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St. Augustine Alligator Farm: Superb bird rookery at historic attraction

Photographers love the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. (Photo Snowmanradio via Wikipedia.)

Photographers love the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. (Photo Snowmanradio via Wikipedia.)

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com,June 24, 2015 – For years, I’ve seen stunning photographs of birds taken at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm rookery.

Meanwhile, my love of things Old Florida means I am always intrigued by surviving vintage roadside attractions.

So when I visited St. Augustine this June, I needed to check out the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. The historic marker out front confirmed the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is one of the oldest of the old-time attractions – it was founded in 1893! It’s a federally recognized historic district unto itself –the one- acre St. Augustine Alligator Farm Historic District.

In keeping with its colorful past, it hypes a new adventure (zipline over the crocodiles!) and sells all sorts of Floridiana (exit through the gift shop!)

If I hadn’t had a free pass as a travel writer, I’m not sure I would have sprung for the hefty $22.95 admission.

But I’m so glad I did.

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