Zoos in EL DORADO with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than El Dorado because this The Natural State city 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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  • Crossland Zoo

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    (41 miles) Crossett

    Visit one of only two licensed zoos in Arkansas, with over 75 species for kids to meet and learn about!

  • Monroe Zoo

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    (61 miles) Monroe

    The wildest Party in town! Everyone enjoys a fun-filled day! Your family and friends will be able to spend the entire day at the ZOO.

  • The Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society

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    (61 miles) Monroe

    The zoo has 440 animals representing 167 species on 82 acres and we focus on delivering an entertaining, educational program in a manner that is safe for both the animals and the guests, while ...

  • Cypress Zoo

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    (69 miles) Benton

    Have a WILD day at Cypress Zoo and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center with roughly 30 species located on about 7 acres inside the Cypress Black Bayou Park.

  • Jubilee Zoo

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    (79 miles) Shreveport

    Jubilee Zoo is a family entertainment facility featuring a petting zoo and exotic animal exhibits. Bring the kids or spend some special time with your special someone. Bounce in the moonwalks, let ...

  • Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary

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    (88 miles) Frierson

    Yogie and Friends is the only sanctuary for large, exotic cats in the State of Louisiana.

  • National Park Aquarium

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    (93 miles) 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.

  • Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

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    (93 miles) Hot Springs

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

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  • In The Zone

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    (85 miles) Shreveport

    Come enjoy our inflatable obstacle courses, slides, combo units, interactive games, toddler activities, and more.

  • Hog Wild Events

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    (92 miles) Hot Springs

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

  • South Arkansas Arboretum

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    (1 miles) 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. ...

  • Lake D'Arbonne State Park

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    (31 miles) Farmerville

    655 acres of nature, park and outdoor adventure in this Louisiana State Park, perfect for the family day out under the sun!

  • Lake Claiborne State Park

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    (37 miles) Homer

    Take your pick: swimming, fishing, birding, boating of all kinds, waterskiing, camping, hiking or just plain relaxing and enjoying unsurpassed natural beauty. It's all here . . . at Lake Claiborne ...

  • Chemin-A-Haut State Park

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    (52 miles) Bastrop

    Chemin-A-Haut State Park was designed with children in mind. Two playgrounds in the day-use area are a favorite spot of the younger patrons as is the wading pool in the swimming complex. Also, the ...

  • Jimmie Davis State Park

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    (67 miles) Chatham

    Located on a peninsula on Caney Lake, Jimmie Davis State Park offers two boat launches and a fishing pier that cater to the sportsmen looking for a prime freshwater fishing spot. Waterskiing is ...

  • Lake Bistineau State Park

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    (67 miles) Doyline

    Situated on the western shore of Lake Bistineau, this park offers a satisfying blend of beautiful vistas and outstanding recreational facilities. Memorable for its upland mixed hardwood forest, its ...

  • Crater of Diamonds State Park

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    (81 miles) 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.

  • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

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    (84 miles) Delhi

    The 2,700-acre, man-made lake that is the center piece for Poverty Point Reservoir State Park offers visitors an outlet for a variety of watersport activities and a scenic backdrop for waterfowl ...

  • Lake Chicot State Park

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    (86 miles) 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 ...

  • Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park

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    (86 miles) Shreveport

    Located three miles west of Blanchard, the 160-acre nature park contains a pine-oak-hickory forest accessible by five miles of nature trails. The park has an interpretive building, a pavilion with ...

  • Lake Catherine State Park

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    (86 miles) 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 ...

  • Delta Heritage Trail

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    (96 miles) 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 ...

  • Splash Kingdom Waterpark

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    (90 miles) Shreveport

    Make a SPLASH at this Louisiana water park, with thrill rides, lagoons, volleyball, lazy rivers and wave pools...just to name a few!

  • Crystall Falls Water Park

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    (93 miles) Hot Springs

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

  • Party Central

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    (74 miles) Bossier City

    Go-carts, mini golf, batting baseball cages, arcade games, bumper boats, kitty rides, rockclimbing, bongee trampoline, and concessions.

  • DixieMaze Farms

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    (75 miles) Shreveport

    Fun family farm adventures in Louisiana, with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, music festivals and a host of other amazing activities across Fall!

  • Caddo Parks - Noah Tyson Park

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    (79 miles) Rodessa

    This 9-acre park along Black Bayou Lake provides a boat ramp with dock, a family pavilion with restrooms, playground equipment and picnic tables with grills.

  • Captain Blys Shipwreck Cove

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    (91 miles) New Bern

    The 'get wet' family fun center Captain Blys Shipwreck Cove is fun for te entire family.

  • Funtracker Family Amusement Parks

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    (93 miles) Hot Springs

    Thrills, excitement and fun abound at The largest and fastest go kart track In Hot Springs. FunTrackers Go Karts feature a pro-style track the entire family can enjoy. Also fun for the whole ...

  • Magic Springs Theme Park

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    (93 miles) Hot Springs

    Runaway mine trains, twisters, plunges, and a TON of family fun at this thrilling Arkansas Theme Park AND Water Park! Who's ready for an adventurous family day out!

  • Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat

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    (88 miles) Hot Springs

    Your Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat ticket is your passport to beautiful Lake Hamilton. Sit back and relax aboard the Belle, a 250 passenger riverboat, and enjoy the captain's narration as he ...

  • Arkansas Museum Of Natural Resourses

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    (9 miles) Smackover

    Officially opened to the public in 1986, the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources is situated in the midst of the historic sixty square mile Smackover Oil Field and one mile south of the oil rich ...

  • Northeast Louisiana Childrens Museum

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    (58 miles) Monroe

    Hands-on exhibits perfect for interactive play and learning at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum, with activities and adventures for all ages!

  • Spring Street Museum

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    (79 miles) Shreveport

    Take a trip back in time with us to see what life was like when Shreveport was young. The Spring Street Historical Museums building was constructed in the 1860s as Tallys Bank and is one of the ...

  • Arkansas Railroad Museum

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    (81 miles) Pine Bluff

    A treat for railroad buffs however young, featuring Pine Bluff’s legendary queen of steam, with friendly informative tours!