A Gator Experience: Behind the Scenes with the Gator Team

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JUST LISTED - 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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Review of A Gator Experience: Behind the Scenes with the Gator Team

  • Meagen Seip Fort Walton Beach, FL Jun 14 2017 09:36am

    I am a local here in FWB Fl, born and raised. I have four boys ages 12, 11, 10, and 8. Being that there really isn't a whole lot of activities for kids or adults that don't include the beach, we are always looking for something new to do. When I initially heard about the Gator experience, I was mainly thinking it would be fun and just something different for the boys to do. Let me first say that I was absolutely blown away!!! For the first run I took my three oldest ones only, Merely because my youngest is high function autistic. I just wanted to know what to expect before bringing him. We were met at the entrance of the park by the head trainer Daniel. Super enthusiastic and caught the boys attention immediately. Without spoiling some of the cool things that happen during this tour, I will say I was most impressed with the amount of teaching that occurred over the time that he spent with the boys. From nesting and habitat, predators and prey, they learned a significant amount about alligators! They truly were able to experience things only a trainer does. It was super exciting for them from the moment they entered the staff only door! My oldest wasn't thrilled about going at first, but the moment he walked through that door he instantly switched. From feeding the tiny baby alligators, to getting a once in a lifetime experience with 1 of 48 in the nations only true albino alligators, this tour is at the top of my list for things that must happen if you visit, or if you are a resident! Completely in awe, my boys still talk about it! I did bring my youngest one back for him to be able to experience this wonderful tour, and it was just as amazing! My little one went to school everyday after wearing his gator team name tag! He says every time we pass Destin Fudpuckers, "Mom! lets go see Mr. Daniel and the alligators.!" It was truly the highlight of their year, we will be booking another trip it was just that good! Don't miss out!

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  • Angela Dunn Charleston, IL about 2 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 4 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 months ago

    Great experience

    Would recommend to anyone my family really enjoyed this.

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  • caroline sweeney USA about 8 months ago

    Great Time!

    Our experience was fantastic! Our guide was Daniel and he was so great with our children, super patient and welcomed so many questions that our kids had. We really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend it to all the alligator lovers out there!!

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  • Atlanta about 9 months ago

    Family loved it!

    We attended this tour on our annual Destin vacation from Atlanta. The tour was on point and very well organized. Daniel did a great job from start to finish with keeping the kids engaged. We had a 8 and 10 year old plus my wife and I. The favorte part was feeding the gators. They would jump high out of the water for the chicken, really cool! We got to eat afterwards, which was a nice perk. For the private experience, it was worth it. Definately make this part of your trip for a non beach day.

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