From manatees to dolphins and even sharks, you'd be surprised what wildlife you can actually swim with in the Sunshine State. If you've ever wanted to really take a walk on the wild side, swimming with gators is easily one of the most unique things to do in Florida.

Christopher Gillette, known more commonly by his social media name Crocodile Chris, offers a one-of-a-kind experience that only the bravest of the brave would try: a chance to get up close and personal with an alligator on a swim tour.

Just what all does this tour entail? That entirely depends on you and how you set up your visit.

However, you'll find yourself in the water with Chris, one massive scaley boy who goes by the name Casper, and about 10-15 other gators in a 30,000-gallon aquatic habitat.

Casper is the largest gator, stretching nearly 10 feet long, weighing in at a massive 250 lbs. 

The water can be a little chilly, so they recommend bringing a wetsuit; if you don't have one though, a swimsuit is fine. They'll provide the mask, snorkel, and weight belt.

You won't be touching this dino of the deep, as the tour is observation-only. However, Gillette also has some insane photography skills and offers the option to add on his photo services to forever capture your adrenaline-fueled adventure.

The experience is all done through The Everglades Outpost in Homestead — which has breathtaking nature views all its own.

Safety is super important, so only 1 person can go in at a time and you must be 18 or older to participate.

Offered only a few days each month, the Gator Boy himself has new openings coming up for a swim with Casper. The next available dates are January 24, 25, 31 and February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22.

If you've ever wanted to swim with a gator, now's your chance! Gillette lists his credentials on his website, including additional info about tour offerings, safety, and breathtaking photos.

If you don't think you'll be swimming with this beast, we understand — it is a wild animal. Chris shares his work at The Everglades and with Casper on Instagram under the handle @gatorboys_chris.

His 12 plus years of experience with Casper is obvious; you can see a little of Casper's personality as he gives Chris kisses and holds his hand.

Maybe gators aren't so scary after all!

Gator Boy Chris Swim Tour

Price: Varies depending on what you want. You can get a quote by e-mailing Chris at

When: Booking is available month by month. Current bookable dates are January 24, 25, 31 and February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22.

Address: The Everglades Outpost — 35601 SW 192nd Ave., Homestead, FL

Why You Need To Go: Get close to a stunning gator, swimming with them at The Everglades. Your experienced guide will even take breathtaking photos of you to commemorate your swim on the wild side for a lifetime.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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