Alligators are common in Florida and it is one of the things that come to mind when people think of the state. There are close to 1.3 million of these reptiles in the state but that has not always the case. Crocodiles and alligators were on the brink of extinction a few years back but aggressive conservation efforts helped stop the decline. At present, it is easy to spot these reptiles sunning themselves on golf courses, wildlife parks, rivers, and freshwater lakes. Here are some of our top recommendations of the locations where you can safely see crocodiles/alligators near Miami Beach.
Naples Zoo – Caribbean Gardens
Naples Zoo is found inside the beautiful Caribbean Gardens. It is located on Goodlette-Frank Road and visitors get to see alligators when they visit the Alligator Bay. The bay is surrounded by tropical plants that provide the perfect setting for the alligators to relax. Training sessions happen every day and visitors get to watch the zookeepers interacting with the gators. They also answer questions from the visitors and this makes a visit to Naples Zoo the perfect family outing for the kids to learn more about the reptiles and other wildlife.
Everglades Alligator Farm
This is the oldest alligator farm in the region and this makes it the perfect spot to view and learn about alligators. Experts at the farm hold live demonstrations when explaining about the alligators at the farm. The live feeding demonstration is another attraction at the farm as it provides you with the chance to witness the alligators eating their prey. Bring your camera to take pictures of the alligators in their natural habitat.
Cockscrew Swamp Sanctuary
The Cockscrew Swamp Sanctuary is another location that we highly recommend if you want to see alligators. Visitors get to explore a 2-mile loop within the sanctuary in search of crocodiles and other wildlife that are found in Florida. It is not a guarantee that you will see them but on most occasions, visitors get to see one or even a bunch of alligators. The tours are guided and this way, visitors get to learn a lot about the different animals found in the sanctuary.
Shark Valley is located within Everglades National Park and it has lots of alligators for you to see. You can spot them moving in the rivers or out in the grass as they enjoy the sunshine. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture up-close shots of the alligators in their natural habitat. Other than seeing and learning about alligators, a visit to Shark Valley allows you to learn about other wildlife found within the park like the white heron.
Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf
The Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf is a great place to take your kids for them to learn about one of the popular creatures in Florida. 20 to 30 juvenile crocodiles are found in a swamp within the establishment making it the best educational center for the little ones to learn about crocodiles and their habitat. Visitors also get the chance to feed the alligators using bamboo fishing poles.