South Florida’s oldest alligator farm, Everglades Alligator Farm is a Florida staple and a must-visit when visiting the Miami area. With more than 2,000 alligators on the property and located near the entrance of Everglades National Park, there’s so much to explore here and it’s sure to be a fun day for the whole family. This is truly a one-of-a-kind getaway within the city and don’t be surprised if you run into iguanas (lots of them!), parrots, emus and maybe even bobcats while you’re there.
What to See There
The alligator show, of course, is what everyone flocks to Everglades Alligator Farm for. Learn about these wondrous creatures and the role they play in the Everglades ecosystem. Watch in awe as primitive capturing techniques are demonstrated and be sure to stay until the end. If you’re lucky, you may even get the chance to hold a baby alligator for a photo. Alligator shows take place three times a day at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and are included in the general admission ticket price. Try to time your visit around noon or 3 p.m. when the alligators at the farm are fed.
Watch them go wild for their lunch.
Get over your fear of snakes or simply learn to love them more at the snake show, which is included in the general admission ticket price. There are snake shows three times daily at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. and each will teach you about the beauty and sometimes the danger of these wild creatures as well as what to look out for if you encounter one in the Everglades.
If you’re interested in a private animal experience, contact the Everglades Alligator Farm in advance. Experiences are available on a reservation-only basis and include private interactions with various species of snakes, lizards, emus, and more.
Book a seat on a fast and adventure-packed airboat ride through the Everglades sawgrass prairies. Great for all ages, this tour is exhilarating and educational. Headsets are provided on the boat, as well, free of charge because the engine can get a little loud. If you’re looking for something a little more exclusive, private airboat rides cost $400 and allow you to bring up to 25 people for the ride. The tour lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and the cost includes admission to the farm and all shows.
Before you leave visit the gift shop, which is full of all kinds of reptile-inspired souvenirs like gator tooth necklaces, gator jerky and even gator claw back scratchers. Go for a hike and acquaint yourself with the area or get ready to see the coolest animal shows South Florida has to offer, one right after the other.
How to Visit
Located in the Redlands, an agricultural district about 35 miles south of Miami near Homestead, Everglades Alligator Farm is a perfect stopping point if you’re headed from Miami down to the Keys. The farm is open daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., rain or shine, and is easily accessible by car, Lyft, Uber, or another rideshare service.
Ticket prices range from $21 to $28 per adult and $16 to $21 for children between the ages of 4 and 11, depending on which activities you decide to take part in. Visit the website for discounts and information on hosting a party at the Everglades Alligator Farm.
What Else to Do Nearby
Stop for fruits, creamy milkshakes, and to visit the animals at Robert Is Here before or after your visit to Everglades Animal Farm. There are chickens on the property, as well as goats and other livestock that you can feed. Grab a snack and a spot at a picnic table; there are plenty of Instagram-worthy moments at Robert Is Here, which is open year round.
If you happen to be in the area between the months of November and May, you can also pay a visit to Knaus Berry Farm—famous for its ooey, gooey cinnamon rolls, the lines at Knaus are long and it’s recommended you arrive early—or Burr’s Berry Farm, a farm stand where you can pick strawberries, pose for pics amongst the sunflowers, and snag some jams and jellies to take home.