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Free Gator and Wildlife Park admission returns with Gator Week!

Posted by Sam Haught on Apr 3, 2018 11:41:54 PM
During our first Gator Week, we experienced record-breaking jumps, powerful bites and... serious fun. As summer approaches, the time for family vacations is upon us. But, before school breaks, we celebrate Gator Week... again! As many of you have asked, we'll be hosting Gator Week inside our Gator and Wildlife Park May 7th - 12th, giving everyone free admission to our Gator Park! Excited to see what we have planned this year? Check out our Gator Week schedule down below!
 
Gator Week
 
GATOR WEEK SCHEDULE
Florida alligators

Monday, May 7: Gator Smash Demo 

Alligators and crocodiles rank in the top three for having the strongest bites in the animal kingdom. See the power of their bite first hand during a live demonstration of alligators and crocodiles smashing fruits and vegetables between those powerful jaws.

 

Tuesday, May 8: Gator Jumpathon

Wild Florida’s popular Gator Jumpathon returns! At 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., join us at the Gator Pond to witness the true power of these animals, and see just how high they can jump to catch their prey. In between the Gator Jumpathon, there will also be bounce houses available for kids to do their own Jumpathon!

 

Wednesday, May 9: Best Gator Call and Race Competition

Just like cats and dogs, Florida alligators make a very distinct sound and, luckily for you, it's a call that everyone can master. Join us at 12:00 p.m. at our Exotic Animal Pavilion where you can compete in our first ever Gator Call competition. Not only will the winner win bragging rights for making the best alligator call, but they'll also take home a special prize from one of our Gator Week sponsors. Later on, we’ll host our first ever Gator Race where the winning gator will determine what charity all the money placed during the race will go to.

 

alligators in Florida

Thursday, May 10: Bite Force Comparison

As we mentioned earlier, alligators and crocodiles have some of the strongest bite forces in the animal kingdom. During the fourth day of Gator Week, we'll host a bite force demonstration between a snapping turtle, freshwater crocodile, American alligator and caiman inside our Gator Feeding Show Pavilion.

 

Friday, May 11: Taste of Gator Cook-off

Just like chicken, you can cook up a ton of dishes using alligator meat. During our first ever Taste of Gator Cook-off, our chef, Chef Ramon, will cook up a variety of gator dishes alongside another local chef and have local food bloggers judge the flavor of each dish. Once the judges have declared the winner, we'll add the winning dish to the Chomp House Grill menu!

 

Saturday, May 12: Meet Wild Florida's Biggest Alligator, Crusher!

Capping off another year of Gator Week, we'll stay open past 6 p.m. to hold a special night edition of our Gator Feeding Show, dispelling the rumor that alligators will only jump during the day. We'll also be offering discounted one-hour night airboat tours so everyone can see what takes place at night at Wild Florida.

 
So... are you ready for Gator Week? Be sure to follow Wild Florida and Gator Week's social media channels for updates, fun polls, educational tidbits, and giveaways throughout the week. Also, check out www.GatorWeek.com for a full schedule of activities. Learn even more about alligators in Florida by getting out on the water and glide across the headwaters of the Everglades on an airboat ride, as our captains point out various wildlife and vegetation during your adventure.
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Topics: Alligators, Gator and Wildlife Park, Gator Week

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