Yes, Your Kids Can Hold an Alligator!
For several years now, Alligator Alley has been on my To Visit List with the kiddos. I think, I first read about Alligator Alley in Southern Living Magazine. Two facts from the article stuck with me.
- All of the alligators are rescued because they are considered “nuisance animals” that are dangerous to humans.
- Baby alligators are available to hold.
If you’ve read any of my posts about MacGyver, you know why we HAD to visit Alligator Alley! During our family vacation to Florida, we took a short drive from Mobile, Alabama down Highway 59, to hold a real live alligator!
Adorable Wee Little Alligator Babies
The self-guided tour of Alligator Alley begins with the babies. There were piles of them! Miss Enigma exclaimed over and over again, “Adorable, Adorable, Adorable! They’re so adorable!”
Next Up the Big Babies
Yes, there were piles of these guys as well! Miss Enigma was still singing her “Adorable” praises.
The Teenagers Basking in the Sun
Never Fear There Are Great Big Enormous Gators Too!
“Here Gator, Gator, Gator! Hungry for some gator feed?”
The giant alligators are totally free to roam a huge swamp area. However, they are plenty interested in the alligator feed.
This is what we’ve been waiting for!
Other children ran crying from the little alligator. Not my creepy crawly kiddos. They sat right down and Miss Enigma held herself an “Adorable” little alligator! Oh, if she could only take one home.
Hello happy to meet you!
The baby alligator acted fairly calm. I didn’t like the tape much but I guess there’s not much of an option.
Save Your Alligator Food for the Elevated Viewing Platform
The Elevated Viewing Platform winds through the swamp at the back of the property. This area is a real swamp and it is quite large. I was shocked that it did not smell and not one of us got a mosquito bite.
From the platform you can observe over 200 alligators relaxing, sunbathing, courting and nesting.
CAUTION ALLIGATOR CROSSING!
You can even feed the hungry gators. Many are ready to claim their share of the alligator feed. (Don’t forget to save your alligator feed for the viewing platform. We learned the hard way and shared a bit too much food early on.)
Back to the Main Pavilion for Feeding Time
Okay, I couldn’t stomach much of feeding time! I had to excuse myself when the big goat leg thing, still covered in hair, was pulled out of the chest. Sickening! Can’t we pretend that the alligators just eat dog food?
I would consider the feeding guy crazy! These big gators followed him out onto the banks, chomping their jaws.
Some Thoughts on Alligator Alley
- The kiddos had a fabulous time!
- This Alligator Farm is extremely clean! Not one smelly pond on the property. We actually could not believe how clean the baby alligator ponds were. I don’t know how they do it. It’s hard for me to keep my bathtub clean.
- The alligators do NOT live in cages. The alligators have a natural swamp in which to live and plently of room to roam.
- Alligator Alley provides a home for over 200 rescued “nuisance animals.”
- The Gift Shop – I’m just gonna say it . . . It bothered me that the Gift Shop was selling alligator heads. Where do they get those? I also saw signs advertising “Gator Nuggets” sold at a local restaurant. Where do they get those? No, I’m not a vegetarian. No I’m not a member of PETA. But it was a bit unsettling. There I said it.
Things to Know Before You Go
- 20 minutes from IH 10
- 30 minutes from Mobile, AL
- 30 minutes from Gulf Shores, AL
OPEN 6 Days A Week
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CHILDREN-$8 (AGES 4-12) (plus tax)
SENIORS-$8 (65+) (plus tax)
3 AND UNDER ARE FREE