Feed 'Em, Catch 'Em, Hatch 'Em!

Louisiana's #1 Interactive Alligator Tour

Locally Owned
Family Operated

Insta-Gator Ranch is owned by John Price, who saw the need for the conservation of alligators and combined it with education and entertainment. John and his family have operated the ranch since 2001 with a mission of teaching how alligators overcame all odds through sustainable conservation.

Saving Louisiana's
Alligators

In response to a rapid decline in alligators, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries began the Alligator Conservation Program in 1986. Since then, Ranchers have returned over one million alligators to the marsh and the program is now one of the most successful of its kind.

One-of-a-Kind Hands-On Education

In September 2001, Insta-Gator Ranch opened its doors to provide exciting educational guided tours. We offer tours to all ages. Our tours offer a one-of-a-kind experience, allowing you to feed 'em, catch 'em, and, seasonally, hatch 'em!

Gator Ranch Tours

Take a tour of the Insta-Gator Ranch where you’ll learn all about American Alligators, stroll through our temperature-controlled barns, feed hundreds of alligators ranging from 2 to 8 feet, and even have the option to catch our yearlings! 

 

Gators-to-Geaux

We’ll bring the fun of Insta-Gator Ranch to you! With Gators-to-Geaux, you can get up close and personal with our alligators, take photos with ’em, learn all about ’em, and even catch ’em!

 

Get to Know Louisiana's
Most Ancient Residents

Insta-Gator Ranch is the most informative and interactive alligator tour from Baton Rouge to Biloxi. You’ll see hundreds of alligators ranging from babies to 8 footers, learn about the history and anatomy of the American alligator, and see how Insta-Gator Ranch’s conservation efforts protect these beautiful creatures and preserve their environment.  During your tour, you will be able to pet and feed alligators, and, from August to September, you can even hatch a baby alligator in your hands!

Our Guests Have A Snappin' Good Time

Our Guest Reviews

Kate Stone
Kate Stone
December 16, 2023.
My daughter and I did this yesterday. It was so informative and so much fun! The staff were welcoming, and helpful, and the alligators were amazing. I love having the opportunity of a hands on experience, and this did not disappoint! I’ll be back for the hatching in August!
Jeffrey Kendall
Jeffrey Kendall
December 6, 2023.
Came here for my daughter’s 4th grade field trip and the kids had a blast. The workers were very knowledgeable and the hatchery was top notch.
m l
m l
November 20, 2023.
Me and my ~adult~ friends had so much fun here! Any travelers looking for an alligator excursion, this is a great place to get your gator fix! We stayed in New Orleans, 1 hour Uber drive out there, and no problem getting an Uber back from there. I’ve done the swamp tours, and I enjoyed this hands on experience even more. Definitely add the “Catch a Gator” to your experience!! The guys running the ranch were so great with the kids in our group too, they deserve a medal!! Very knowledgeable and made everyone feel safe and welcome. 10/10 recommend!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gators-to-Geaux is a program where we bring the alligators and fun of Insta-Gator Ranch to you. We offer customizable packages to fit your event type perfectly. Gators-to-Geaux is enjoyable for any event. 

Alligator hatching normally begins August 8th and ends around September 6th. The experience starts with a 5-10 minute explanation of how to assist your Baby Alligator out of his or her egg. Then, you’ll be shown the hatchery where you’ll help your baby out into the world. Once you have hatched your alligator, you may play with your baby as long as you like and take your baby for their 1st swim in a table top pool. Check out our Alligator Hatching page to learn more.

Our alligators would never miss a birthday party! With Insta-Gator, you can host your birthday party at the ranch or bring the snappin’ good time to you with our Gators-to-Geaux program! To learn more, check out our Birthday Parties page.

Ready for a one-of-a-kind experience? Insta-Gator Ranch tours will teach you all about the history of the American Alligator, the Alligator Protection Program, and how Insta-Gator Ranch helps alligators in the wild. Our general admission tours for groups of less than 25 are priced as follows:

12 Years & Under: 15$
13 Years & Up: 21$
65 & Up: 19$

We also offer a military discount. Check out our Gator Ranch Tours page for more information.

 In the late 1950s, the wild alligator population dropped to unacceptably low numbers of about 150,000. So the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries created the Louisiana Alligator Protection Program.

This program allows Ranchers to harvest eggs out of the marsh, with the understanding that 17% of those hatched must be returned to the marsh once they reach an average size. The program’s continued success has so dramatically increased the population that, through the years, the alligator return rate has been reduced substantially. Learn more about the Alligator Protection Program here.

Each tour runs around 45 minutes and has a maximum of 70 people per tour. Group numbers over 70 will be split into separate tours. The number of tours in your group will increase time required by 45 minutes per additional tour.