Optional Field Trip

Join us for an exciting, adventure-filled day at Gatorland!

This optional field trip on Wednesday, June 8th is $30 per person and includes transportation to and from Gatorland, admission, “gator chow” to feed the gators and a train ride through the park.

Gatorland is a unique theme park and wildlife preserve located on 110 acres. It’s fun for all ages and offers an up close and personal look at thousands of alligators and crocodiles, including four extremely rare leucistic “white” alligators. For more excitement, check out the free-flight aviary, petting zoo, natural alligator breeding marsh, and one of a kind animal shows! For some extra thrills, don’t miss the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line!

One of a kind animal shows (no additional charge):

Upclose Encounters

“Expect the unexpected! Don’t open that box! Snakes, insects and other exotic birds and animals from all over the world are incorporated into this comical, interactive experience.”

Gator Wrestlin’ Show

“Watch as one of the bravest daredevils at Gatorland grabs a 6-8 foot alligator by the tail for an ‘old Florida’ match of man versus beast!”

Gator Jumparoo Show

“The show that made us world famous! Cheer on your favorite as dozens of alligators compete for lunch. What’s on the menu? Store bought chicken hung high above the water! Keep your cameras ready!”

For those with a wild side (prices below):

Rookie Wrestling

“Step onto the sand at the world famous Gator Wrestlin’ Arena and feel the power of one of the most feared creatures in the world. Eight to nine feet in length, 82 razor sharp teeth, and that is just one of the twelve alligators swimming around you! Hop on the back of an alligator for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity immediately following select gator wrestlin’ shows located at the gator wrestlin’ arena. Don’t try this at home, folks! It takes a trained professional to pose these ornery critters!”
Advance registration required – limited capacity. $10 per person.

Photo not included, but may be purchased.
4x6  |  $10.99 plus tax
5x7  |  $11.99 plus tax

Adventure Hour

“How close is too close? This area is closed to the public except for those who take part in this daring trip into the swamp. Venture into the Alligator Breeding Marsh for this behind the scenes tour you’ll never forget. Home to hundreds of alligators, you’ll have the opportunity to safely venture within a few feet of hungry, giant gators and create a thrilling feeding frenzy. Then pose for the cameras in front of your dinner companions and be glad you weren’t dinner!”
Advance registration required – limited capacity. $10 per person.

Gator Gauntlet Zip Line

Clip in and zip off on an exciting outdoor adventure with the Gator Gauntlet Zip Line. This single zip journey offers breathtaking views as you soar through the air. Even better, it’s a dual zip, so you can race a partner!
Sign up and pay onsite directly with Gatorland. First come, first served. $10 plus tax per person with group coupon.

Screamin’ Gator Zip Line

The Screamin' Gator Zip Line journey will take you along 1,200 feet of high flying, heart pounding adventure from some of the finest zip line towers in the world. Standing over seven stories tall, these amazing towers feature multilevel launch pads and breathtaking views from high above the treetops.

Soar through the air and defy gravity over some of the theme park's star attractions - including Cuban and Nile crocodiles - before heading over the Alligator Breeding Marsh, complete with one hundred and thirty giant alligators watching from below!

Flight times are available daily every hour with a limit of 12 people per flight; reservations are required.

Booking your adventure is easy! Call or email Jennifer Gallagher at Gatorland: (407) 856-3249, jennifergallagher@gatorland.com. Be sure to mention NETC to receive the group discounted rate!
$48.99 + tax per person with group discount


*48 hour cancellation required for full refund on your zip line reservation. If you need to change your launch time, please contact Gatorland a minimum of 24 hours prior to your scheduled launch to reschedule. If your launch is canceled due to inclement weather, a rain check will be issued for a future launch within one year from the date of your originally scheduled visit.

  • Launch from heights of up to 65 feet
  • Soar across five intense zip lines ranging in length from 230 feet to more than 500 feet, and carefully cross a swinging bridge over the park's main walkway.
  • Fly at speeds near 30 miles per hour over alligators and crocodiles. Equipment (helmet, gloves and harness) provided.
  • This 2 hour experience begins with a brief safety and orientation session
Requirements for Gator Gauntlet and Screamin’ Gator Zip Line:
  • Participants must wear closed toe shoes. Skirts, dresses, and short shorts are discouraged.
  • Participants must be at least 37" tall and weigh no more than 275 lbs, and must fit safely into the zip line harnesses (Guests may be required to weigh in at time of participation).
  • For the safety of the animals and park guests below the zip lines, cameras, cell phones, video equipment including GoPro™ HD cameras and other personal items may not be taken on your adventure. Secure lockers will be available for storing your belongings.

Guests will be required to sign a Release, Liability Waiver, and Consent Agreement prior to their launch (Click here to view adult waiver). Minors under the age of 18 MUST have a Liability Waiver and Consent Agreement executed and signed by a parent or natural guardian (Click here to view minor waiver).

All adventures are led by highly trained guides who love to share stories and myths about all of the critters who call Gatorland home. Our guides are the best in the world! Prepare to experience Gatorland from a viewpoint previously reserved for our fine feathered friends!

Gator Night Shine

The Gator Night Shine adventure takes you deep into the domain of Florida’s most famous reptile, the alligator! Armed with only a flashlight and a few hot dogs, you bravely make your way along the winding wooden walkways of Gatorland’s Alligator Breeding Marsh. The sounds of the night come alive around you as the rustle of feathers overhead and the splashing of water nearby signal that you are not alone. Turning your flashlight towards the water, you suddenly become aware of hundreds of hungry, glowing, red eyes slowly make their way closer…it’s now your turn to experience the “Real Florida.”

Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.

NOTE: payment for the Night Shine is separate from the Gatorland field trip registration. Transportation is on your own.

Gatorland registration will be available on the conference registration page.

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