Florida boasts some of the most fascinating and vibrant wildlife in the nation! If you’re interested in getting up close and personal with some of our state’s most incredible creatures, you won’t want to skip a visit to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. This classic hotspot is one of Florida’s oldest continuously running attractions and the only place in the world where you can see every species of crocodilian. Here is everything you need to know about the farm and how to get the most out of your visit.
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Brief History of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm began in the late 19th-century when George Reddington and Felix Fire began collecting alligators on Anastasia Island. They started showing their collection of these beautiful animals to the public in a small exhibition, but it soon grew into a quintessential Florida attraction. Today, it functions as a modern zoo and serves the public and scientific community with educational shows and exhibits.
2 of the Best Things to Do at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm
1. Explore the Exhibits
In addition to the alligator and crocodile exhibits, the zoological park is also home to a wide range of other animals including birds, reptiles, fossils, and more. Here are just a few of the animals and attractions you’ll be able to enjoy during your visit.
- Albino Alligators: These rare creatures are beautiful to look at and even more fascinating to learn about. Legend has it that those who gaze upon these captivating reptiles will receive good fortune.
- Exotic Birds and Mammals: In this exhibit, you’ll discover exotic birds and five monkey species (two of which are endangered). From mouse-sized pygmies to the inquisitive macaw, you’ll see it all!
- Gomek Forever: Weighting in at nearly 2,000 pounds, Gomek was one of the largest crocodiles to ever live in a zoo. He originated in New Guinea but spent most of his adult life at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. While he has long since passed, he is tastefully preserved in his own exhibit and is surrounded by beautiful New Guinean art.
2. Ride the Zipline
The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is one of the best places in our area for a thrilling zipline adventure! If you’re brave enough, you’ll have the opportunity to see the zoo and the natural beauty of St. Augustine from new heights across two challenging courses. You’ll even soar directly over the crocodile exhibit! Hold on tight and get ready for a thrilling adventure that you’ll never forget.
Hours and Tickets
The Zoological Park is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer! You may also choose to purchase your St. Augustine Alligator Farm tickets at the gate of the park or online. Prices are as follows:
Adults (ages 12+)………………………………………$25.99
Children (ages 3-11)…………………………………..$14.99
Guests in Wheelchairs (Adults)…………………….$13.00
Guests in Wheelchairs (Children)………………….$7.50
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoo Members……..Free Admission
If you visit the St. Augustine Alligator Farm website, you’ll find a printable $1 off coupon that you can use to save on your next visit!
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After a full day of St. Augustine adventures, come back to the Victorian House for some well-deserved relaxation. As one of the most romantic bed & breakfasts in St. Augustine, we provide everything you and your sweetheart need for a memorable getaway that you’ll be talking about for years to come. You’ll awake each morning in a cozy and comfortable guest room reminiscent of Victorian-era elegance. You’ll also be treated to a complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay. During the evenings, enjoy a cup of tea on the porch overlooking one of the most historic streets in St. Augustine or chat with other visitors in the common rooms. No matter what you decide to do, we’ll make sure your stay with us is as relaxing as it can be.
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