Monday, February 18, 2013

St Augustine Alligator Farm was amazing, even in the rain! Vacation in St Augustine Florida.

Daddy, Ana, Gma and Gpa Gaines at the entrance to the Farm and Zoo.
   Our family just got back from St. Augustine Florida and we found it such a beautiful and historic place. I could not help it, I took a zillion photos.  I will be sharing the exciting and fun adventures we had through posts for the next week.

   On our second full day, we explored the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and Ana loved it. Grandma and Grandpa , Duncan and I took her to see all of the animals and the exhibits and we had a blast, even though halfway through our visit it started to rain. The first thing I noticed upon entering the park was the natural habitat and greenery. And the cute photo ops. Everywhere. I loved how the entire place looked like a set for a jungle movie, or an outdoor expo.   It was really cool, and very authentic and right away, I knew we were going to love it.

Gma and Ana taming the Alligator.

   We arrived at the farm early enough to catch one of the first shows, where they talk about the Alligator Realm and its habitat and habits. The zookeeper explained how they eat, sleep and mostly lie about. We even caught them feeding some of the Alligators hand to mouth.  Better them, than me.


   But there are so many more animals at the zoo! Besides the gators we saw: Turtles, Marmosets, Monkeys, All kinds of birds, snakes and reptiles.

A monkey on my shoulder?

   I had no idea how old the Farm was, but according to the website:
" The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park began in the late nineteenth century as a small exhibition of Florida reptiles and became a quintessential Florida attraction. Today it functions as a modern zoo serving the public and the scientific community with educational shows and exhibits, important research and worldwide conservation efforts. The Alligator Farm’s history as an attraction and an accredited zoo is nearly as exciting as zipping across the Alligator Lagoon on Crocodile Crossing, the park’s thrilling new zip-line attraction."

  I saw the zipline and having ziplined in Hyde Park, NY over trees in the forest, this zipline looked like it would be sooo much fun.  If I came back with just Duncan or friends, I would be all over it.

  If you are a local, or find yourself vacationing in St Augustine, Florida in the near future. Make sure you check out the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park for a fun filled, educational and informative day.

Important Links:
Official St Augustine Alligator  Farm Zoological Park
St Augustine Alligator Farm on Facebook
St Augustine Alligator Farm on Twitter

  Check out more photos from our visit below:

Gma and Ana are dangerous animals!

**Thanks so much fo the St Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park for complimentary tickets to facilitate this review, and for the fun day. This review was not compensated and the opinions within are my own.


Fee Roberts said...

I live in Jacksonville so I spent most of my childhood in St. Augustine. My Dad would take us there every weekend. Loved it then and I still love it. It's an enchanting place with so much history. The beach is beautiful and the attractions are plenty. One of my most favorite of places =D

Unknown said...

I fell in love with it too, and need to go back. We didnt have enough time for the musuems, but had such a blast!! It is a beautiful place.

Maria said...

Great pics!! I live in SE Louisiana so we love going to Alligator farms locally as well!

Unknown said...

Wow! That looks like it was so much fun! I would love to visit one of these!