See a Classic Attraction in Hot Springs
With summer quickly approaching, many families looking for vacation activities may find themselves in Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, which boasts attractions, dining options, events, and hotels perfect for any length of stay.
The Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo
One of the oldest attractions in Hot Springs is the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo. The original Alligator Farm and Marine Museum opened in 1902 and featured over 1500 alligators. In 1947, the Bridges family purchased the attraction and renamed it the Arkansas Alligator Farm. They eventually included monkeys and three other types of primates, raccoons, logger-head turtles, wild ducks, wolves, Arkansas mountain lions, and more in the attraction. They also added a petting zoo that includes an emu, pygmy goats, and sheep.
Alligators are native to Arkansas, and until recently were on the endangered list due to overzealous hunting. Thanks to the efforts of groups like the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo, alligator numbers have risen, and they were removed from the endangered list in 1987. Alligators don’t eat from October to March, but starting in May, the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo holds live alligator feeding shows, which is perfect timing for travelers making a summer trip to Hot Springs. You can also hold a baby alligator all year long!
Open every day from 10AM-5PM
Live feed shows take place at 12PM from May until October on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
847 Whittington Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71901 (directions)
- Adults: $9.00
- 12 & Under: $7.00
- 2 & Under: FREE
- Adults: $6.50
- 12 & Under: $4.50
Discounts are available for seniors and military. Visit the website for coupons you can print or scan from your phone.
Insure Your Vehicle With Farm Bureau Insurance
Stay safe while making the trip to Hot Springs by insuring your car with Farm Bureau Insurance. With your member benefit discounts, you can also save on hotels, shopping, and more. To learn about the benefits of insuring with us, contact a local Farm Bureau Insurance agent using our Agent Finder.