This year has been wild in so many ways. And one truly wild Central Florida attraction is about to get even more exciting in October. Wild Florida – the place that became famous for its drive-thru safari during the height of the pandemic – is celebrating their 10th anniversary by offering free weekday Gator Park admission with a canned food donation for the entire month of October.
Tucked into the small town of Kenansville, Wild Florida is a bit of a hidden gem. It’s the type of place locals suggest to visiting family and friends when they want to experience “real Florida.” Visitors are guaranteed to see alligators and learn about Florida’s natural ecosystems. Inside the park is Osceola County’s biggest alligator – a 13-foot-long big boy named “Crusher.” Shows featuring “Crusher” happen twice daily.
For a more natural encounter with Florida’s famous wildlife, guests can book adventurous airboat rides through the headwaters of the Florida Everglades where in addition to gators they may see eagles, wild boar, and dozens of other native species.
The airboat rides and gator shows are a big part of what Wild Florida is all about, but the park also includes many opportunities for exotic animal encounters, like a VIP Sloth Encounter, a ring-tailed lemur encounter and more (for additional fees).
When the pandemic hit and Central Florida’s entertainment district shut down, Wild Florida became a must-do. The adventurous wildlife park got families outdoors with their exotic drive-thru safari. Word spread – and this family-owned Florida wildlife park became a social-distancing destination. In a region that relies heavily on tourism and big brand theme parks, Wild Florida has homegrown appeal. “Hard to believe 10 years have gone by,” says Sam Haught co-owner and founder of Wild Florida. “We had a vision of bigger things to come, but none of us thought Wild Florida would be a 285 acre adventure park in such a short time.”
The park is a perfect day trip from Orlando and surrounding areas. Kenansville is about an hour south of Orlando on beautiful Cypress Lake. Head to their website www.WildFL.com for tour pricing and info. Weekday admission to the gator park is free with a canned food donation during the month of October.