In honor of the first Sunday of April also being Easter, I thought this would be the perfect time to showcase a family friendly activity in Northwest Arkansas. The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari located in Gentry, Arkansas is the perfect way to spend an afternoon seeing all the exotic animals inside the park. The park has two parts: a 4 mile drive-through safari and petting parks with walk-through areas to allow for interaction with some of the animals. TIP: Make sure you use the restroom before going on the drive-through safari portion because it’s a one lane path all the way through the safari with no where to stop.
The park is open 9 am to 5 pm every day of the year, including holidays (weather permitting).
Ages 13+ —–$15
Ages 3-12 —-$10
Under 2 ——-no charge
After paying the admission fee at the gate, you have access to the park all day so you can drive through the safari part as many times as your heart desires. There are also picnic tables so you can bring your own lunch or purchase snacks and drinks from the snack bar.
The drive-through portion really allows you to get up close to a variety of different animals. A lot of the animals roam freely throughout the park and will walk across the driving path and be standing just feet from your car; it’s pretty neat to be so close to the animals as you drive through the safari.
Some of the animals are not shy, especially the emus. The emu in the picture above was checking out the truck in front of us then it walked back by our car and was pecking at the window. I thought it was really cool how close the animals get to your car!
After we finished the 4 mile drive-though safari, we stopped at the front of the park to check out all the petting areas. Luckily, when we were there they had two lion cubs that visitors could pet and play with which was so much fun! The opportunity to play with some of the baby animals is dependent on what babies they have in the park at the time, nevertheless there are tons of other animals to feed and interact with in the petting areas.
I really enjoyed spending an afternoon exploring the park and seeing all the exotic animals. The drive-through portion of the park was a lot longer than I thought it would be and allows you to see a huge variety of animals. My favorite part was interacting with the animals in the petting areas, especially the lion cubs. It was such an awesome experience! I definitely suggest stopping by the Wilderness Drive-Through Safari if you are in the Northwest Arkansas area.
If you want to make a weekend out of your trip to Northwest Arkansas, check out Hemmed-In Hollow, the tallest waterfall between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains, and the Buffalo National River for some awesome floating!
Have you ever been to the Wilderness Drive-Through Safari? If not, would you want to go? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
This post is part of the Best of the Midwest series showcasing the natural beauty in this area and some of my favorite Midwest destinations for weekend getaways. To see more posts in this series look here.