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Just last week we were enjoying the Florida weather and now we are back o the snowy Tundra Western New York has to offer. Many New Yorkers love to skip town this time of year due to the endless amounts of snow and enjoy a vacation in the Sunshine state! I have a few suggestions on places to stay, visit and bring your family too. St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is definitely on my list of places to visit. Not only is conveniently located next to Historical Old St. Augustine but it is VERY family friendly.
From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with southern hospitality that leaves a warm place in my heart “honey”. Mclachlan loves reptiles of all shapes, sizes and colors, ever since we read him Miles & Miles of Reptiles by Dr. Seuss!
Let’s be honest what is not to love about these adorable baby crocs?
The Farm is now the only facility in the world exhibiting living specimens of all 23 currently recognized species of crocodilian. On our visit we snapped photos, feed, gawked and saw all of them!
They have different exhibits:
– Land of Crocodiles
– Albino Alligators
– Birds of Africa
– Exotic Birds and Mammals
– Florida Native Reptile & Amphibian House
– Fossil Exhibit- Gomek Forever
-Komodo Dragon Exhibit
– Python Exhibit
– Red-ruffed Lemurs
– Wading Bird Rookery
One great thing about this farm is it kid friendly. They have bathrooms clearly marked throughout the farm. There are several places to sit, snap photos and also a play area for kiddos.
One of the best parts in my opinion was feeding these majestic creatures.
Walking along the boardwalk as herons flew a top the trees above. You can feel the breeze as they lay sun bathing on the banks of the watery boardwalk.
If you are interested, I did video our feeding experiences whilst at the farm you can check it out HERE.
Since my son LOVES cobra snakes we were on the hunt for one in the Native Reptile & Amphibian House. We were absolutely surprised by what we did find!
Please excuse my lack of photo but they have baby poisonous snakes breed on the farm. It is extremely hard to breed when animals are in captivity but here you can tell the reptiles call this place home.
We saw a 15 foot 3 inch, 1,250-pound Maximo, the largest animal at the Farm. Again more impressive to us was three little Minimo babies from this gigantic creature!
I love stopping into any gift shop! It feels good contributing to such a great cause of housing these animals, in a safe haven who educates the public on all of these amazing species they house.
What we liked: Kid friendly, Bathroom accessible, sitting areas, realistic enclosures, you can feed Gators!!
What could be improved: The only thing I can mention was the day we went it was 45 degrees. A little chilly but nothing a coat & hat wouldn’t fix!
Location & hours: 999 Anastasia BlvdSt. Augustine, Florida 9am to 5pm, (904)824-3337
Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