Alligators, Crocodiles, Snakes – Oh My!

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, St. Augustine, FL (2018)

Psalm 94:19: When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

We had so many friends that had wonderful experiences at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm so we wanted to try it out for ourselves. It was a beautiful Florida winter day so we bundled up in our vests and were ready to meet the gators.

The Alligator Farm, located just over the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, provided multiple hours of entertainment from exploring the grounds, playing in the Kid Zone and even digging for fossils.

And while we aren’t big fans of college sports, we all found ourselves cheering…we love the gators!

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The days are long but the years are short, right? So I love soaking up (almost) every hour with these boys until they are in school.

So, we grabbed our maps and set off to explore the Alligator Farm together.

 

One of our very favorite areas was Komodo, a den for their komodo dragon. What a cool, active guy! He really engaged with us and ran all over in his home, almost like he was showing off his skills and his {super} cool tongue.

 

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We were fascinated by the American alligators and really enjoyed one of their live shows, Realm of the Alligator. The farm typically does a few live feedings per day, too, but it was too cold on our day of visit. The show was fun for all ages and we just couldn’t take enough pictures of all of the alligators we saw (they felt so close!)

 

We headed over to the Swamp, a location where you can watch them swim and soak up the sun on the pier. The kids saw how many alligators were there and were like…get us out of here!

We got to talk a bit about fear and how it’s ok to be scared of things. I reminded them that mommy & daddy have fears, too, but that we rely on our faith in God to calm us.

 

There were so many great things for kids *5* and under to experience at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, but hands down these were our *3* favorites:

3 – Fossil Dig: One of our favorite, child-friendly aspects of the Alligator Farm was the fossil dig, located right by the main theater. The kids spent literally close to thirty minutes looking through gravel for fossils (and we saw for a small additional charge, you can buy a fossil hunt kit to expand your experience!) It was so much fun for them to be diggers for the day!

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2 – The Alligator Photo Shoot: we spent a ton of time taking fun photos of our kids getting eaten by a pretend alligator. They thought it was wonderful!

1 – Kid Zone: The Alligator Farm did something right when designing this kid-friendly play area for children. From statues to climb on to a web to climb and a rock wall fort, our boys enjoyed every second in their area. We also met a new friend, Grace!

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There was so many other exhibits that we enjoyed at the Alligator Farm! We loved the colorful birds, learning more about God’s beautiful creations and just enjoying the pretty landscape around the park.

It was a wonderful morning enjoying each others’ company. We will be back, Alligator Farm. See you later, alligator!


Trek Difficulty Level: (0): For those in Nocatee/Jacksonville, the park was easy to access and for us about a thirty-minute drive. Parking was easy and the trek itself is very stroller-accessible.

Trek Budget: Adults are $24.99 and children aged 3-11 are $14.99 for a day pass. There are also perks and discounts to becoming a park member.

3 Trek Must-Dos: 

  • Needing a night out? The St. Augustine Alligator Farm offers Parents Night Out where the kids can be entertained in an educational environment while you and hubby enjoy St. Augustine (ages 5-12)
  • Look for the albino alligator – it’s so beautiful and intriguing!
  • Zipline over crocodiles! I wasn’t touching this with a ten foot pole, but go for a thrilling zipline experience over Crocodile Crossing, a separate exhibit at the park (8 years old+)

Landon’s Trek Tip: “Look for all of the cool snakes – they were so cool!” (age 5)



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Thank you, Alligator Farm, for a wonderful morning at your beautiful park.

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