Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo, Hot Springs

Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo is a privately owned zoo located on Whittington Avenue in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The farm raises alligators and has done so since it was founded in 1902. The farm includes a small museum with a collection of mounted alligators, a souvenir shop and a snack bar. It includes the mummified carcass purporting to be a "Merman", similar to ones held in Ripley's Believe It or Not! museums.
The main alligator pit contains a small headstone, a memorial to somebody's fox terrier that was killed by alligators on that spot in 1906.
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  • We have come to this 'attraction' for years. I came with my family when I was a teenager and have since brought my daughter and my bonus daughter multiple times. It is always a joy, the animals are...  more »
  • To quote my friend who recently visited for the first with his wife and his grandchildren, “I am no fan of PETA, but someone needs to call them.”  more »
  • This place has been around for a very long time. How long? Originally all baseball teams come to hot springs for spring training. The baseball field was right across the street from this alligator...  more »
  • Fun stop with the family! They have different animals for petting and the biggest alligator snappers I've ever seen! Feeding the alligators was fun for the kids and it's inside which helps to get away from the heat a little. Go when its hottest and get there before 1130 so you have time to get a good spot to watch the feeding at noon!
  • We absolutely love this place! Great people and awesome experience! A little pricey to feed 2 pieces of meat to baby gators, but super awesome they let you hold one for free! Go see their petting zoo! Tortoises & goats are adorable!
  • This place was really awesome! Super friendly staff and an overall great experience. I highly recommended going, especially if you have kids. The feed the Gators on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday's at noon. Try and plan your trip around those times. Also the kids can feed the baby gators for $5!
  • We had a great time at the Arkansas Alligator Farm. There was enough to do to fill a few hours. I recommend going during the feeding times. You can even feed some of the animals yourself. Unlike the zoo, you can get pretty close to the animals. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Owners and staff were very friendly. We were so excited to hold and pet the alligators and goats. If you're in Hot Springs I highly recommend going here. Tell them Loren told you to come.

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