Normally when we think of gators the south comes to mind. Here in the desert, alligators aren't a thing. But, if you want to get a taste of the swamp and see what one looks like up close, you should head over to the Odysea Aquarium in Arizona.
For a limited time, you'll be able to see the country's biggest alligator outside of Florida on display. He's only here until April of 2020, so if you want to check him out over winter, you can.
Mighty Mike is an astounding 14-feet long and weighs a whopping 800 pounds! That's one big gator.
To give you an idea of how big he is, Mike is longer than most cars!
With a single gulp, he can devour an entire turkey. We definitely wouldn't want to see that grocery bill.
Included in a general admission ticket is the chance to see Mike. Adult tickets start at $39.95.
You'll find that the aquarium has free parking and that there are many other activities like Ocean Art, SeaTrek, and more to enjoy while you're there.
Throughout the year, adults 21 years and older can also go to a boozy adult-only event. During the Fish & Sips fun, you'll be able to sip on your favorite boozy drink and have happy hour amongst the fish. Tickets are $25 per person.
Since Odysea is the largest aquarium in the Southwest, you can expect to see many different kinds of sea creatures like penguins, stingrays, and more in the desert.
Whether you're an animal lover or just want to see a huge gator, this under-the-sea experience will be a blast. And if you're new to Arizona, you can check out some of the must-sees around the state. They surely won't disappoint.
Price: Exhibition to see Mike is included in a GA ticket, prices start at $39.95 per adult person
When: Now until April
Address: 9500 East Vía de Ventura Suite A-100, Scottsdale, Arizona
Why You Need To Go: You can see a massive alligator + loads of other cute sea critters.
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