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35 Things To Do With Kids In Arkansas

While you visit the beautiful state of Arkansas, be sure to explore these must-see, family-friendly attactions along the way.

Here are 35 adventurous, exciting ideas for the whole family.


1. Located in southern Arkansas, Degray Lake Resort State Park is a perfect destination for families traveling near Degray Lake interested in biking, hiking, and scenic beach visits.

2. Wildlife enthusiasts – explore the White Oak Lake State Park in southern Arkansas and view the multitude of native species.

3. Lake Fierson State Park offers a fun-filled day of fishing, picnicking, playgrounds and more in northern Arkansas.

4. Lake Conway – the largest man-made lake in the U.S. – is great for fishing and boating in northern Arkansas, near the city of Conway.

Degray Lake

Lakes in Arkansas

5. Visit Cossatot River State Park for an abundance of hiking trails, picnic spots, and even advanced whitewater rafting along the Cossatot River in southwestern Arkansas.

6. Become familiarized with Arkansas' frontier days at Lower White River Museum State Park in central Arkansas – featuring a variety of historic exhibits native to Arkansas.

7. A plethora of beach fun, fishing, boating and hydro-bike rentals await families traveling through northern Arkansas at Woolly Hollow State Park.

8. Set in beautiful northeastern Arkansas, Lake Poinsett State Park offers canoe and kayak tours. Don't forget to traverse Great Blue Heron Trail.

9. Explore Withrow Springs State Park near the Ozarks and northern Arkansas.

10. Take in the biking, horseback riding, and hiking trails at Devil's Den State Park in southern Arkansas.

11. There is no shortage of outdoor recreation along the Quachita River in southern Arkansas at Moro Bay State Park.

12. Northern Arkansas is home to the Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center – an indoor and outdoor nature preserve fit for an adventurous day for the whole family.

13. Set in central Arkansas, Daisy State Park is an outdoor recreational haven near Arkadelphia.

14. Adventure the 20-mile long oxbow Lake Chicot near the Arkansas Delta Region.

15. Water-recreation abound at Bull Shoals-White River State Park in northern Arkansas.

16. Visit the Annual World Cheese Dip Championship in Little Rock for a unique experience native to Arkansas.

17. Located outside of Little Rock, the Pinnacle Mountain State Park set among the Quachita Mountains, makes for a great stop for all outdoor enthusiasts.

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Fishing

18. Explore the River Market District in downtown Little Rock for a variety of entertainment options.

19. Set in scenic, southern Arkansas, Logoly State Park houses 368-acres of beautiful wildlife.

20. Traverse Mammoth Spring State Park in northern Arkansas – offering visitors an assortment of outdoor activities.

21. Check out the Mississippi River State Park near the Arkansas Delta Region for more picnicking, hiking and other family-friendly outdoor recreation.

22. Plan a peaceful picnic at Wiley A. Mcgehee Memorial Park in southern Arkansas.

23. Float along 40,000 acres of pristine waters on Lake Ouachita State Park in central Arkansas.

24. Visit Crater of Diamonds State Park where the entire family can search for diamonds and keep everything they find in southern Arkansas.

25. Less than one hour from Searcy in northeastern Arkansas, you'll find the Jacksonport State Park.

26. Visit the North Little Rock Annual Family Fun Fest in Little Rock for a wealth of all ages entertainment.

27. Explore the 2,000 acres of scenery at Mount Magazine State Park in northern Arkansas.

28. Traverse the 645-acre shoreline and waters of Lake Charles State Park in northeastern Arkansas – 35 miles southeast of Hardy.

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29. Located near the Arkansas River Delta, visit the Parkin Archeological State Park for a wide variety of picnic spots and playgrounds.

30. Take in the scenery at Davidsonville Historic State Park in Northern Arkansas.

31. Visit the first national river in the country – Buffalo River National Park is located in northern Arkansas.

32. Roam over 12,056 acres of scenic land at the Hobbs State Park in northern Arkansas.

33. Tread the vast regions of the Cane Creek State Park located along the Arkansas River Delta.

34. Tread multiple hiking trails and fishing on Lake Millwood at Millwood State Park in southern Arkansas.

35. Located near the Arkansas River Delta, Hampson Archeological Museum State Park encompasses five acres of scene tours, picnic spots, and playgrounds.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Benton Inn

17036 Interstate 30, Benton AR 72019-2935
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Best Western Plus Castlerock Inn & Suites

501 SE Walton Boulevard, Bentonville AR 72712-6768
Phone: (479) 845-7707  |  Fax: (479) 845-7717  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Hillside Inn

1025 Highway 65 B, Clinton AR 72031
Phone: (501) 745-4700  |  Fax: (501) 745-2783  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Conway

816 E Oak Street, Conway AR 72032-4724
Phone: (501) 329-9855  |  Fax: (501) 327-6110  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Inn of the Ozarks

207 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs AR 72632-3648
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Best Western Eureka Inn

101 E Van Buren, Eureka Springs AR 72632-3653
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Best Western Windsor Suites

1122 S Futrall Drive, Fayetteville AR 72701-6291
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Best Western Hope

1800 Holiday Drive, Hope AR 71801-2510
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Best Western Winners Circle

2520 Central Avenue, Hot Springs AR 71901-7512
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10

Best Western Jacksonville Inn

1600 John Harden Drive, Jacksonville AR 72076-3157
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11

Best Western Little Rock South

8219 Interstate 30, Little Rock AR 72209-4842
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Best Western Sherwood Inn & Suites

7533 Warden Road, North Little Rock AR 72120-5042
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Best Western Plus JFK Inn & Suites

2500 Main Street, North Little Rock AR 72114-2316
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14

Best Western Inn

2326 N Arkansas Avenue, Russellville AR 72802-2218
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15

Best Western Plus Searcy Inn

501 Willow Street, Searcy AR 72143-9709
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16

Best Western Plus Texarkana Inn & Suites

5219 Cross Roads Pkwy, Texarkana AR 71854-2301
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17

Best Western Van Buren Inn

1903 N 6th Street, Van Buren AR 72956-2338
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18

Best Western Inn

1053 W Highway 49, West Helena AR 72390-1835
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    Venture into Little Rock on your exploration of Arkansas. Enjoy local festivals, scenic hikes at nearby parks, a wealth of historical sites, and a fun night life scene in downtown.

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    Motorcycle your way along the Great River Road, Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway, and Crowley's Ridge Parkway for an unforgettable adventure through the Natural State.

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  • Arkansas Universities

    Arkansas Universities

    Travel around Arkansas and experience the history of some of the oldest and most storied universities in the country. From the Arkansas Razorbacks to the Henderson State Reddies.

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    Arkansas Civil War Sites

    Tour these famous and noteworthy Civil War attractions across Arkansas. From museums to historic battlegrounds, Arkansas is rich in Civil War history.

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  • Arkansas State Parks

    Arkansas State Parks

    Explore one of over 50 state parks in northern and southern Arkansas, plus the Arkansas Delta and surrounding Little Rock.

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  • Cultural Arkansas

    Cultural Arkansas

    Visit museums, galleries and cultural centers like the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, and the Clinton Presidential Center.

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  • Arkansas College Sports

    Arkansas College Sports

    Visit Arkansas and check out the top-notch college sports throughout Fayetteville, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, and northern Arkansas.

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  • Arkansas Outdoors

    Arkansas Outdoors

    Explore Arkansas' excellent hunting & fishing throughout the Ouachita, Ozark, & St. Francis National Forests.

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  • Arkansas Festivals

    Arkansas Festivals

    Not matter what time of year you visit, you won't want to miss these annual festivals in Arkansas. 

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