Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm Bed and Breakfast
Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm Bed and Breakfast in Nickerson, Kansas is open for both overnight guests and tours. The B&B guests get a brief evening tour and a longer morning tour where they feed and/or pet 30 varieties of exotic animals including cattle, camels, ostriches, rheas, zebras, antelope, kangaroos, and giant tortoises.
The giraffes wouldn't get very close during the group tour, but B&B guests can explore on their own and the giraffes were very friendly when there were just two of us. There were many young animals, including a camel only 3 days old during the first visit and a zebra born the day of our second visit.
The morning tour concludes with a pony ride (for those under 85 pounds) and camel rides for all.
A stay at Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm Bed & Breakfast includes two special guest tours, breakfast, the rides, evening snack, a playground and wireless internet. The B&B has attractive animal themed rooms with windows looking out on the exotic animal enclosures. The center of the building houses the kangaroos. The breakfast wasn't impressive, about like a larger breakfast furnished at a motel. Rates range from $125 for a regular suite to $150 a night for a suite with a hot tub.
Tours for those not staying at the B&B must be scheduled in advance. Tours are $25 for up to 5 people. If there are more than 5, the price is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors & children. Private tours take about an hour - a little longer if you add the optional camel and pony rides.
Joe Hedrick grew up on this farm and traveled the country as a rodeo clown during the rodeo season. He was looking for something to do the balance of the year and started raising exotic animals for a traveling petting zoo in the 1970's. The B&B started as a bunkhouse for ranch hands and guests. In time, Joe and his wife Sondra expanded that building and created the bed and breakfast.
Along the way, the petting zoo expanded to up to 5 traveling zoos, plus furnishing animals for commercials, nativities, and the Rockettes. They also provide promotions such as camel, ostrich and pig races,
Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm is open year around, but for the largest number of animals and a chance to see new babies, the spring is the best time of year to visit.
Hedrick Exotic Animal Farm web site
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