Fun Things To Do In Arkansas

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Arkansas provides fun things to do both indoors and outdoors for the entire family. Check out these top ideas for yours.

Free Fun

For free fun, consider taking the kids fishing for free on Greers Ferry Lake or Little Red River (http://www.greersferrylake.org). The lake also has a swimming area, which makes for a great summer activity. If you need something to do indoors, the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources (http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/museumofnaturalresources/) is free to enter, and it has exhibits showcasing the natural resources in the state, and specifically life during the 1920s oil boom.

Educational Fun

At the Mid-America Science Museum (http://www.midamericamuseum.org/), your kids can fly a hot air balloon, ride in a virtual reality simulator, and even tour an indoor cave. It has indoor exhibits and an outdoor nature trail for comprehensive science learning and fun. The museum sits near Hot Springs National Park. If your children aren’t quite old enough for the science museum, take them to the Arkansas Museum of Discovery (http://www.amod.org/) in Little Rock, which has hands on exhibits for kids of all ages.

Environmental Fun

Buffalo National River is America’s first national river, and surrounding its banks are hiking trails and mountainsides to explore. The Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center (http://www.crowleysridge.org/) in Jonesboro provides opportunities to see some of Arkansas’ most beautiful flowers and exhibits that showcase the diversity of the flora in the state. The Little Rock Zoo (http://www.littlerockzoo.com/) draws many guests who want to see animals up close and personal. It has over 200 species of animals and one of the state’s best conservation programs.

Seasonal Fun

In the summer, plan to spend time in the water. The state has 600,000 acres of lakes and 10,000 miles of rivers, with lakeside resorts for you to use for your next vacation with the kids. The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights (http://www.arkansas.com/ ) is a popular Christmas event. Over 50 communities participate in the program, so it is accessible to you no matter what part of the state you live in. if you take a picture of your kids at three separate participating cities, you can get a free ornament commemorating the yearly event.

Just for Mom Fun

To get some time away, plan a girl’s getaway to Hot Springs National Park (http://www.nps.gov/hosp/). The hot springs water will rejuvenate you, and you will find a wide range of spas in the region to meet most budgetary needs. Spas around the park pump in the healing hot springs water to provide a relaxing, revitalizing time away from the kids.

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