A Gator Experience: Behind the Scenes with the Gator Team

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE - Go behind the scenes with this exclusive new tour. Meal voucher, souvenir photo, badge, and certificate included!

Go behind the scenes with the Gator Team in an all access exclusive adventure at Gator Beach, where you’ll help a professionally trained Gator Handler open the park for the day. Among other things, you’ll learn how the amazing American Alligators who call this park their “home” are cared for every single day, and you’ll do it up close, but safely. Packed with some amazing information that you will learn about these spectacular reptiles, you will actually be a part of the Gator Team and get a hands-on experience helping perform some of the most vital and important responsibilities at Gator Beach. As the World’s Greatest Alligator Park, there is everything from a baby alligator exhibit to a real life alligator habitat with over 100 juvenile and young adult alligators. And best of all, Gator Beach is home to one of the most rare animals in the world, Pearl - the Amazing Albino Alligator” (of which there are less than fifty in existence).

Activity Highlights
→ Experience a private, “behind the scenes” view of Gator Beach with a professional Gator Handler
→ Learn how to work safely around live alligators
→ Get a photo holding a young alligator
→ Feed juvenile and young adult alligators, up close in their habitat
→ Receive a personalized Gator Team name tag and help open the park

By helping open the park, you will come away with an experience like nowhere else and it is guaranteed to not "cost you an arm or a leg". In fact, you will not only be safe and gain a greater understanding of the amazing alligator, but you will also be paid for your help! In return for helping “open the park”, each Gator Team Member will receive a voucher that can be applied to a meal upstairs at Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill – and trust us you will have earned it!

Entertaining, informational, and unforgettable – and, to boot (not alligator, of course), you will be done by lunch, so you can spend the rest of the day telling your friends and family about this amazing experience!

Booking Details:

Please bring with you proof of purchase by either showing the e-voucher from your mobile device or printed out. A Gator Handler will meet you underneath the World Record Alligator sign at the entrance to Fudpucker’s in Destin.

Departure Details
Gator Experience is open year round during different times of day. Please click the "Check Availability" button to see available dates and times for the Gator Experience.

Duration: 1.5-2 Hrs.

Public parking is available at Fudpucker's located at 20001 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541.

● Customized Gator Team name tag
● A $5 voucher for food and/or beverage at Fudpucker’s in Destin
● Gator Team Certificate and Gator Experience VIP badge upon completion
● Souvenir photo with gator
● Sales Tax

● Gratuities for dining (18-20% customary)

● Children must be 7 or older to participate with parental consent.
● No animals allowed, including service animals
● It is imperative you arrive on time for your experience. Once the group has entered the park there is no way for you to join. Reschedules will be at the discretion of Gator Beach for late arrivals.

Additional Information
● Alligators will be handled with the supervision of a trained Gator Handler only.
● Entry to Gator Beach is always complimentary. With this package you get to experience behind the scenes activities at Gator Beach not open to just anyone!
● Children 7 and up can participate either with or without their parent(s). If their parent chooses not to purchase a ticket they will not be able to view the activity as the park and restaurant aren't yet open for customers.
● Experience will last approximately 1.5-2 hours depending on participation and the activity for that day.
● If there is light rain, the experience may still operate, but if there is heavy rain or other unfavorable weather the experience may be called off. This decision is always made by the vendor and they will contact you if your experience will be called off for this reason.
● For those with food allergies, there are a number of gluten free salads and cooked meats to meet dietary needs. Please inform the wait staff upon ordering.

Cancellation Policy
Customers may cancel at least 48 hours prior to their arrival date to receive a full refund minus a $5 service fee. Customers that cancel after the 48 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. If weather is unfavorable and the vendor calls off the experience, customers will be rescheduled for a later time/date or a full refund will be issued. No-shows will not be refunded. It is imperative you arrive on time for your experience, once the group has entered the park there is no way for you to join. Reschedules will be at the discretion of the vendor for late arrivals. Customer may make changes to the reservation without any fees as long as it's outside the 48 hour cancellation period.
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  • rachel Illinois about 2 months ago

