There are probably two animals that spring to mind when thinking of Florida, and each are considerably old and massive. One is a giant mouse, and the other, a modern-day dinosaur! For the latter, you can experience these toothy predators at a number of different exciting excursions across The Sunshine State. At Gatorland Orlando, their nighttime adventure will have you facing hungry alligators in the dark with nothing but a flashlight.

This thrilling nighttime tour will take you on a trek through the park under the cover of darkness, where you’ll experience a side of Florida’s wildlife rarely seen elsewhere.

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What is the tour actually like?

The tour is fun, educational, and a great way to get your adrenaline pumping.

Armed with a flashlight, you’ll traverse the winding boardwalk trails of the Alligator Breeding Marsh.

As you shine your flashlight over the waters, you’ll notice a horde of glowing red eyes drawing closer to you in the darkness.

From the safety of the elevated boardwalk, you’ll even get a chance to feed the gators and watch them munch on the food in the churning waters.

How long is the tour?

The tour lasts about an hour to an hour and a half.

It begins at dusk, and attendees are asked to meet at the south end of the parking lot.

This nighttime adventure is available every week from Tuesday through Sunday.

From January through March 10, the tour begins at 6:30 p.m., March 11 through April 1 at 7:30 p.m., April 2 through August 31 at 8:30 p.m., September 1 through November 4 at 7:30 p.m., and November 4 through January 1 at 6:30 p.m.

What does the tour cost?

Reservations are required to attend, and it costs $24.99 per person.

A minimum of 5 people is needed for the tour to run, with a maximum of 25.

Other than a sense of adventure and an iron will you won’t have to worry about bringing anything along with you on this thrilling adventure.

Gatorland will provide all the necessary materials to get the most out of your experience, including flashlights, gator food, and insect repellant.

Gator Night Shine

Price: $24.99

When: Every week Tuesday through Sunday nights

Address: 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL

Why You Need To Go: This thrilling nighttime adventure will have you facing off against hungry alligators with nothing but a flashlight.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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