EVERGLADES ALLIGATOR FARM, FLORIDA CITY, FLORIDA
South Florida's Oldest Alligator Farm
In 1985 the State of Florida permitted commercial farming of alligators and Mr. Hudson opened the first such farm in Dade County. In the 60's, the American alligator had almost become extinct and was placed on the endangered species list by the Federal Government. Commercial farming was correctly seen as a way to insure the preservation of this reptile, which traces its existence back to the time of the dinosaurs.
Everglades Alligator Farm
The farm is located at the edge of the Everglades, however, it is not a part of the Everglades National Park. The Farm keeps a rustic atmosphere that is representative of the first settlers to the area, and at the same time live in harmony with the Everglades pristine environment.
Everglades Alligator Farm is one of South Florida's busiest attractions, Everglades Alligator Farm draws tourist and camera crews from all over the world. This privately owned attraction is a real working alligator farm. According to owners, Charles and Deborah Thibos, it was started in 1982 by Mr. John Hudson, who began the farm as an airboat ride attraction. In 1985 the State of Florida permitted commercial farming of alligators and Mr. Hudson opened the first such farm in Dade County.
The Everglades Alligator Farm is currently home to about 3,000 alligators of all sizes. The smaller alligators are kept in growout pens and the larger alligators are in natural settings called breeding ponds. It takes about 6 years for an alligator to start breeding. The female alligator will have only
one clutch of eggs a year, depending on the mother's age and fertility the clutch will contain up to 45 eggs. A trip to the alligator farm includes an exciting airboat tour into the surrounding Everglades and a walk around the farm to see the alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and wildlife.
Venture into the "back forty" of our farm on this exciting tour. Your guide will point out the many different types of fish, birds and turtles that live in and around the canals surrounding the farm. After touring the canal area, your guide will take you on a thrilling ride through the Everglades where ordinary boats cannot go! Our guides are very knowledgeable, so don't hesitate to ask about anything of interest. Due to our concern for protecting this area, our guides only use existing trails.
- EVERGLADES ALLIGATOR FARM
Home to over 2.000 alligators and the best airboat rides in South Florida. Shows daily.
- MONKEY JUNGLE
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- ROBERT IS HERE FRUIT STAND
Since 1959, Robert has specialized in exotic fruit, local vegetables and fresh fruit milkshakes.
- R.F. ORCHIDS
Exotic orchids flourish at the nursery of South Florida's premier orchid grower since 1970.
- CORAL CASTLE
Carved & sculpted from 1100 tons of coral by a singe man, this is a true modern mystery.
- SCHNEBLY REDLAND'S WINERY
Southernmost winery in the U.S. Wine crafted from tropical fruits. Tastings daily. Tours on weekends.
- CAPRI RESTAURANT
This local favorite serves classic Italian American food and wine. Family owned since 1957.
- THE BONSAI GARDEN
Come and see some of the finest and most elegant bonsai trees in the world.
- TROPICAL EVERGLADES VISITOR CENTER
Offers information on trail destinations, hotels, attractions, restaurants, state & national parks in the area.
- FRUIT & SPICE PARK
Unique 35-acre tropical botanical garden growing over 500 varieties of fruits, spices, nuts and more.
There is also a great display of local snakes along with some of the more exotic species of snakes from around the world. Informative wildlife shows are presented hourly.
During the shows visitors get a chance to hold baby alligators and have their picture taken with snakes. The airboat tours allow visitors to experience the river of grass up close. It is not uncommon on the tours to see alligators, several species of birds, lots of fish and huge soft shell turtles. Each trip
into the Everglades is different, of course, because it 's all natural. The farm owners have tried to keep a rustic natural atmosphere, one that is not the "stereotypical tourist stop"
Everglades Alligator Farm
40351 SW 192nd Avenue
Florida City Florida 33034
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