    A+ visit

    We wanted to thank Dan for being an extra ordinaire Alligator expert. We had several activities lined up during our visit in the South Walton area. Dan was the only one who called the day before the reservation to confirm and gave us detailed insight on what to expect. When we arrived at Fudpucker’s on March 29, 2018 Dan was already waiting outside for us, all in his uniform and very friendly smile. As a tourist, I asked him to take pictures of my boys during the whole tour and without hesitation he was happy to do so. He even took pictures from his phone and sent them to us (how wonderful is that!). When the tour was finished, Dan and the boys were waiting for us at our VIP area so we can dine in for lunch. My boys were very excited with the new information they have received... read more

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  • Sarah USA about 2 months ago

    Gator fun

    We booked the gator experience for our 8 year old son. We enjoyed it just as much as he did on our own private adventure. We learned so much about alligators... it was a great spring break educational experience as well. Daniel was awesome and really made it fun! Of course, my son's favorite was getting to hold the gator. Now I just have to keep reminding my son we are not getting an alligator for a pet!

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  • Angela Dunn Charleston, IL about 5 months ago


    Daniel was so very amazing! He really made it an extraordinary experience for my 9 year old son. He went above and beyond what was necessary and we were so very thrilled to have this day! I cant say enough it can not be put into words my appreciation!!!We came from Illinois and had many adventures but for this experience alone the trip was worth it and we would definitely recommend this and will definitely come back to re-experience this!

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  • Justin Slocum USA about 7 months ago

    Amazing Experience

    I took my 9-year old son to the Gator Experience, which we had the pre-open tickets and able to feed the gators and get a more personal experience before the park opened. Our guide was Trey Tisdale and he was fantastic. The 6 days we spent in Destin, this was still my sons favorite part. I would highly recommend this activity. Getting an opportunity to feed the gators along with Pearl (Albino gator) within her cage. Overall, awesome experience!

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  • Mitch DFW about 9 months ago

    Gator Experience was great experience!

    My two 11 year old boys had a great time. They learned a lot and were there on a day that allowed us to feed the adult alligators. We also got to feed the baby alligators the albino alligator. It was just the 3 of us so it was very personalized. Trey was great with the boys and extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We highly recommend.

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  • Monica Fabacher USA about 10 months ago

    Gator Experience

    This was the highlight of my grandsons Florida trip. Trey our guide was awesome and the boys learned so much. They have not stopped talking about feeding the gators and about Pearl. I highly recommend this experience.

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  • Zulema Fort Worth TX about 10 months ago

    A MUST if traveling to Destin!

    The Gator experience was one of the many things I booked for our family trip to Destin this year, and at the end of our trip, our whole family felt it was one of the best! We absolutly loved it! Our girls (8 and 10) were in awe of all the awesome things they learned and got to do. Trey was absolutely amazing. He was so knowledgeable and charismatic. We had a great time and got to do lots of fun things. We loved that it was just our family there. Truly felt like a "VIP" treatment. At the end my eldest said "Wow I feel so special!". That meant the world to us! If you are traveling to Destin this is a MUST! We can't wait to go back next year to see Trey and the gators again!

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  • Todd Anderson Illinois about 10 months ago

    Gator Experience @ Gator Beach (Fudpuckers)

    I took my almost 4 year old and my 8 year old daughters to the Gator Experience while we were vacationing in Destin and it was one of the highlights of the trip. We got a ton of educational information along with the fun and exciting experience of being so close to the alligators. Daniel was a lot of fun with the kids and made sure to tailor the tour to us specifically. The extra effort of the special gifts they provide you at the end is icing on the cake. If you're looking for a unique fun thing to try while in Destin where the adults will have as much fun as the kids, this is it. PS - the food at Fudpuckers that we enjoyed afterwards was great. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Julie Cameron USA about 11 months ago

    An AMAZING Experience with Daniel @ Gator Beach!!!

    Trying to find something to do with our son and his friend who are 10 years old, we ran across Gator Experience: Behind the Scenes. A little skeptical, we went ahead and booked not knowing what to expect? To our surprise, it was the most incredibly educational and FUN experience of the whole trip. I can't say enough GREAT things about Daniel, our leader for the 2-hour experience!!! On top of it all, we got enough food vouchers included to have lunch in their restaurant....which, again, I was surprised at how great the food was and how NICE all the staff were!!! They made us feel SO SPECIAL!!! Don't miss out on this experience when in the Destin/Panama Beach area!!!

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  • Kurtis USA about 11 months ago

    Great experience

    Would recommend to anyone my family really enjoyed this.

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