You are here

Home  >  Blog  >  #InstaMeetKissimmee: Gatorland Edition
#InstaMeetKissimmee

Here in Kissimmee, we love to explore vacations on the wild side.

We might be famous for our theme parks and make-believe lands, but believe us when we say our outdoor adventures are equally spectacular. And how do you celebrate the diverse nature, natural wonder, and local wildlife you’re lucky to call home? You invite a few friends to explore it with you. Enter: Experience Kissimmee’s second-ever InstaMeet—#InstaMeetKissimmee.

On Friday, June 15th—Nature Photography Day—we invited 20 talented photographers to explore Gatorland with us. Where better to explore and enjoy Central Florida’s natural beauty than the home of hundreds of alligators?

When you think “Gatorland” your mind naturally wanders to thoughts of Florida’s raddest reptile. But, did you know there’s so much more to the Park than gators galore? More than 30 bird species flock to Gatorland throughout the year. Especially in the morning and later at night, you’ll see them perch on the treetops surrounding the Park. From a 15-minute Swamp Walk, to aerial views from the top of the Breeding Marsh Tower, there’s so much to explore at Gatorland, and we’re lucky to have discovered it with some new pals.

#InstaMeetKissimmee Recap

We gathered in the jaws of the Historic Gator Mouth for a group shot, and then we headed into the park. From Breeding Marshes to Adventure Hour to Flamingo Island, we explored almost every inch of the Alligator Capital of the World®. Here are just a few of the shots shared during the adventure.    

Rise and shine! Luciana (@Lubarranco) caught a selfie while the gators were eating breakfast. 

Carolina (@windowtoorlando) got up close and personal to Trezo Jo, one of Gatorland’s super rare white alligators. Fun fact: “Trezo Jo” is Cajun Creole for “Treasures Eye”.

Attractions Magazine (@attractionsmagazine) stopped by and snapped everything from baby gators, to big birds, to nature walks.

Madelyn (@imadelyn) climbed up, waaaay up, to the top of the Breeding Marsh Tower and snapped a selfie.

Jamey (@passholderjamey) found pops of color throughout the park, including this blue and gold macaw!

Thanks to everyone who came out!

We’re sharing just a few of the snapshots taken by the incredibly talented photographers that joined our InstaMeet! To see the full gallery, check out the #InstaMeetKissimmee hashtag on Instagram. For more Kissimmee Instagram love, we recommend #MyKissimmee, where you can always share your Kissimmee vacation photos with us.

Two Claws Up for Gatorland

We could not have pulled this InstaMeet off without our partner, Gatorland. From opening early for extra time with the animals, to giving us access to feeding times and the Park’s wildlife experts, Gatorland’s hospitality made this event happen.

Make Every Day Nature Photography Day in Kissimmee

With year-round sunshine and access to Florida’s legendary Everglades, there’s always a reason to throw on your sneakers and explore the great outdoors in Kissimmee. Want to take a walk on the wild side with us? Let’s go. And stay tuned, you never know when the next #InstaMeetKissimmee might take place! (Hint: Following us on Instagram is a great way to keep in touch.)

Travel Tricks & Insider Tips

Film equipment

Getting Whelmed with Tyler Measom

January 21, 2020 by
We sat down with award-winning director Tyler Measom to discuss his new film, Finding Whelmed, and what this new phenomenon is all about.
Continue Reading

Where to Watch the Big Game in Kissimmee

January 16, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
We share the top places to catch the Big Game in Kissimmee, FL.
Continue Reading

Sticking With Your New Year's Resolution While on Vacation in Kissimmee

January 08, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
Want to make sure you stick to your New Year's resolution while on vacation? We can help!
Continue Reading

Kissimmee 2020: What’s New and What’s Next

January 02, 2020 by Experience Kissimmee
A new year means new rides, attractions, and restaurants! Here's a sneak peek at what's new and what’s next for your 2020 visit. 
Continue Reading
A family walks together in bathing suits in Kissimmee

The 2019 Kissimmee Round Up

December 26, 2019 by Experience Kissimmee
Vacationers took awesome photos this year in Kissimmee, and now we're sharing some of our favorites with you!
Continue Reading
A child slides down the ice slide at ICE!

Five Holiday Wonders in Kissimmee

December 19, 2019 by Experience Kissimmee
Want to be on every nice list this year? Then be sure to visit these five must-do activities while visiting this sunny version of a “wintery” wonderland.
Continue Reading