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South Bay, Florida

One of many gator theme parks, abandoned in the sugar fields of South Florida. 


Edit Nov 2019: There is only one building left, completely covered by dense foliage, and nothing to see there anymore. 


Once a varied collection of South Florida reptiles, Gatorland has since become a property gutted and abandoned. It’s certainly among the hidden gems of South Florida, where many unused buildings are quickly demolished and repurposed as condos or storefronts.

Because of its location, Gatorland doesn’t seem to be in any danger of disappearing anytime soon. It is a symbol of the vast emptiness you find when leaving the big cities and exploring the sparsely populated areas of Florida.

Note: Not to be confused with the still-operating Gatorland located at 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

Update as of November 2019: A large amount of foliage now covers the buildings and the site may be difficult to see. 

Know Before You Go

From Miami-Dade or Broward County, take State Road 27 North towards South Bay/Belle Glade. If you reach South Bay, then you've gone too far. The building will be on your left going north, just before an abandoned church.