Worth the Drive

If you’re looking to go wild this summer but don’t feel like making the hours-long drive to a zoo, check out Texas Alligator Ranch in Spearman. Just 30 miles southwest of Perryton, it’s the only alligator farm in the panhandle.

Dean Coates, a former aircraft mechanic, started the farm in November of 2001. Now, it’s home to approximately dozens of gators of all sizes, ranging from hatchlings to mature 400-pounders.

Visitors have the chance for an up-close view of younger alligators inside the facility and large, decades-old gators outdoors. There’s also a souvenir shop onsite.

Address: 1429 W. Highway 15 (a quarter-mile west of Spearman)
Phone: 806.644.2925
Hours: Monday–Friday 3–7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: $4


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