New things emerge at Shallotte River Swamp Park

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By Laura Lewis, Reporter

A Gator Cam, late-night summer hours and a new zipline trek are among the latest seasonal offerings at Shallotte River Swamp Park at 5550 Watts Road, Ocean Isle Beach.

New for 2018 is the Swamp Park Gator Cam, viewable at shallotteriverswamppark.com or on the park’s Facebook page, which scans and focuses on the swamp park’s renowned alligator sanctuary.

Swamp Park manager George Howard said the park now has 13 rescued American alligators in its sanctuary, which has been built up to about 8,000 square feet.

Now that the gators have thawed from their international exposure breathing through the winter ice last January, the Gator Cam puts them in a whole new light.

“It shows them being nice and fat and happy and enjoying the sunshine like everybody else that comes to the beach,” Howard said.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights this summer, the Swamp Park Adventure Park is open late until 11 p.m. and is “all lit up,” Howard said.

The Swamp Park is also offering a new Coastal Chaos Tour three-zipline circuit.

“It’s not a hand-line course — it’s an auto-brake course,” Howard said.

This course doesn’t require zipliners to use gloved hands to slow down.

“On this one you don’t have to do any of that,” Howard said. “You just zip down” with devices that do the slowing for you.

The cost is $32 per person. For more information, go to the Swamp Park website or call 687-6100.

Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.