm and Zoological Park
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is one of Florida’s oldest zoological attractions - it was founded in 1893.
According to the website, the Campbell acquisition c 1937, gave the facility specimens from the three oldest alligator attractions in Florida. In the following years, they acquired collections from the North Miami Zoo, the Daytona Beach Alligator Farm, the Daytona Airport Zoo and the Florida Museum of Natural History. The attraction became more than an alligator farm, for it included ostriches, crocodiles, Galapagos Tortoises, a variety of monkeys and birds, and many examples of Florida wildlife. The museum also contained a number of mounted marine and terrestrial specimens.
A nature trail was added to the park in the late 1970s. .. A roofed theater and an open amphitheater were constructed for formal exhibitions of snakes and alligators that included lectures on the reptiles’ habits and behavior. ...the rookery .. is home to wild and unconfined herons, ibis and egrets...
In 1993 the park was expanded to include "Land of Crocodiles". Here, all 23 species of the worlds’ crocodilians are exhibited in individual habitats. ..
If you want to see a whole lot of alligators, and birds, this is the place. It's kind of creepy when you walk by them and they follow you with their eyes. As long as it's not their teeth you're okay..
The Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Has a huge collections of alligators from all over the world--including some rare white alligators. The most exciting part of the park is walking on the suspended walkways through the swamp and getting up close and personal with the wildlife! This is a must see for photographers and bird lovers, too!