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Hot Springs - Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

847 Whittington Avenue

The alligator farm was founded in 1902 by Mr. H.L.Campbell and sold to Mr. Donny S.  Older between the years of 1902 and 1929. It was known as the Hot Springs " Gator " Farm with over 1500  alligator Missippians and a small museum.

The Alligator Farm was started because of the need for some type of tourist attraction due to the great  influx of  people who at this time came to take the Hot Thermal Baths,and there were no attractions other than the natural  resources. The reasoning behind the origination of the Alligator Farm was due to the fact that the alligators are  native and are found in South Arkansas between Hope and Texarkana in an area known as Grassy Lake.

In 1945, the farm was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bridges, Sr., and the name became The Arkansas Alligator  Farm with the addition of other animals such as monkeys, raccoons, big logger-head turtles, and a gift shop.In  1965, the farm was purchased by Jack Bridges, Jr. and his wife Sue who presently operate the attraction with  many added attractions such as a petting zoo with whitetail deer, ostrich, llamas, fallow deer, rheas, sheep, and  pygmy goats. Feed is furnished to feed animals. There are also raccoons,albino raccoon, several types of  primates, Arkansas mt. lions,  wild ducks,  other fowl, and a small museum. You can also pet a real live alligator  with the help of a highly trained alligator farm employee.


Hunter Young

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Beyond cool spot. Came down on vacation, and was kind of iffy because of all the bad reviews... But this place is amazing. Boyfriend used to have a lot of the animals they have, and everything they had was proper so I don't know why people are saying other wise. The two guys were amazing and friendly. Even gave my son a free alligator toy. Will definitely be back if we come down here again!

Greg Overton

Sunday, April 22, 2018
A fun place to go and experience. There is a feeding part where you can feed different animals. You can also feed and hold an alligator.

Erin Maloney

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
I generally avoid these kinds of roadside zoos, but my husband wanted to take our niece to see the alligators. There is a small petting zoo with some goats and other assorted animals, and they seem fairly well cared for. The alligators are packed into very small indoor enclosures, sorted by size in three dirty little pools. Kids can feed them hotdogs on the end of a stick, which seems very unhealthy for the gators. There were also lemurs and a gibbon I think, a mountain lion, wolves and a very distressed raccoon. All of these animals have enclosures that are much too small for them. I think all of these animals would be much better off elsewhere.

Damien Blacke

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Very interesting place to visit. Kids loved the goats. Great place to visit and take the kiddos. Kids had fun holding the baby alligator.

Keith a Hall

Saturday, Sep. 2, 2017
Was a great place! We came to Hot Springs for vacation and did a search on best places to visit and this came up. Stopped by for a short stop and we were very pleased! The staff is SUPER FRIENDLY and the grounds and animals are very well cared for. A wide variety of animals (about a dozen species) and a nice petting zoo area. Would definitely recommend!

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