May 16, 2019 – Local government and tourism officials from throughout the state celebrated the official opening of the new Gator Chateau and Visitors Center Thursday at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park just off Interstate 10. The ribbon cutting ceremony officially marked the completion of the new $664,000 facility. The facility replaces the original Gator Chateau, which was built in 1989.
Visitors to the new 5,000-square-foot facility will see alligators of varying sizes up close in the lazy river pond and have a chance to hold and take photos with baby alligators. The attraction also features two turtles including Pierre, a 60-year-old alligator snapping turtle and the Parrain, the exhibit’s newest turtle.
Other highlights include a front porch with rocking chairs, a back viewing deck and gift shop. A butterfly garden will be added in the future.
Located off LA 1-10, Exit 64, in Jennings, the Gator Chateau is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm, and live gator feedings are hosted every Friday in June through September at 3:30 pm. Visitors are also encouraged to visit the children’s playground and picnic facilities at the Louisiana Oil & Gas Park next door. And of course, there’s a fabulous gift shop on site that features all things alligator! Admission to the Gator Chateau is free of charge, but donations are always appreciated!
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