|This was just too cute to pass up so Jeremy and Bonnita posed|
for Gatorland as the gator looked deliciously at them.
|Rialey waiting patiently for me.|
|Jeremy & Bonnita couldn't wait to enter|
|Rialey was all excited!|
|Then lots more alligators appeared!|
|This was the first alligator I saw.|
There was an large alligator skin on the wall which we all stood in a picture for. I can't believe how large they can get!
The baby ones are so cute and yes, they bite! It was those white birds with the long beaks that amazed me called Egrets. They are right in there with the alligators of all sizes and steal the food from the gators. I'm amazed they are not eaten! Even the vultures were afraid of the gators, especially the really large ones.
|Getting ready for Zip Lining!!|
|No matter what, Jeremy wouldn't zip!|
|This was my first one to see its' mouth open.|
|Some of the many gators we saw|
As I kept looking up at the zip liners, I didn't realize just how much sun my face was getting. I forgot to put on sun screen and a hat to protect my face. Bad idea!
|Look at those choppers!|
|So happy they actually did it!|
|Hey, look at us, aren't we good.|
We bought dippin dot ice cream after they went zip lining. First time I tasted this kind of ice cream and it is delicious! Kaelan has a severe allergy to peanuts so we had to be careful that the ice cream was safe for him and we found a flavour he could eat.
|The scenery was beautiful as we walked|
I certainly didn't know they jumped and that they are the closest living critter to the Jurassic Park's Velociraptors. Did you know that?
I loved the shaded walkways but I did a bad thing and followed the other who went zip lining without sunscreen and a hat, so I ended up with severe sunburn on my face and an allergy reaction to the sun. My face swelled up like a balloon! It took about two weeks to heal and I learned a valuable lesson - use sun screen and wear a hat!
Some other beauty we saw as we went through the zip line path, just incredible! Gators, crocodiles, egret birds, farm animals at the petting area, ducks, vultures, bulls with large horns, white dear, yes you heard it, white and peacocks. What an amazing Park.
|Petting area, the goats loved being fed.|
|Just look at all the vulture nests.|
|How they all live in harmony is beyond me.|
|A white dear, incredible! First time I saw one.|
A white dear! First one I saw and I didn't even know there were white dear, did you?
These beautiful birds were so pretty to look at and two of them were cleaning each other. It was so sweet.
But just look at the two on the right, aren't they just the cutest thing?!
Snakes, there were lots of snakes, safety stowed in proper cages, behind glass and thank goodness!
They had a number of snakes that were poison, including the rattler. That kind of gave me the shivers.
|These little blue gators were so sweet.|
I loved the little gators you see as you exit the Park and of course the Egrets stealing the food!
But what really took our attention was the stealing birds called egret. They would stand there in their long legs and reach down with their long beaks and steal the food put in for the little gators.
Actually, when they were doing the gator show, they were there as well, stealing from the really big gators! Even the vultures were afraid but not the egrets.
|Rialey, Kaelen and Layla, they really enjoyed the train ride.|
The drier costs $5 dollars so the kids just leaned against the drier and felt the warmth of the sun on them and they were dry!
|Standing on the side of the big drier.|
|Enjoying the shade while the kids played in the water area.|
|So cute scratching himself.|
The first part of the act, two "boys" come out and act up and try to feed the gators when they aren't supposed to, then the main guy comes back.... Finally the two "boys" go to the end of a walkway out and they have chicken they hold high for the gators to come and grab it and they grab it! What I also liked about the show, you can see below, there is an area for wheelchairs and kids so their view won't be blocked.
|This big guy came lumbering out to lay on the warm desk to get the sun.|
|Bonnita finally got a change to ride my scooter and she loved it! Very reasonable, only $25.00 to rent plus tax.|
|Here he is lying, basking in the sun while the egret & vulture looks around for food.|
I hope you enjoy our Gatorland adventure and experience. I highly recommend this Park. We thank the Experience Kissimmee Team who sponsored our tour. There is lots of food, gifts and shows to see. We didn't get to see the gator wrestling but possibly another time for sure. Please leave a comment for me as I love to get feed back on my blog posts.
Thanks again folks!
Bye for now,
Debbie, family and friends