It’s not every day you stumble upon an alligator park on the side of the road. But if you’re cruising down the swampy lowlands of south-central Florida, that’s exactly what you’ll find.
One of the many that popped up in the 1950s and ’60s, Gatorama began as a roadside alligator attraction in 1957. As owners Patty and Allen Register like to say, “It was a roadside attraction in the heyday of roadside attractions.”
Many of these curious roadside novelties disappeared over time. Gatorama adapted to the ever-changing world and has managed to not only survive, but also thrive. The farm celebrated 60 years in 2017, and today, it’s more than just one of Florida’s few remaining roadside animal attractions – it’s a full-scale alligator farm.