Opened in 1893, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park is one of Florida’s oldest continuously running attractions. Originally located in St. Augustine Beach at the terminus of a railway running to Anastasia Island, two men began collecting alligators they found in the area to attract tourists to their gift shop, museum and souvenirs. Soon, the alligators were the main attraction and in the 1920s, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm moved to its current location on Anastasia Island just outside of Anastasia Island State Park. Today, the park is not only one of St. Augustine’s favorite attractions; it is a symbol of old Florida, of its history and growth due to tourism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With over 20 species of crocodilians, a variety of reptiles, mammals and birds, exhibits, animal performances and educational demonstrations, the St Augustine Alligator Farm is a must see during your Vacation in St Augustine FL.
The newest exhibit is the Komodo Dragon Exhibit. This exhibit was the largest expansion in the zoo’s 115 year history and features birds and reptiles including the world’s most dangerous bird, the Double-wattled Cassowary. Impressive for all ages, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is home to Maximo, a 1250 pound Saltwater Crocodile. Maximo is the largest live animal in the park and the exhibit offers underwater viewing windows for an up-close-and-personal experience. Gomek Forever is one of the park’s favorite exhibits. Gomek, an 18 foot long, 2,000 pound crocodile, was taxidermied and is the largest crocodile ever on display.
If you’ve had enough of reptiles, head over to the Wading Bird Rookery exhibit. Explore the native wetlands of Florida and the birds that inhabit them. The best time to see these herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills and wood storks is during late spring and early summer when the birds breed and raise families. The Birds of Africa is another unique exhibit with Africa’s largest bird carrion eaters. View the scavenger nature of cape griffon vultures, hooded vultures and marabou storks during a daily feeding demonstration.
Other species at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm include toucans, giant tortoises, deer parrots, Australian kookaburras, pygmy marmoset (the world’s smallest monkey), spider monkey and albino alligators. Come stay in our premier Bed and Breakfast in St Augustine, just 2 miles from the St Augustine Alligator Farm. Our Bed and Breakfast St. Augustine Florida are perfectly situated in the heart of the St Augustine Historic District, minutes from the Castillo de San Marcos Fort and just a short drive from the attractions on Anastasia Island. Book your Vacation in St Augustine FL today!