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Apr 18

Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

Baby GatorsThe Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo is a small but enjoyable attraction in the tourist trap town of Hot Springs.  Knowing that we were in Arkansas and not Florida or Louisiana we did not have the highest of expectations going in.  It surpassed those expectations unfortunately by not as much as we hoped.  Now it sounds like I am down on the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo.  That is not the case it had a few things going for it.  However, at the same time there were some things that we did not particularly care for.  Arkansas Alligator Farm
First and foremost, the staff was excellent.  Extremely nice, friendly, and great interacting with our kids.  Not every day has our little girls had the opportunities to pet and hold alligators.  Getting that close to the reptiles was a real treat.  Another thing we liked about the Arkansas Alligator Farm was the petting zoo.  Our girls loved feeding the deer, emu, goats, and sheep.  I thought my youngest would shy away from the animals but she too could not get enough of feeding the overeager animals. 
Alligator Snapping TurtleThe big selling point to visiting the Arkansas Alligator Farm is the large number of gators.  We were there in the early spring so they were all inside.  During the summer they have a feeding platform and pond area in the back of the main building.  I am sure a visit during their feeding times would be much more entertaining.  Needless to say, standing so close to the powerful beasts still got the heart pumping.  Another animal we enjoyed getting close to was the alligator snapping turtles.  wolf enclousure
Now I am not a member of PETA or someone that thinks zoos are inhumane and should be shutdown.  In fact, I love visiting zoos.  I will agree to just disagree with those that think otherwise.  Save some people some time there from living argumentative comments.  However, at the same time I just like to see animals in larger more naturalistic enclosures.  So in my mind when I pictured the Arkansas Alligator Farm I pictured more of a pond like setting.  The lemurs, wolves, and mountain lion enclosures were small, chain linked, and concreted.  In my opinion, they could have done without those animals.       
Touching GatorsOverall, the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo was a fun little diversion after our visit to Hot Springs National Park.  For us it will be a one and done type of place. But our little family enjoyed our one visit to the Arkansas Alligator Farm.  To see our reviews of other Arkansas attractions, click here Gators
Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo
Located at 847 Whittington Avenue, Hot Springs Arkansas
Hours of Operation March through October 9:30 to 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week the off season has different hours and days closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost as of this Posting Adults 13 and over $9.00 Children 2 to 12 $7.00
For more information visit their website at
http://www.alligatorfarmzoo.com/

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