Located just inside Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is a wondrous wildlife habitat and home to the largest crocodile in the United States. Utan, the King Croc resides at Alligator Adventure. There are eleven different animal exhibits; while it is known as the “Reptile Capital of the World” reptiles are not the only residents, river otters, beavers, tropical birds, zebras, tigers and other big cats and loveable lemurs.
There are over 800 alligators in residence, ranging in age and size from infants (eight inches long) to fifteen feet adults that weigh 500 to 1,000 pounds. In the “Serpentarium” are some of the world’s largest and deadliest snakes, the Green Anaconda (can reach lengths over 37 feet), Retriculated Python (almost as big as the Anaconda) and the King Cobra (largest, most intelligent snake). Two species of tortoises are on display, Galapagos and Aldabra; other than the shape of their heads these two species are identical in appearance. Industrious beavers and playful otters enjoy their lives here. Beavers have very poor eyesight and rely heavily on their other senses when building. Otters have two speeds according to Alligator Adventure, wide awake and fast asleep. The turtle yard houses rare and unusual frogs, lizards and turtles. These are a must see when visiting the park.
It can take up to two days to really see and enjoy all that Alligator Adventure has to offer, that is why the second day’s admission is free as long as you return within 7 days. Alligator Adventure is open year round; while the alligators do not eat year round there are two special demonstrations available for visitors. Live feedings occur from mid April until mid October. During the cooler months when they are not being fed there are live demonstrations and lectures on how to handle these ancient creatures.