Thanks so much for all the kind words and support about our new house. We are so excited and like I said in my last post, I can’t wait to share all the changes, updates, decorating and more as we make it our own.
Right now, I’m going to spend some time recapping you up on our trip to St. Augustine, Florida we took a few weeks ago. I’m excited to catch you up on our visit – it was our first time and we did lots of really cool things. I’m going to compile my favorites in a list in another post, but today I wanted to highlight my very favorite thing we did while we were there –
St. Augustine Alligator Park & Zoological Farm
Ok, if you are thinking “What is this mama talking about” – Hear me out! We stumbled upon this place when we were looking for an outing for the boys. I had zero expectations and I was legit blown away by how awesome it was. Hence, my need for an entire blog post dedicated to our day there – because if you are in the St. Augustine area, I HIGHLY recommend checking this place out – it was that good.
This place is over 100 years old and so much thought and effort and soul has been put into it – it’s unbelievable. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is the only place in the world where you can see every living species of crocodilian! They also host a wide range of other animals, as well as birds, reptiles, fossils, and more!
There are tons and tons of alligators + crocodiles, but there are also lots of great interactive exhibits and shows for the kids to enjoy.
On the day we visited, there were three main shows throughout the day, which were incredible – more on those shortly – but in between shows we made our way through all the impressive exhibits.
My favorite of which would have to be Maximo.
Maximo is 15 foot 3 inches, 1,250-pounds – the largest animal at The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.
A saltwater crocodile, or “Saltie” as his species is called in Australia, Maximo hatched from an egg collected by aborigines along an Australian river bank. He grew to his adult size at the Cairn’s Crocodile Farm. The underwater viewing window is an amazing way to view him up-close and personal.
Another amazing area is the Native Swamp. Here there are HUNDREDS – Seriously Hundreds of alligators all around you. There is a wooden pathway raised above the water you can walk along to view them sunbathing, swimming or eating a meal – ‘gators of all sizes!
One of the reasons I was so impressed with the facility was just how LARGE it is! The zoo is HUGE. I honestly didn’t except much when we pulled up and then was blown away by how well done and the overall size of the zoo. It was a great way to spend an entire day with the kids.
And when we went it was a big time for nesting birds. There were 100+ photographers there to take pictures of these little guys and their beautiful blue eggs. I wish I caught the name, but it was great to show the boys!
See all the white birds in the trees above the alligators? Its a good thing they are kept well fed!
Along with all the reptiles in this zoo, there were so many exotic bids to be able to see up close and personal. Like this blue beauty.
Another really cool spot that the boys got to enjoy was the KidsZone. There was a huge outside play area where the littles got to get the wiggles out. They were excellent seeing all the wildlife, but after a while these boys want to run and jump and climb – which is just what this area allowed them to do.
All in all, it was a fabulous day. We didn’t expect it to be as much fun as it was, but we all had a great time and would very much recommend it to anyone in the area. I saved a bunch of the highlights from our visit in my IG Stories on my profile – Under St. Augustine – which includes some clips from the three shows we got to see.
The shows were amazing because we got to see the trainers interacting with the gators and crocodiles, which was thrilling at times. We learned tons of facts about them and each show was super entertaining and different.
I think the coolest part was when we got to see the Alligators being fed! That was really special and I will never forget how high they jumped and with so much force!
This is not sponsored – it might sound that way with how much I am saying I love it – but we just had an amazing day and I seriously recommend it to anyone visiting the St. Augustine area. It was such a treat to find and I am so glad we got to include it in our visit there!
More on the rest of our trip coming your way this week – if you have any questions or anything you want me to include in the post, send me a message and let me know!
Now I’d love to know – What do you think of the Alligator Park? Is this something your kids would enjoy?? Please share!