Frequently Asked Questions

About the Park 

What government agency oversees the Park?

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

How big is the park?

Orlando Wetlands Park is 1650 acres with 1200 of that consisting of man-made wetlands for water treatment.

What kind of special events do you have?

Once a year, the Park sponsors the Orlando Wetlands Festival held at Ft. Christmas Historical Park. 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 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.

Getting Around

Can I drive my car through the Park?

No. Motorized vehicles are prohibited except for staff.

How long does it take to get around the park?

It depends whether you walk, bring your bike or take a tram tour. The average visit is about 2 to 4 hours. There are over 18 miles of berms. Be sure to pick up a map, especially if you are walking.

Is the Park handicap accessible?

Some facilities are. The parking lot has reserved spaces. The Education Center is accessible as are some picnic tables.

Can I bring my stroller, wheelchair or electric service vehicle?

Yes you can. The Park seeks to include guests of all ages and physical abilities, although it is important to note that not all park locations are wheelchair or ESV accessible. Electric service vehicles are only allowed on the berm roads for disabled persons. 

Pricing and Food 

Is there a cost for admission and parking?

Admission and parking is free, but donations are accepted.

Can I get drinks at the park?

The park has public drinking fountain located on the east side of the restrooms. There is also a water bottle refiller. Soft drinks and bottled water are available for purchase only on Fridays and Saturdays when there is an attendant in the Education Center.

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 Friday and Saturdays only. Many visitors bring drinks and a picnic lunch.

Wildlife and Pets

How many alligators are at the Park?

A 2015 estimate was over 1700 alligators.

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.

Can I bring my pet?

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