5 Wild Animal Destinations to Explore in Arkansas
We know that your kids have a wild side, so let them live it out and see their favorite creatures at these cool destinations. From fishy to furry to ferocious, you can find all different kinds of animals across the state.
National Park Aquarium (Hot Springs)
Perfect for a rainy day, this shelled, and swimming indoor aquarium has 60 exhibits with more than 300 animals. From fresh and saltwater fish to salamanders, frogs and tortoises, there are plenty of slimy, shelled and swimming creatures to see.
Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari (Gentry)
This 400-acre safari with a four-mile drive through features exotic animals such as Asiatic Water Buffalo, ligers and ostriches in a natural habitat. There are also walk-through and petting areas with kangaroos, miniature ponies, sheep and more. Plus, enjoy camel and pony rides on a seasonal basis.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (Eureka Springs)
You can stay the night in a treehouse or safari lodge or pitch a tent at this exotic cat rescue facility. Spend your afternoon taking a guided walking tour through some of the 459 acres as you watch the big cats running and playing just like they would in the wild.
Memphis Zoo (Memphis)
Just a couple hours from Little Rock, the Memphis Zoo is a whole new zoo experience. Ride a camel for only $5 or spend the same to help feed the giraffes. There’s also a temporary display of 15 huge Lego brick sculptures and an educational exhibit about the life cycle of chickens.
Central Arkansas Nature Center, Museum of Discovery & Heifer Urban Farm (Little Rock)
Stay in town and visit these smaller, local wildlife homes. Heifer Urban Farm’s mini barnyard at its downtown headquarters is perfect for young ones; the Museum of Discovery houses many little reptiles and creepy crawly creatures; and the Central Arkansas Nature Center teaches visitors about Arkansas wildlife.