Zoos in Arkansas with kids

It’s animal time in Arkansas, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Arkansas because The Natural State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Little Rock Zoo

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    Little Rock

    Over 700 animals to explore in this wildest classroom in Little Rock! Great educational experiences for kids AND animal fun!

  • Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

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    Hot Springs

    Enjoy getting close up and personal with alligators, and other animals such as lemars and wolves in this animal-tastic Arkansas attraction!

  • Wilderness Drive Through Safari

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    Gentry

    Wild Wilderness is a family park/zoo located in Gentry, Arkansas. There are over 85 different species of exotic animals placed on a beautiful 180-acre natural landscape with a 19 acre lake and ...

  • National Park Aquarium

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    Hot Springs

    A great collection of fish and reptiles at this Arkansas aquarium, with over 300 creatures to explore! Great family fun in Hot Springs.

  • Crossland Zoo

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    Crossett

    The Crossland Zoo was established in 1953 and has over 50 different mammal, reptile and avian species. Special educational programs are presented throughout the year.

  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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    Eureka Springs

    is a licensed safe haven mainly for big cats, with up close habitat viewing points, Education Station, and the exciting feeding time in the evening, which you may come back for free of charge.

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  • Litty Bitty City

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    Hot Springs

    Welcome to Little Bitty City ... an indoor kids creative playground. Our mission is to provide a safe, fun-filled environment where children can dream, explore and imagine the possibilities through ...

  • Texarkana Fun Park

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    Texarkana

    family fun awaits at Texarkana fun center! Activities include games ,an arcade,rides and a miniature golf course.

  • JumpZone

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    North Little Rock

    Jump!Zone North Little Rock has 7 massive, unique inflatables like you have never seen before in an indoor party and play center. The inflatables stay indoors and are sanitized daily, so you can ...

  • Hog Wild Events

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    Hot Springs

    Great open play and birthday party inflatables at the Arkansas indoor play center, with special nights and infants go FREE!

  • Boingo Bounce

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    Fayetteville

    Super fun bounce house, with open bounce, toddler time AND birthday parties! Bounce the day away in Arkansas!

  • ROMP Indoor Play Center

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    Jonesboro

    ROMP! is a fun place to take your children ages 0-12 in the wonderful city of Jonesboro, AR. By combining an indoor play space with elements found in many children's museums children enter a space ...

  • Crater of Diamonds State Park

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    Murfreesboro

    An amazing family day out to the only diamond-producing site open to the public in the entire world! A beautiful geological "gem" in Arkansas to explore.

  • Greers Ferry Lake

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    Heber Springs

    The Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red river area of Arkansas offers exceptional opportunities to explore the great out-of-doors. Whether your tastes run to fishing, boating and other fun on the water ...

  • Lake Catherine State Park

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    Hot Springs

    The park features a launch ramp, standard pavilion, picnic sites, playgrounds, laundry and trails. Gifts, groceries, snacks and ice are available for sale daily at the visitor center that overlooks ...

  • Lake Ouachita State Park

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    Mountain Pine

    Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's ...

  • Bull Shoals-White River State Park

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    Bull Shoals

    In north central Arkansas amidst the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake ...

  • Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

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    Rogers

    Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area (HSP-CA) is in its initial development phase. Arkansas's largest state park in land area, Hobbs covers 12,045 acres along the southern shores of 28,370-acre Beaver ...

  • Woolly Hollow State Park

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    Greenbrier

    Nestled in the Ozark foothills, this state park is a serene getaway overlooking lovely Lake Bennett, 40-acres for fishing and swimming at the park's swimming beach area. A snack bar and bathhouse ...

  • Lake Chicot State Park

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    Lake Village

    Arkansas's largest natural lake can be found in this beautiful state park. Perfect for bird watching, boating, and fishing, tours of the levee and camping, it's makes for an amazing family day out in ...

  • Millwood State Park

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    Ashdown

    A series of boat lanes meander through timber, marshes, and oxbow cutoffs making Millwood Lake a \"tree-filled\" fishing haven. Famous for bass tournaments, this 29,260-acre lake abounds in ...

  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park

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    Little Rock

    Pinnacle Mountain is a day-use park dedicated to environmental education, recreation, and preservation. Located just west of Little Rock, this natural environment was set aside in 1977 as Arkansas\'s ...

  • Mount Magazine State Park

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    Paris

    At 2,753-feet, Mount Magazine is Arkansas's highest mountain, rising dramatically above the broad valleys of the Petit Jean River to the south and the Arkansas River to its north. Graced with ...

  • South Arkansas Arboretum

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    El Dorado

    Located adjacent to the El Dorado High School, this 13-acre site exhibits plants indigenous to Arkansas's West Gulf Coastal Plain region and exotic species including flowering azaleas and camellias. ...

  • Petit Jean State Park

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    Morrilton

    Petit Jean State Park is the place to be if you are looking for something to do. Guests are never lacking somewhere to go, or something to do at a visit to Petit Jean. Hiking Trails: Get ...

  • Delta Heritage Trail

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    Watson

    The paved trail stretches through a shaded canopy of native hardwoods, alongside agricultural fields, and across many streams. Wildlife viewing and birding opportunities abound along the route. The ...

  • Devil's Den State Park

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    West Fork

    A beautiful picturesque state park in the Ozark mountains in Arkansas, with great hiking trails and outdoor adventure!

  • Lake Leatherwood City Park

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    Eureka Springs

    1600 acres of scenic parkland including a lake with boat rentals, extensive hike and bike trails, plus plenty of local wildlife to spot as you explore.

  • Crowleys Ridge Nature Center

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    Jonesboro

    An educational resource suited to families and children with engaging displays and interactive exhibits plus nature trails and more.

  • Wild River Country

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    North Little Rock

    Arkansas water fun for the whole family, with wave pools, thrill rides, lazy rivers and toddler play areas! Great summer fun for kids

  • Crystall Falls Water Park

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    Hot Springs

    Family fun in Arkansas with this family friendly water park! With thrill rides, family rides and kids activity area.

  • Willow Springs

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    Little Rock

    Come and enjoy a fun day in the sun. Willow Springs is a sandy bottom spring and well fed lake.

  • Alma Aquatic Park

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    Alma

    Visit the largest outdoor water park in Western Arkansas with slides, a diving board, pools and walking trails!

  • Family Aquatic Center

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    Siloam Springs

    Enjoy a safe and enjoyable aquatic recreation experience. Swimming lessons, different course levels for Juniors. All staff, equipment, programs and services will reflect professionalism and the ...

  • Paragould Water Park

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    Paragould

    offers an outdoor summer water park with several slides and leisure pool with interactive features, plus further swimming and sporting opportunities in the centre itself.