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“Great family fun and lots of Animals.”

Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm Bed and Breakfast
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Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Nickerson B&B and Inns
Topeka, Kansas
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“Great family fun and lots of Animals.”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

My youngest is loves animals and more specifically camels so we stayed a weekend here mid July. It is a nice bed and breakfast, large working farm, and a lot of animals to play with a feed. My kids are asking when we will go back.

We were greeted when we arrived and shown to our room and a quick tour of the building. We stayed in the Pride of Kansas Suite. This suite is unique as it has a wall of windows that look down to the Kangaroo's sleeping area which the kids thought was cool. It had blinds and curtains, because you can see acroos that courtyard to the public viewing area of the kangaroos. It had a pull out couch, a set of bunk beds and a queen bed. There was a full bathroom. It is one large room, had 2 TVs and a VCR. There was no cable, which was okay with us. They did have a selection of VHS tapes if you wanted to watch a movie. They had a sitting room/area with board games, chairs, and some toys. They also had a rec room that doubled as dining area that had ping pong, basketball, and a Foosball table.

The room also had a balcony that was over the kangaroo's outside area and then the ostrich field as well. The balcony wraps around the building and looks like it had access to other rooms. There was no central air, but they did have a large portable A/C unit, luckily we brought a fan as well. There were also two ceiling fans.

After dinner on your own (Hutchinson, 10 miles away), we had a shorter evening tour. We fed giraffes and Kangaroos. There was also a large pin that you could go in for alpacas, goats, donkey and other animals. They have 2 types of porcupines, turtles, parrot and way many more animals the next day. After the night tour, we had cookies and Kool-Aid, then were on our own to wonder or go back to the room.

Next morning, breakfast was served, homemade sausage patties, waffles, blueberry waffles, egg casserole, cereal, yogurt and fruit. Then we went on a tour for about 1.5 hours of the rest of the animals. Kids got to bottle feed the "Sacred Cow of India" and pet camels and zebras that were only a couple months old. There were a lot of other exotic animals, but I didn't take notes on names. One thing a remembered was that this farm has 40% of the world's white camels. All the camels here were Dromedary (one hump).

After the tour, they have a small gift shop with a few items, tshirts etc. Didn't seem overly expensive for tourist attraction. I bought a coffee mug for $6.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Lawrence, Kansas
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We went spent the night at Hedrick's this past spring break with our two children and had a good old fashion time. They took very good care of us, great tour with the animals, and very nice breakfast. My 9 year old daughter who loves animals had the best time and still talks about it.

Room Tip: It's an animal farm in Kansas, so plan your ward robe accordingly!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Olathe, Kansas
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Truly a unique place to stay. We (myself, wife, daughter), stayed in the Pride of Kansas Suite. The room was very large, an unusual combination in that it was bordering on "nice" but also felt a bit like a farmhouse living room. The place is obviously not your typical hotel -- but it is refined enough while maintaining it's small town unique appeal.

The breakfast was just fine, presented buffet style in a large dining room (which also houses some games for the kids and a VHS movie library if you want to watch in your room -- seeing all the VHS certainly keeps the feel of "old school")...

What makes the place really unique is that it is also an "exotic animal farm". It's somewhere between a petting zoo and a full (small) zoo. They also have pony and ostrich rides for guests.

We would stay here again if we found ourselves in the area (we were there to visit the Cosmosphere and Salt Mine Museum). It's a change from the usual hotel and kids will love their time spent with the animals.

Room Tip: The family suites offer substantially more room.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Sedgwick, KS
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2013

We had so much fun! I've been to Kenya and on safari and I didn't get as up close and friendly with the animals there as what we did here. Nigel the giraffe was amazing. It was obvious these animals are well cared for and loved. They had animals that Wichita zoo doesn't even have - this is much better than a zoo experience and we really like the zoo. The staff are amazing. They are very kind, friendly and helpful. I was impressed by their care for people as well as animals. Breakfast was fresh fruit, biscuits with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs with cheese, cereals, oatmeal, tea, waffles, a big breakfast breads selection, and yogurt if you wanted it. The zebra room was bigger than what it looked like in the photo. We are a family with four children 7 and under and we all fit very happily there. We really enjoyed the family room with the teepee, toys, couches, and games. We want to make this a repeat trip. Well done, Hedrick's staff, well done! And if you need a place close by to eat after check-in, we liked The Pizza Connection in Nickerson, good food and friendly and we returned in time for the orientation/small tour at six o'clock. We highly recommend this trip and experience.

