Imagine holding a baby alligator in your hand, or feeding its 10-foot long mama from a stick! These are just some of the attractions in Arkansas’ most famous and oldest alligator farm located in Hot Springs just across from Whittington Park. Established in 1902 mostly to raise alligators for their hides and to sell them to zoos, the farm quickly developed into a tourist attraction popular among the many visitors to Hot Springs.
The farm now has more than 300 gators and a petting zoo with emu, deer, pygmy goats, ponies, and sheep. The farm is also home to a number of primates, wild ducks, Arkansas mountain lions, turkeys, wolves, peacocks, and many others. The farm briefly became nationally famous in 1918 when Babe Ruth threw a home run during spring training in Whittington Park just across the road from the farm. The ball landed in one of the alligator’s ponds and was never seen again.
847 Whittington Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901-3318, website, Phone: 501-623-6172 Photo: Arkansas Alligator Farm
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