Time for Alligators in Hot Springs!

Alligator Farm BrochureOur next adventure was down at The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo. This is a privately owned zoo located down on Whittington Avenue in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  This small zoo has a petting area and you can feed the little residents there (not the gators). The larger alligators were already moved out to the summer habitat, while the youngsters were still safely in the Winter habitat. This is a cute place with a bit of a museum and of course a gift shop. Let’s look …

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 zoopage2 YES, I held an alligator!

NO I wasn’t scared!

11225824_950267471658546_797160651_n OK maybe a little, but we got it under control…


H. L. Campbell founded the farm in 1902. He felt the Hot Springs area needed a tourist attraction other than the thermal baths. Later it sold to D. S. Older around 1929. 

The farm was sold to Jack Bridges, Sr. and his wife in 1945, and the name was changed to “The Arkansas Alligator Farm.” The Bridges added a gift shop, and well as other animals such as monkeys, raccoons, and logger-head turtles. Jack Bridges Jr. and his wife Sue purchased the zoo in 1965, and added more animals, as well as a petting zoo and a small museum.! You should check them out…

847 Whittington Ave
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901


While you are there, don’t forget to pay your respects…

The original owners pet fox terrier met a sad fate (ate by an alligator) in 1906.

Here is his memorial…

100_5444 Oh, Say hi to the attraction’s greeter behind the counter… He will greet you as you enter and tell you goodbye when you leave.



Even more to Come on our Hot Springs, Gangsters, and Gardens Trip, so stay tuned…. There is some dizzying heights, bar hopping, Bathhouse Row and of course flirting with Al Capone still to come!



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47 Responses to Time for Alligators in Hot Springs!

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That is so cool. My boys would FLIP over this place.

  2. Bri says:

    I would love to hold a baby alligator! This looked like a really fun trip.

  3. That is SO cool! I can’t believe you held an alligator. Those snapping turtles look scary!
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  4. Rosey says:

    lol I like when the birds talk to you in a public place. It makes me laugh. 🙂 My daughter has held a baby alligator before. 🙂

  5. My kids would love this so much. I think the next time we’re out that way, we’ll have to stop in. It looks like a lot of fun!
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  6. Tamara says:

    Fun! We went to an alligator farm in Florida earlier this year and my kids still talk about it. It was really interesting.
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  7. That’s a lot of gaters. I live in Florida so I’m used to seeing them everywhere.
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  8. Catherine S says:

    This looks like a great place to visit. I think my son would enjoy holding a baby alligator.

  9. You must be exhausted from all these adventures in hot springs. Based on the last 2 posts you kept busy
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  10. Liz Mays says:

    Wow, gators are some of the coolest animals. I’ve never gotten that close to one!
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  11. Jamie says:

    This looks like a fun place to visit! My kids would love to see those baby alligators!

  12. Pam says:

    Sounds like a really fun place to visit. That poor Fox Terrier though!

  13. Lorane says:

    Those are a lot of Gators .. My Nephews would love this … me not such much …lol not a fan of reptiles
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  14. Marcie W. says:

    I would certainly be nervous to hold an alligator but could not miss such a unique opportunity. My kids would be thrilled to experience an attraction like this!
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  15. Jaime says:

    I think those alligators would be a little too close to comfort for me to hold one. It’s such a cool experience, though!
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  16. Maria Smith says:

    You held an alligator?? Wow! I would not be so brave. Kudos to you!
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  17. Looks like an awesome place to visit. If I’m ever in Arkansas I will certainly visit.
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  18. What a fun place! Alligators are such interesting animals, the kids love to learn about them and see them up close!

  19. Dawn says:

    This seems like so much fun! I would love seeing all the animals!
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  20. My girls are HUGE animal lovers – all shapes and sizes. They would love to see these little alligators!
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  21. You are so brave! I would have been completely terrified!
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  22. This looks really cool, it must be so fun to see these animals!

  23. Kiwi says:

    I am not gonna lie I am freaked out by alligators. But thanks for the educational part…still freaked out lol!
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  24. Elizabeth O. says:

    You are super cool! I don’t I can hold an alligator even if it’s just a baby. 🙂

  25. Jeanine says:

    Oh my! My kids would love going to a place like this. They love reptiles and all things scary!
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  26. Steph says:

    My boys would flip if we took them to see some gators! I’m not so sure how I feel about it! LOL
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  27. I’d be scared to go near the alligators! The turtles I would love to pet! 🙂
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  28. lisa says:

    What a fun trip! I would love to try holding an alligator just to say I did!!
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  29. Amanda Love says:

    My boys would absolutely love to do this, they’d have so much fun.

  30. Crystal says:

    I’m good looking at alligators, but I’m not sure if I’d be brave enough to hold one! It looks like a lot of fun though. I’m sure my kids would love it.
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  31. Kecia says:

    I held some animals at an amusement park in south Georgia last year. It wasn’t an alligator, but I think I’d like to touch one of those too!
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  32. Kristi says:

    Looks like a great place and love the long history of the place that you gave. Not sure quite sure I would be game to hold one… but I could photograph while the kids took a turn:)

  33. Christie says:

    My son would die to go there! He just loves all alligators, thinks they’re so cool!
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  34. Debi says:

    That is very neat. I have always wanted to go to see alligators.
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  35. This looks like a cool zoo/museum. While I personally wouldn’t want to encounter an alligator, they do have a purpose in this world. That is cool that they have a sanctuary for them.
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  36. Crystal says:

    I’m not so sure I’d want to pet an alligator. It would be a neat experience, though.
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  37. Kerri says:

    My youngest loves animals. She would think this is a great place to go!
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  38. What a cool place! So hands on! My kid would love to pet an alligator! Me? I’d freak out! lol!
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  39. Carol Bryant says:

    OOOOH I would love to see those in person. Did you have a blast? It looks like you did.
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  40. That’s so cool that you got to hold a gator! We just went to a place like this in Florida on our vacation!
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  41. Carly Brydon says:

    The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo looks really neat! My family and I would love to visit sometime.
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  42. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This sounds like an interesting place to visit indeed for everyone. I love the have the museum and that they added more animals along with the gift shop too. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Dina says:

    I have been to hot springs for a vacation one year. I didn’t know they had an alligator farm.
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  44. That looks like such a fun place to visit (as long as there is a fence between you and the alligators – lol)! Sounds like you had a great time!
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  45. Krystal says:

    We have attractions like this in Florida and my toddler loves them! HE is all about the animals!

  46. Candy O says:

    What a great time! My kids are still gator bait, so we are waiting until they get older to take them to these fun places. LOL