Everglades Alligator Farm

Everglades Alligator Farm

By: Shayne Benowitz & Carolyn Keating | July 2, 2020

From alligators to exotic snakes, a day at Everglades Alligator Farm is an exciting experience.

Take a day trip through South Dade to visit Homestead’s Everglades Alligator Farm. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., this Old Florida-style attraction is small and easy to navigate, perfect if you’ve got small children in tow. Even though the farm is landscaped with shade trees, orchids, ponds and waterfalls, it is a working alligator farm with more than 2,000 gators. During a visit, you can watch an alligator show, a snake show, and witness an alligator feeding—all included with the general admission, which is $21 for adults, $16 for children 4-11, children under 4 are free. Other packages include animal encounters, airboat tours and VIP experiences.

Alligator and Snake Show

You'll be amazed as the Everglades Alligator Farm’s handlers step into an arena and use capturing techniques passed down by Native Americans to handle and restrain the alligators. You’ll learn all about alligators, as well as their reptilian relatives, like crocodiles and caimans, in this educational and exciting show. Every show ends with the opportunity to take your picture holding a baby alligator. Alligator shows are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.

Don't miss the snake show where you’ll see and learn about a wide variety of snake species that live in the Everglades. If all that isn’t too creepy and crawly for you, then get ready for your close-up holding a snake. Snake shows are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Alligator Feeding

For a spectacle you can’t “un-see,” stick around for one of the two daily alligator feedings as several hundred gators emerge for lunch from their breeding pond. Not only will you see how fast these fearsome creatures can move, but you’ll also learn about how they feed in the wild. Catch the alligator feedings at 12 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Airboat Rides

Gliding across the glades aboard a high-speed airboat is easily the most exciting part of a visit to the Everglades Alligator Farm. You’ll spy on alligators in the wild, as well as turtles and tropical wading birds. It’s an exciting ride as the boat zooms across the river of grass making hairpin turns across a habitat you won’t see anywhere else. Airboat packages which include admission, airboat ride & shows start at $28 for adults, $21 for children 4-11, children 3 and under are free. Private tours are also available.

Local's Tip

Stop by Robert Is Here, a popular fruit stand and farm located along the road to Everglades Alligator Farm. This is a great place to grab a mango, strawberry or Key lime milkshake and marvel at the truly amazing selection of exotic tropical fruits, honeys, jellies and jams produced on nearby farms in the Redland.


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