Do your children think education is boring? “It definitely does not have to be,” say Allen and Patty Register, owners of Gatorama. It is the time of year that chirping, grunting and snapping baby alligators emerge from their shells to meet the world. Gatorama is marking this occasion by hosting an “Alligator Hatching Festival” August 22 through August 30 (there might be some early bird hatching August 15-16) at their animal park at 6180 U.S. Highway 27, Palmdale, Florida.
“This is a great opportunity for parents to teach their children about one of nature’s fascinating life cycles,” says Allen Register. “For the next two weeks we will welcome over five thousand alligators into the world at Gatorama. Guests will actually be able to see these little baby alligators wiggle out of the eggs.”
For guests that want a hands-on experience, a “Hatch and Hold” package is available. This package allows the guest to actually hold an egg and let the baby alligator hatch in their hands. The cost for this experience is $15.00 during the week and $20.00 on weekends. “This isn’t a drive-through instant experience”. We are totally dependent on Mother Nature”, says Allen Register. Birthing babies takes time. If everyone is patient we usually can accommodate everyone by the end of the day. Outside food and add on experiences require cash. The gift shop still accepts credit cards or cash.