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So, for our next trip, I decided that Ally and I needed to do something totally different than our normal girly outings.  I was watching the news one night and a commercial for a place called Gators & Friends came on. The light bulb in my head lit up. Let’s go there to see what’s the fuss about!

Gators & Friends is actually located on the outskirts of Shreveport, LA. From Texarkana, the GPS told us to go through Atlanta, TX.  I was excited because this would give us an opportunity to get a patty melt from the Rabbit Patch. If you’re a local and haven’t tried it, you are missing out on some good eating.

OK… back to Gators & Friends!

We picked up Ally’s friend Brynn and  arrived after a short hour and half trip. The admission for the three of was a little over $20. Not bad at all.

If you know me, you know I am afraid of most animals. Actually, afraid isn’t a strong enough word. I am terrified. So, I’m not sure what i was thinking when I picked this place. Its an exotic animal petting zoo. We saw and fed (Yes, I said fed!) llamas, emus, fallow deer, ostriches, Jacob sheep, and many more.


All the animals are fenced in, but you are able to touch, feed them, or just view them. I didn’t let Ally see my fear, but I only observed. The animals can eat the feed provided for you at arrival from from your hand, or you can place feed on the feeding tray for them to eat from. Ally was a little nervous at the beginning, so she threw it at the tray and kept her distance. With the help of her animal loving friend, she eventually started letting the animals eat out her hand.

While we were there, we got to witness the alligator feeding. Before you ask, no we could not feed the alligators. I will not give away all the details about this part of the trip. It’s better to see in person.

Overall, I would give this day trip a A+. It was both interactive and educational. I would definitely recommend it to everyone!