Below are some of the more frequently asked questions we get at Gatorama. Don't see your question on the list? Call us at (863) 675-0623 and ask!
Where are you located?
Gatorama is located on Highway US27 1.5 miles south of Palmdale, Florida. We are about 2 1/2 hours south of Orlando and 2 hours north of Miami on the west side of Lake Okeechobee. Click here for directions.
Do you guarantee that we will see alligators and crocs up close?
Yes, If you don't we say you are blind or looking up in the trees!
May I bring food and drinks with me?
You may bring a picnic lunch and picnic under our chickee hut. However, for the safety and well being of our animals no outside food and drink is allowed inside the animal park.
Is there a fee to park my vehicle?
Can your park accommodate a wheelchair or scooter?
While the facility was constructed over 50 years ago, which brings its own character, a wheelchair and scooter can easily be navigated along our walks and bridges.
Where is the closest hotel or campground?
Fisheating Creek Outpost is the closest campground and highly recommended! Their website is FisheatingCreekOutpost.com or phone (863) 675-5999. Save money on your stay at Fisheating Creek Outpost with this discount coupon. There are hotels in Clewiston, Labelle, Lake Placid and Sebring.
Can I get a group experience or rate if I don't have a group meeting the minimum?
Our programs and fee structures are based on stated minimums. If you don't have the minimum in your group or you can't round up ten neighbors or friends you would still incur the cost for the minimum if you want the experience. Sorry if this seems unreasonable-- but we incur added costs because of staff time.
Can I bring my pet into your park?
For the safety of your animal and ours we do not allow personal animals.
When is the best time to visit Gatorama?
Anytime is the best time to come! Go to our showtime page and check out the shows and times you want to see. Most people stay for at least two shows and spend a couple of hours here. For photography purposes animals are most active in the mornings and late afternoons.
What happens during the hatching festival?
Alligator eggs naturally hatch during August and early September in our climate. We hatch over 2000 eggs out each year. Based upon initial laying times, our best calculations and natural indicators we set the date for the hatching festival. In addition to touring our park, during our regular show times we will bring over nest boxes from our incubator that are already showing signs of hatching. During this extra program you will see the natural hatching process and learn about the life cycle of the American alligator. Each person who purchases the "Hatch and Hold"package will get to hatch and hold a live egg and midwife the baby into this world. It is something you will never forget!
How much does a "Hatch and Hold" cost?
Regular admission plus $10.00 for each Hatch and Hold package.
Does everyone get to "hatch and hold" a baby gator?
We are bound by Mother Nature and we can't make a baby hatch prematurely. That is why we recommend that you arrive early to purchase your hatch and hold package which secures your name on the list for the available eggs for that time slot. We do not take phone reservations. But you may come by early in the day and purchase the package for the later time slot.
Can you accommodate commercial video production and photography?
Absolutely! We'd love to work with your crew to setup just the right location shoots. We are in a remote part of the state that has the natural wilderness you are looking for. We can provide meals, meeting rooms, on camera personalities, security, WIFI Internet and of course some big gators and crocodiles and other animals. See Behind the Scenes for more info.