Whether we like it or not, alligator season has arrived in the Lone Star State and it has brought many gators, as well as other reptiles, out of the woodworks. For many this might be frightening, but, in reality, seeing one of these creepy crawlies up-close and personal is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that plenty of locals enjoy. There's no better place to do that than at an alligator sanctuary near Houston, where precautions are taken to make sure everyone has a safe and fun time.

Gator Country doubles as an alligator sanctuary and adventure park in Beaumont, Texas, just a short drive from Houston.

They have over 450 American alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles, making the park the largest of its kind in Southeast Texas.

"For many years, we have worked with our local and state authorities and the general public to be the one and the only sanctuary for nuisance alligators to reside in Texas," says Gator Country's website.

"Here at Gator Country, we provide a comfortable home and adequate care for the animals for the rest of their lives."

Thanks to the precautions they've taken over the years, Texans as well as tourists get the opportunity of a lifetime.

Gator Country is normally open from daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., though they advise you arrive by 4 p.m. for the best experience as entry will not be permitted past 4:30 p.m.

Adults (13+) pay $16 for admission and children pay $13.

The adventure package is offered from March to September for $22 for kids and adults and includes an educational show, hands-on experience, one bag of feed, a picture with a large snake or lizard and wading with gators.

Boat swamp tours are also offered, and you can find more information about them here.

You're in for a real treat at Gator Country!

Gator Country

Price: $13 - $22

Address: 21159 Fm 365 Rd., Beaumont, TX

Why You Need To Go: There's no better time to check Gator Country out than during gator season in Texas.

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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