Alligators Tram Tour
Of all the wildlife at Highlands Hammock State Park, none captures our attention quite like the reptiles. The park’s tram tour allows visitors the opportunity to observe alligators in their natural habitat. Visitors who take this tour are always thrilled to see alligators lined up basking in the sun on the banks of South Canal on brisk mornings. It’s not uncommon to see an alligator while hiking through Cypress Swamp or Fern Garden Trail. It’s truly amazing what wonderful creatures live in the park.
Alligators are cold-blooded, which means their body temperature is primarily determined by the temperature of the environment. Their tough scaly skin protects against desiccation and physical injury, and their young hatch from shelled eggs. Alligators construct nests in the summer and deposit 20 to 50 eggs, which hatch around two months.
While alligators are considered predators as adults, in their younger years, juveniles may fall prey to wading birds, raccoons and even other alligators. To reduce their vulnerability, young alligators from different nests may stay together for two years in a group referred to as a pod. If food is abundant, a young gator can grow about one foot per year with the greatest growth in the first year.
To learn more about these fascinating reptiles, plan a visit to Highlands Hammock and take a tram tour!
- $10 per adult; $5 for ages 6 to 12; ages 5 and under admitted free
- Park entry fees apply and tickets are sold on the day of the tour at the Hammock Inn
Hours of Operation
- Tours run daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during season
- A 3 p.m. tour may be added to meet visitor demand
- Holiday schedule may differ; please contact the Hammock Inn for details
- Hammock Inn, 863-402-0061