Godwin’s Gatorland, most commonly referred to as simply Gatorland, was founded in 1949 in Orlando, Florida, by Owen Godwin. This alligator themed amusement park sits on what was once land used for cattle.
The park sits on 100 acres and offers a wide variety of animal shows and exhibits, including alligators, birds, spiders and snakes. There is also a petting zoo, breeding marsh, reptile shows, and educational programs. The park introduced a 1200 foot long zip line which goes above the park and several pools of alligators in 2011. Gatorland Express is a very narrow railroad, which allows sightseers to ride through the entire park.
Gatorland is still owned by the Godwin family and is known for accepting “problem” alligators that have been found or abandoned in residential areas.