Because our entire family loves animals, a two-and-a-half-hour drive to the largest zoo in Arkansas is always a fun trip to make. We have visited the Little Rock Zoo many times, and plan to visit many times more in the future.
It’s a smaller zoo, but we can easily spend several hours here. Our kids want to experience everything the zoo has to offer, and it offers plenty!
The animals, of course, are the main attraction, and they have all of our favorites. Currently, our number one animals are elephants, penguins, and cheetahs. As you can see below, there’s plenty of opportunities for great photo ops for mom and dad, as long as the animals are in the mood to pose!
The zoo also features several playgrounds and rides that our kids love. The historic Arkansas Carousel is located here, and it’s a pleasure to be able to ride this nearly century-old antique ( I wrote an article about the Arkansas Carousel here ). Even more fun for the kids is the train that winds its way through a portion of the zoo.
The Arkansas Heritage Farm is an awesome new addition. We probably spent most of our time there during our recent trip, as the kids wanted to pet and feed the animals over and over. Our littlest one initially loved the miniature horse, but didn’t like it much when the horse decided to nibble on his fingers! He got over the initial shock fast and resumed his excitement at being with the lovable farm animals.
If you’re tired, hungry, or both, the Cafe Africa is a must for break times, lunch, and air conditioning in the summer.
We love that the Little Rock Zoo is very active and committed to animal conservation, and takes part in the survival of endangered species. From what we’ve seen, the animals appear to be well taken care of, though I’d love to see the animals have more room for roaming. Maybe the zoo can someday expand and take over the nearby large park and golf course. 🙂
If you’re planning a trip to Little Rock or just have a few hours to kill, you should definitely check out the zoo.
Be sure to visit http://www.littlerockzoo.com/ to learn more about this fantastic attraction!