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Alligator Adventure

Don't let the sunbathing, alligators lounging around Alligator Adventure fool you. When it's feeding time, these slumbering reptiles will leap out of the swamp and into the air for their food. Raw chicken has a way with them.

Hundreds of American alligators call this reptile park home. But they're not the only residents. The 15-acre park also houses exotic birds, Galapagos tortoises, water buffalo, river otters, a pair of Siberian tigers, snakes and other spine-tingling characters.

Highlights include the alligator feedings and reptile shows throughout the day, which provide a chance to get up close and personal with some of the residents, including baby alligators and pythons.

Boardwalks over marshes and through natural settings direct your path, and there are plenty of places to relax along the way and watch the wildlife. Plan to spend a couple of hours here to take it all in.

You won't want to miss checking out the unusual albino alligators, housed in an enclosure out of the sun; the playful river otters; the newest addition - the wide-eyed lemurs; the rambunctious Siberian tigers; and Bob, the rare American alligator who was born without a tail. Bob's been a fixture and a favorite at the park and has his own exhibit near Croc Cove.

Alligator Adventure encourages you to slow down, just like its reptilian residents, and commune awhile with the natural world.

Alligator AdventureWhere| Barefoot Landing, U.S. 17 South, North Myrtle BeachWhen| Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, tickets sold until 8 p.m.How much| $15.95 ages 13-54; $13.95 ages 62 and older; $9.95 ages 4-12; free ages 3 and younger; locals half-price with IDFor more information| Call 361-0789 or visit