Alligators and Wildlife Discovery Center in Madeira Beach

By Published On: September 1st, 2021

Alligator & Wildlife Discover Center in Madeira Beach

Published on 09/01/21: Working to get back into adventure form! Has been a busy 2 weeks as we adjust to Colt’s school schedule, transition back to the NE area of St. Pete & catch up on home maintenance after being away this summer. Now slowly resuming what makes our family the happiest, experiences/adventures. First on the list was to see alligators in Madeira Beach!

You know we love the beach atmosphere (not ‘laying out’ in our case, simply the beach vibe), so when we find an experience on the beach side, it’s a combo that makes for a great day! Lunch with a Gulf view, a beachside band, maybe body board, AND THEN tackle a nearby adventure.

On Saturday we visited the Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center in Madeira Beach and we were surprised for two reasons:

1. It’s on the 2nd floor of John’s Pass. We expected to park at a nature’esque facility.

2. Once you enter, you have no idea you’re in John’s Pass. They’ve done a great job, making it one of our favorite animal adventures yet. Upon entering the doors from bustling John’s Pass, Chevy Chase popped in my head “If I woke up tomorrow morning with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now!”.

Education is Key at the Wildlife Discovery Center

The Discovery Center cares for animals that wouldn’t survive in the wild. These are primarily exotic pets that have been surrendered for various reasons & now dependent on humans for most everything. This creates an opportunity for us to learn about the 180+ animals. As Managing Partner, Sonny Flynn, said in this Fox13 interview: “Education is key. The more you know, the more you take with you, the more our ecosystem is going to be safe.”

The staff was excellent, always available for questions! For up-close learning, you can even hold some of the animals. There’s an additional charge for these experiences, ranging from $5 (many of them) to $156 for a VIP gator experience. In the middle are the sloth encounters at $25-$75. Teachers can also book field trips. Either virtual, onsite, or Sonny’s team can come to you!


M-Sat: 11am-7pm
Sun: 12-6pm


Ages 3-12: $8
13-59: $12
60+: $10

Google Reviews: 1370 reviews with a 4.6/5 average

Address: 12973 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL

Phone: 727-329-8751

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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