Zoos in FORT SMITH with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Fort Smith 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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  • Wilderness Drive Through Safari

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    (63 miles) Gentry

    African comes to Arkansas at this drive through safari, with over 400 acres of exotic animals. With a petting park, and seasonal pony and camel rides too!

  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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    (73 miles) 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.

  • Promised Land Zoo

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    (87 miles) Eagle Rock

    An amazing drive thru animal park in Missouri, with over 500 animals, tours, feedings and fun!

  • Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

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    (96 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!

  • National Park Aquarium

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    (97 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.

  • Oklahoma Aquarium

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    (98 miles) Jenks

    Over 100 exhibits at this popular Oklahoma Aquarium where kids can have hands-on fun, and explore those creatures that call the ocean home!

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  • Boingo Bounce

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    (51 miles) Fayetteville

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

  • Bounce U

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    (95 miles) Tulsa

    Fun open bounce sessions filled with colorful and fun inflatables, with parents night out and birthday parties too! Bouncing fun in Tulsa!

  • Hog Wild Events

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    (97 miles) Hot Springs

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

  • Devil's Den State Park

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    (28 miles) West Fork

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

  • Mount Magazine State Park

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    (45 miles) 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 ...

  • Greenleaf State Park

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    (50 miles) Braggs

    One of Oklahomas most family orientated parks Greenleaf State Park is located near Braggs, Oklahoma, and is situated around the 930-acre (3.8 km

  • Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

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    (68 miles) 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 ...

  • Lake Leatherwood City Park

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    (80 miles) 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.

  • Lake Ouachita State Park

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    (89 miles) 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 ...

  • Wilson Island State Park

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    (94 miles) Missouri Valley

    Historic, and teeming with wildlife and adventure, this Iowa State Park gives you hiking and skiing trails, picnic areas, river activities and camping - all ready and waiting to join in your outdoor ...

  • Parrot Island Waterpark

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    (5 miles) Fort Smith

    A splashing time in Arkansas with Parrot Island Waterpark with kids fun, lazy rivers, slides and lots of water play!

  • Alma Aquatic Park

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    (12 miles) 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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    (57 miles) 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 ...

  • Crystall Falls Water Park

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    (99 miles) Hot Springs

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

  • Big Splash Waterpark

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    (100 miles) Tulsa

    Outdoor water park fun in Tulsa, with lazy rivers, wave pools, flumes, rock walls, and even family days every Sunday! Splashing Oklahoma fun!

  • The Park at West End

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    (2 miles) Fort Smith

    Fort Smiths charming and picturesque downtown park, complete with a Ferris Wheel from the 1935 Worlds Fair in San Diego, a hand-painted vintage Italian carousel, a refurbished Pullman railcar diner, ...

  • Wild Things Farm

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    (6 miles) Pocola

    Hay wagons, animal petting, fresh air and farm fun - all waiting for you in Oklahoma at Wild Things Farm!

  • Pig Trail Kart n Golf

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    (79 miles) Eureka Springs

    offers go karting, miniature golf course, batting cages and arcade.

  • Captain Blys Shipwreck Cove

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    (94 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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    (95 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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    (99 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!

  • Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway

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    (80 miles) Eureka Springs

    It's fun. It's exciting. It's educational, too! Step back in time to an earlier age of locomotive transportation and enjoy the Excursion Train or the Dining Car.See our 1940-era diesel locomotive in ...

  • Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat

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    (99 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 ...

  • Fort Smith Museum of History

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    (2 miles) Fort Smith

    For 100 years,The Fort Smith Museum of History have been the "keeper and teller" of Fort Smith's rich and colorful history. It preserves, exhibits and interprets objects of historical significance ...

  • Arkansas Air Museum

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    (45 miles) Fayetteville

    A Museum That Flies...Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas through numerous displays of original artifacts and aviation memorabilia! One of the many fun family places to visit if ...

  • Three Rivers Museum

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    (60 miles) Muskogee

    Climb aboard the 1940's era switch engine, visit the statue commemorating the first Girls Scout Cookies, and try to solve the mystery of the tombstone! Preserves the multi-ethnic history and heritage ...

  • Five Civilized Tribes Museum

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    (63 miles) Muskogee

    A historic museum that preserves the culture, traditions and art of the five civilized tribes, with exhibitions and shows.

  • Harber Village Antique Historical Museum

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    (86 miles) Grove

    Offers an authentic pioneer village experience including some new hands on exhibits to keep kids interested plus the Ecology Center and scenic Nature Trail.

  • National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum

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    (90 miles) Afton

    Welcome to the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum, the only institution in the world dedicated to the preservation and display of classic Hot Rods and Custom Cars while honoring the ...