a. Where to Observe Them in Their Natural Habitats*
There are numerous nature/wildlife parks that feature the
This list includes
both government operated and non-government, non-profit facilities where
wild alligators may be observed.
Listed by state/state
Click on a location name to visit the official website.
(This list is a work in progress.)
Everglades National Park.
The most dramatic place in the world
for viewing wild alligators and crocodiles, the
place on earth where crocs and gators share habitat.
Shark Valley is a particularly good place to see many
Cypress National Preserve.
Alligators may be observed in this beautiful and biodiverse park
from elevated boardwalks or canoe through the waterways .
Myakka River State Park.
This location is well-known for its
heavy concentration of alligators, including some impressively
Circle B Bar Reserve.
A former cattle
ranch, this large swath of propery located on Lake Hancock near
Lakeland and Winter Haven was purchased by the public and
transformed into an important regional environmental land with
an education center and programs. Many alligators inhabit the
lake and marshes; alligators of all sizes can be seen from the
trails, even mother alligators nesting (June-September) or with
their hatched babies.
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. From the
comfort of your automobile, you can take this 11-mile-long driving tour
around the lake where you'll likely see multiple alligators, and
you can use your smartphone to access the audio tour provided on
This wetland site in Brevard County
is a popular spot for photographers and eco-tourists.
Wekiwa Springs State Park.
Boaters may observe alligators in the
river swimming and basking.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.
This park near Gainesville is well-known for its
high concentration of alligators.
Florida (Northwest and "The Panhandle")
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.
Featuring the deepest known
freshwater spring on earth, this gorgeous piece of environment
offers glass-bottomed boat rides on the Wakulla River, where
alligators and many other fauna and flora abound in a primeval
setting. You may see a
tribute to "Old Joe", a large alligator which formerly made
the park area his home and whose remains are tastefully
exhibited in the lobby of The Lodge on site.
Stephen C. Foster State Park.
This lovely park is a quintessential southern
cypress swamp, complete with "blackwater" and plenty of
alligators. Daily guided boat rides are an excellent way to see
the big reptiles in their natural habitat.
Marsh Island Wildlife Refuge.
Alligators may be observed
in this large brackish marshland shared with many marine
This large marshland next to the Gulf of Mexico features
alligators minlging with marine species. Salinty is controlled
here by artificial means by refuge managers.
This enormous environmental
land (76,000 acres/ 308km²) features great biodiversity and
is an excellent site for observation of its keystone species,
Red Slough Wildlife Management Area.
This 5800-acre/23.5km² wetland
project contains alligators, but you may only see them
occasionally. This location is special because it is the
northwestern extreme of the alligator's natural range.
Brazos Bend State Park.
This location, 45 miles from Houston has a relatively high
number of alligators, many of which can be observed from the