Take a walk on the wild side during your visit to St. Augustine. From wild animals to challenging zip line courses, it’s no wonder that the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is one of the most popular attractions around. This is a must for anyone traveling with young kids or animal-lovers hoping to get an up-close look at some of the most powerful and majestic creatures on Earth. Get a sneak peek of everything you’ll see at this awesome zoo!
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The History of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
In 1893, George Reddington and Felix Fire, two eccentric businessmen, started collecting alligators and housing them on nearby Anastasia Island. The first St. Augustine Alligator Farm opened in the South Beach area during this year. By 1910, the zoo had been established as one of the most popular attractions in the region and the biggest alligator farm in the world. In 1920, however, the business had to relocate to its current location thanks to a destructive storm which hit South Beach. This move, however, didn’t tarnish the attraction’s popularity and it has remained one of the most beloved spots in St. Augustine. In fact, it’s the only facility in the world with all 24 currently recognized species of crocodilian. More than just a zoo, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is dedicated to teaching guests about each of the animals housed within the park.
Admire the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park Exhibits
WIth over one-dozen exhibits in the park, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm showcases everything from lemurs to crocodiles and more! See the many native species of birds that live within the Wading Bird Rookery or the many fossils and skeletons collected by the park over the years. You can even see their albino alligators, a rare find.
Glide Through a Zip Line
For a bird’s eye view of the park, purchase a ticket to the Alligator Farm’s zip line course, Crocodile Crossing. You’ll soar over the treetops and maneuver through obstacles through seven acres of this course. During your ride, you’ll see live alligators and crocodiles beneath you, as well as tropical birds and red-ruffed lemurs right in front of you. There are two different courses: the first, the Sepik River Course, is shorter and easier and is just $37 per ride. The second one is the Nile River Course and is more difficult, much longer, and $67 per ride.
You can also take the Python Challenge, which is an open-air free-fall over 40 feet! You’ll step off the top of a custom-built platform, hooked into a secure harness that will smoothly take you to the ground. Tickets to the Python Challenge are just $10 for one jump, $15 for three jumps, and $17 for two climbs and two jumps per person.
Purchase Your Alligator Farm Tickets
Are you ready for the adventure? Tickets to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm are just $25.99 for adults aged 12 or older, $14.99 for children aged three to 11. The park is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours in the summer (from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
Stay at Agustin Inn
After your visit to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park, return to Agustin Inn and enjoying a relaxing evening. We have a fantastic selection of guest rooms, each with comfortable furnishings and beautiful decor.
Consider booking Drake, one of our spacious suites on the third floor. This room features a queen-size bed, an over-sized Jacuzzi tub with shower, and a quiet location.
Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.