Ferocious alligators are at it again in and around Naples, Florida area. People are up and about are all excited to see the thick hides and the stealthy movements; that careful sway of the tail as the monster wades slowly then disappears into the murky waters. There is a dangerous allure to the alligator that draws the bravest of souls near to it, if only to gawk at its magnificence. Its piercing eyes, its sharp teeth, indifferent to the fate of any living creature, both man and beast that goes near it. If you are among these hardened people who can stand to bear the creature’s unpredictable raw power, then here are the few places we know of where you stare at the eyes of this untamed wonder.

Warning: This is not for the faint of heart.

Naples Zoo

The Zoo is located around Naples, Florida downtown area. The zoo is covered with Carribean style gardens as well as many other animals and exotic plants. However, if you want to go straight into the action, you will want to to go Alligator Bay. As the name suggests, this is where all the alligators in the zoo are found. Experts can be found in the bay who share their knowledge about the importance of alligators. And if you’re lucky you may just be in time for the feeding, where you can catch the alligators tear through a lot of pounds of meat with their razor sharp teeth and vicious claws.

Big Cypress National Preserve

The preserve boasts a long wooden boardwalk that can takes tourists across vast swaths of ancient trees and thick plants as well as some rare orchids to boot. The trip is short and safe as you will be guided be experts along the way. Now, while these are all pleasing to the eye, do not be fooled for if you look close enough, in between those green and thick shrubs and vines may lie and alligator or two, on the prowl for their next hunt. Let’s just hope you’re not the prey they’re looking for.

Everglades National Park

If you don’t want to spend your time looking for a gator. Then your best best bet would be the Everglades National Park. There are over 200,00 gators spread out in this 1.5 million acres of untamed wilderness. You will have to be a very unlucky person indeed not to encounter at least one. You will get to see hatchling gators and perhaps even gator eggs to in their visitor centers. If you truly want to get up close and personal with the gators then you should come here, if you dare.

All of these are awesome places to go to when looking for gators. There are many more places but we will cover these in a later article soon. For now, we recommend for you to check out our Business Directory section in Divinenaples.com or our Tourist Guide section for more information about alligator-related businesses as well as other establishments and tourist destinations that will make your stay in Naples, Florida a truly pleasant one.

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