Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Around

Can I access the Park before sunrise or at/after sunset?

No. The gate is automatically controlled by the City of Orlando. It opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Violators may be trespassed.


Is there a cost for admission and parking?

Admission and parking are free, but donations are accepted. Parking may be limited during peak seasons (winter & spring).


Where are restrooms located?

Restroom facilities are only located at the front entrance of the park.


Can I bring my pet?

No. Pets are not permitted at the Park leashed or unleashed. There are hundreds of alligators as well as birds of prey present.


Can I drive my car through the Park?

No. Motorized vehicles are prohibited except for staff.

Can I bring my electric bike, scooter, Segway, hoverboard, etc.? Can I bring my electric wheelchair or mobility assistance device?

  • Recreational electric & gas-powered vehicles (bikes, Segways, hoverboards, etc.): These are not permitted.
  • Mobility assistance devices (wheelchairs, pedal-assist bikes, handicap scooters, etc.): These are permitted so long as you’re not a danger to pedestrians and speeds are kept low.


Is the Park handicap accessible?

Most facilities are. The parking lot has reserved spaces. The Education Center and Cypress Boardwalk are accessible as are some picnic tables. Berm roads throughout the park are predominantly compacted sand-shell that is wheelchair accessible in good weather conditions.


Can I bring my stroller?

Yes you can.

How big is the Park and how long does it take to get around?

Orlando Wetlands Park is 1650 acres and over 18 miles of berm road trails. Please pick up a Park Map at the front entrance or access it on our website. The average visit is about two to four hours. There are over 18 miles of berms. 



Pricing and Food 

Where can I get water at the Park?

We recommend you bring your own water bottle. The park has a public drinking fountain located on the east side of the restrooms. There is also a water bottle filling station. Soft drinks and bottled water are available for purchase only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays* when there is an attendant in the Education Center.

*Sundays: September – May only.


Where can I buy lunch?

Where can I buy lunch? There is no nearby restaurant, but there are colas and water available in the Education Center which is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays* only. Many visitors bring drinks and a picnic lunch.

*Sundays: September – May only.



Wildlife and Pets

How many alligators are at the Park?

A 2015 estimate was over 1700 alligators. Please supervise your children at all times and stay on top of the berm roads.


Can we feed the animals at the Park?

Absolutely not! This creates a danger for yourself and other visitors. Alligators and other potentially dangerous animals that lose their fear of humans will need to be euthanized.


I see an injured animal at the Park. What should I do?

Do not touch or attempt to "rescue" the animal in any way. Only contact the Park if it is a Threatened or Endangered species. Animals live and die in the Park every day. Human interference would only disrupt the natural cycle of life and would put you in danger. Remember: an injured animal is still a wild animal.



About the Park 

What government agency oversees the Park?

The Park is a facility of the City of Orlando, Public Works Department, Wastewater Division.


What kind of special events do you have?

Biannually, the Park sponsors the Orlando Wetlands Festival. Other special events such as classes and guided hikes may also occur during the year.


What should I wear to the Park?

Proper dress is important. The berms are very open and so exposure to sun and wind are always possible. A wide brimmed hat is recommended as are comfortable, closed-toed shoes to help avoid fire ants, sand spurs, etc.


Does the Park have a Lost & Found?

Yes. If you have already left the Park for the day and realized you lost an item, you may call 407.568.1706 to inquire.