Room Tip: A family with children would probably like the Zebra Room or the Savanah Room.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I'd heard about this little-known jewel from an acquaintance, and it didn't disappoint. If you're heading to Hutch for the Cosmosphere, Salt Museum, or anything else, you won't want to miss Hedricks. Where else could you feed giraffes and kangaroos and watch camels, zebras, a zedonk, alpacas, ostriches, a really cool hybrid peacock and tons of other exotic creatures, while staying at a comfortable, friendly place? We almost missed the evening tour. Don't. Aside from the animals, the facilities were very clean and comfortable, the warm cookies in the evening were a nice touch. I think they took Tripadvisor suggestions, because we had eggs and sausage along with the continental fare. Not gourmet, but more than adequate. The kids also loved all the activities at night - meeting new friends over a game of pingpong, air hockey or foosball, watching videos, or just hanging out. We'll be back, with more generations of our family looking to finish a stay with a camel ride.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Topeka, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at the Hedrick B&B! Needless to say the animals were the icing on the cake and are what truly made the stay WONDERFUL for us! Personally, we would describe our room as "unique." You are not staying in a 5 star, luxury hotel. This is a working farm with sand, mud etc. However, that being said there was absolutely NO animal smell in our room. We stayed in the Zebra Suite and the decor was cute! The floor in the shower was extremely slippery and our 3 year old slipped and fell quite hard getting into the shower. (Left a note recommending that they add more non-slip strips in the shower. As currently, there are only 3.) While it would have been nice to have a bathtub, we made it work!

We were less than impressed with the B&B "Breakfast." It basically was nothing more than a continental breakfast offered to you at a hotel (cereal, waffle maker that you use yourself, toast, bagels). If you have stayed at other B&B's and are expecting a homemade, large breakfast you will be disappointed. Luckily for us, we were there for the animals and the overall experience....not just the food. Although a broader selection for breakfast would have been appreciated.

We agree with other reviewers in that, DO NOT MISS THE TOURS. The tours are where you will feed the animals (carrots and apples) and hear information about the animals. The giraffes were adorable, Benjamin is extremely friendly and will let you pet him. The Mini Donkeys were precious and had quite the personalities. There were a large number of babies (camels, zebras, kangaroos, cows) this weekend when we were there. Most were able to be viewed even if they were only a few days old. Nearly all of the animals are hands-on which was wonderful and so unique! The staff was PHENOMINAL. Our evening tour guide was new, but knowledgeable. Our morning tour guide, Cristy has worked at the farm for a number of years and is full of information. Her interaction with the animals really made our tour special. The older lady working in the barn was an absolute doll and just as great as our tour guide! She works with the animals daily and knows everything about them such as their likes, dislikes and really has made them into "pets" so that they aren't afraid of visitors at all! The camel and pony rides were great and we had a wonderful time!

Room Tip: The Zebra Room did not have a bathtub. However, it did have a great view of the giraffes!
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Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Salina, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2011

This was an excellent experience. There were NO negatives. I had read the other reviews prior to staying and none of the negative applied. Rooms are beautiful and you are staying very close to adorable animals. There was NO smell. Facilities are so very very clean. They burned some nice candles, during our stay there was no animal smell at all in the hotel sleeping quarters. Cleanliness is obviously their top priority! The home made breakfast buffet is out of this world. There is a game room with ping pong, fuze ball, a pop a shot, and pool table. The animals are all wanting the next person to love on them. All animals are so well behaved . MOLLY is a phenomenal tour guide. She has been doing this for years every day, yet made us feel like we were the first group and the most important family she had ever taken through this place. She really made my boys feel special. She gave them extra attention after the tour. She is very educated and full of knowledge and wants it to be a learning experience. DO NOT MISS THE TOURS they are fabulous. It is in the tours that you get the one on one time with the animals. Again rooms are clean and beautiful, ours had a hot tub and it was maintained at highest standards. You become friend with the families staying there and the atmosphere is full of kindness. Very professionally ran place. We wlll return!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm Bed and Breakfast
Address: 7910 N. Roy L Smith Rd, Nickerson, KS 67561-9049
Location: United States > Kansas > Nickerson
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Nickerson
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Number of rooms: 8
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