Get up close and personal with more than 200 animals at Alligator Adventure – but not too close. The Barefoot Landing wildlife park features a broad spectrum of reptiles, birds and other exotic critters, but none more plentiful and feared than the alligators.
Within the fences of Alligator Adventure are countless American alligators and crocodiles in the water and on the banks of the lake. Walkways provide a safe and strategic vantage point to watch and take photos of the prehistoric creatures. Alligator Adventures holds feeding shows where patrons can watch the beasts snatch whole chickens from the hands of park naturalists. Among the most popular residents are the albino alligators, caiman, Utan, an 18-foot, one-ton croc, and Bob, a native gator born without a tail.
But gators and crocs aren’t the only stars at Alligator Adventure. The park is also home to a wide variety of reptiles in the enclosed Reptile Center, which houses exotic snakes, turtles, frogs and lizards. Regular shows by trained handlers who show off a diverse range of slithering snakes, and guests are invited to touch, pet, hold and even wear the less dangerous species as a hat.
The Tropical Bird aviary also displays a broad array of brightly colored macaws, Chinese flamingos, owls, cranes and the exotic Kookaburra, which has a unique call that guests try to mimic. Another hit among bird-lovers is the Eurasian Eagle Owl, a large creature that was featured in several Harry Potter movies. The highlight for many visitors is the Primate Exhibit, featuring various funny-faced squirrel monkeys, lemurs and marmosets.
Alligator Adventure also offers one of the best values on the Grand Strand, with a one-day ticket good for a free second-day admission with a week of the first-day visit. The Barefoot Landing location gives visitors plenty of other fun activities to do before and after your Alligator Adventure experience.
4604 U.S. 17, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
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