Visiting Florida and want to feed some alligators? Since feeding wild alligators is illegal, you’re best chance of being able to do this is at a facility that has live alligators.
Fortunately, there are number of zoos, mini golf courses and alligator parks in Florida that let you feed their alligators.
The following is a list of places where you can feed alligators:
Congo River Golf:
Address: Altamonte Springs, Bonita Springs, Clearwater, Daytona Beach, East Orlando, Orlando, Kissimmee, Port Richey, FL
Congo River Golf is a mini-golf course that also features live alligators, gem mine and an arcade.
Congo River Golf has eight locations in Florida: Orlando, Daytona Beach, Altamonte Springs, East Orlando, Kissimmee, Clearwater, Bonita Springs and Port Richey.
Each location features an alligator exhibit that houses more than 25 American alligators (except for the Bonita Springs location which was ordered by the city to house caimans instead of alligators).
Visitors can feed the alligators using a feeding pole and can have their photo taken while doing so.
Congo River Golf is owned by Giorgio Vozza.
Everglades Alligator Farm:
Address: 40351 SW 192nd Ave, Homestead, FL
The Everglades Alligator Farm is an alligator park in Homestead that is home to more than 2,000 American alligators. The park also features airboat tours and live alligator shows.
For an extra fee, visitors can take part in the Alligator Encounter which is a one-hour tour designed for alligator fans.
During the Alligator Encounter tour, visitors can meet some baby alligators, hold a small three-foot-long alligator and even feed some of the 250 alligators in the breeding pond. Admission to the park is included in the price of the Alligator Encounter tour.
The Everglades Alligator Farm is owned by Deborah and Charles Thibos.
Address: 14501 S Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL
Gatorland is a theme park and wildlife preserve in Orlando that features thousands of American alligators, including rare white alligators. The park features live alligator shows, a nighttime alligator tour, a zip line and a petting zoo.
Visitors to the park can purchase specially-made Gator Chow to feed to the alligators in the park.
To get the most out of your visit, visitors can purchase the Greater Gator Package which includes admission to the park, an alligator meet & greet, unlimited rides on the Gatorland Express train and free gator chow to feed the alligators.
In 2021, Orlando Magazine named Gatorland a “can’t miss” Florida attraction and in 2022, Orlando Weekly named Gatorland the number one best attraction in Orlando that is not a theme park and US News Travel named it one of the top 20 things to do in Orlando with kids.
If you want to visit Gatorland to feed the alligators and would like to save money on tickets, check out this article on Gatorland discount tickets.
Gatorland was founded by Owen Godwin in 1949.
Address: 20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
Gator Beach is an alligator park located at Fudpucker’s restaurant in Destin that is home to over 100 American alligators including rare albino alligators. The park features live alligator shows and a baby alligator exhibit.
The alligators at the park are juveniles, between about two and five years of age, so they are not that large and not as dangerous as full grown adult alligators.
Visitors to the park can also feed live alligators in the main pond area by attaching some specially formulated gator food to a cane pole and dangling it over the pond. Visitors also have the opportunity to hold a small alligator and have their photo taken with it.
Gator Beach and Fudpuckers is owned by Chester Kroeger and Tim Edwards.
Golf N Gator:
Address: 6355 N Atlantic Ave, Cape Canaveral, FL
Golf N Gator is a mini golf course in Cape Canaveral that also features a gem mine, go-kart track and over 30 live American alligators.
The alligator ponds are located at various locations along the golf course so you can actually view alligators while golfing.
Visitors to the attraction can also hold a baby alligator and have their photo taken with it and they can feed the adult alligators in the ponds.
Golf N Gator is owned by David and Alison Kabboord.
Gator Golf Adventure Park:
Address: 6586 International Drive, Orlando, FL
Gator Golf Adventure Park is a mini golf course in Orlando that features an alligator lagoon in the middle of the course with over 200 American alligators.
The park also features live alligator wrestling and feeding shows and the opportunity to have their photo taken with an alligator. Visitors to the park can also purchase baby gator food or adult gator food to feed to the alligators.
Gulf Breeze Zoo:
Address: 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL
Gulf Breeze Zoo is a 50-acre zoo in Gulf Breeze that is home to nearly 1,000 animals including American alligators and even rare albino alligators.
Between April and October, visitors to the park can purchase alligator biscuits at the gift shop to feed to the alligators.
In addition to alligator feeding, the park also offers the chance to feed a giraffe, a Scottish highland cow, and a camel.
In 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture filed a complaint against the owners of the Gulf Breeze Zoo, Eric Mogensen and his daughter Meghan Mogensen, for multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act at the Gulf Breeze Zoo and two other zoos they own in Virginia.
As a result, Meghan Mogensen plead guilty to an act of animal cruelty that occurred at a different zoo and spent a month in jail.
Gulf Breeze Zoo is accredited by the Zoological Association of America.
Address: 4708 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL
(Note: alligator exhibit is currently closed for construction)
Kissimmee Go-Karts is a go-kart track in Kissimmee that also features a live alligator exhibit and an arcade with over 50 arcade games.
Visitors to the park can feed the alligators in the alligator exhibit by attaching food to a pole and dangling it into the exhibit.
Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf:
Address: Bradenton, Fort Myers, Madeira, Indian Shores, Sarasota, FL
Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf is a mini golf course that features caves, pirate ships, waterfalls and live alligators.
Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf has five locations: Sarasota, Bradenton, Indian Shores, Madeira Beach and Fort Myers.
Each Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf course features an Educational American Alligator Exhibit that is home to 20 to 30 American alligators. Visitors can actually feed the alligators using cane fishing poles.
Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf is owned by George Schiavone.
St Augustine Alligator Farm:
Address: 999 Anastasia Blvd. St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine Alligator Farm is a historic zoo in St. Augustine and is the only zoo in the world that displays all 23 crocodilian species, including rare albino American alligators.
Visitors to the park can purchase gator biscuits from coin-operated machines throughout the park to feed to the alligators.
For an extra fee, visitors can also hold a baby alligator, pet a sloth or a giant tortoise or zip line over the alligators in the park.
If you would like to visit the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and want to save money on tickets, check out this article on St. Augustine Alligator Farm discount tickets.
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
John Brueggen is the director and general manager of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
Address: 9008 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL
Zoo World is a 5-acre zoo in Panama City that features exotic animals such as alligators, giraffes, lions, sloths, lemurs and kangaroos.
The zoo sells alligator feed buckets which visitors can use to feed the 80 alligators in the zoo.
The zoo also offers other animal encounter experiences such as the Australian Experience, Sloth Experience, Lemur Experience, Alligator Experience, Giraffe Feeding Experience and Budgie Bush Feeding Experience.
Zoo World is accredited by the Zoological Association of America.
Zoo World is owned by Kayte Hogan.
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