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What to Wear to Gatorland | Easily Explained

Dressing incorrectly for any theme park can negatively affect your experience for an entire day.

This is why in this page we will explain how to dress for Gatorland along with the reasons why these are the best options.

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What to Wear to Gatorland

As soon as you enter through the gates of the park, you'll immediately realize that Gatorland is extremely humid, after-all it's in a swamp!

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You'll want to dress comfortably but with a hint of athleticism. Light clothing will go a long way in enduring an entire day of walking, sweating, and possibly even getting wet (from the rain or Gator Gully Splash Park).

Attire Checklist

  • Nylon shorts
  • Short sleeve athletic compression shirt/dry fit shirt
  • Walking/running shoes
  • Spare change of clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen/Sunblock
  • Extra pair of socks

athletic but comfortable clothes

Many guests initially laugh at the suggestion of bringing an extra pair of socks until their socks become soaked from the rain, and they are stuck with them the rest of the day.

If Planning to Visit Gatorland's Water Park on the Same Day

  • Bathing Suit
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Towel

Explaining Each Checklist Item

Loose Fitting Shirt

A loose fitting athletic shirt will feel amazing during a breeze, generally dries up quicker, and most importantly won't feel like 1,000 lbs after an entire day at the park.

Shorts With Pockets

You'd be surprised at how many athletic shorts don't have pockets, and guests order it online, and don't realize it until the day of their visit.

They then either can't wear those shorts, or do wear them and then have to carry their personal items all day.


Sunglasses will allow you to be able to see clearly throughout the entire day (or else you will be squinting the entire day), while sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun.


A hat isn't a must-have to wear to the park but it is definitely nice to have as it will shield your scalp from the sun, while giving you the comfort of not needing to fix your hair for every picture.


Additionally, there are many walkways that aren't covered throughout the park. When the sun is out in the afternoon, it can become very hot, very quickly.

However, you'll want to remember to take off your hat for any ride that will pick up in speed.


Although you necessarily won't 'wear a poncho', it's important to carry one especially if you're visiting during the summer months.

Florida is notorious for its afternoon rain showers, even if the sun is still out.

Rather than carrying a large umbrella for an entire day in case it rains, just carry an ultra lightweight poncho in your pocket or bag, and your future-self will thank you in the event that it does rain.

Items to Avoid

Cotton T-shirts

As they tend to take a long time to dry in the humidity, sweat, and water rides.


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