Historical Attractions in Arkansas with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Arkansas!)

Arkansas is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Natural State  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Arkansas’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Arkansas when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Aerospace Education Center

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    Little Rock

    Since opening in June of 1995, The Aerospace Education Center has been dedicated to becoming an invaluable resource for Arkansas'teachers and students. Through Its changing exhibits, educational ...

  • Mountain Village 1890

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    Bull Shoals

    An historic recreation of an Ozark settlement, this fascinating attraction is a tribute to those pioneers who first settled in this remote part of the USA. Historic, and educational family fun!

  • The Ozark Folk Center

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    Mountain View

    Our past is our present to you. Come and join us as we make crafts and music from the time between the Civil War and WWI. Learn crafts and music from people who spend their lives preserving and ...

  • Pea Ridge

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    Garfield

    One of the most important battles in the Civil War, and THE most intact Civil War battlefield in the USA, Pea Ridge is a fascinating, eye-opening and educational experience for the whole family.

  • Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

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    Scott

    Arkansas's tallest remaining, prehistoric American Indian mounds are preserved at this National Historic Landmark site near Little Rock. The mounds and an earthen embankment are the remains of a ...

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  • Arkansas Museum of Discovery

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    Little Rock

    Kids can ignite their passion for technology, math and science at this super fun Arkansas museum filled with interactive and hands-on exhibits - great for the whole family!

  • Mid America Science Museum

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    Hot Springs

    The mission of Mid-America Science Museum is to stimulate interest in science, to promote public understanding of the sciences, and to encourage life-long science education through interactive ...

  • Arkansas Air Museum

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    Fayetteville

    A Museum That Flies...Follow the colorful history of aviation in Arkansas through numerous displays of original artifacts and aviation memorabilia! One of the many fun family places to visit if ...

  • Hampson Archeological Museum State Park

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    Wilson

    Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in northeast Arkansas exhibits a nationally renowned collection from the Nodena site, a 15-acre palisaded village that once thrived on a meander bend of the ...

  • The Gangster Museum Of America

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    Hot Springs

    Learn all about the gangsters of our time: Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Owen Vincent Madden, as well as see Al Capones 1928 Cadillac !

  • Arkansas Museum Of Natural Resourses

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    Smackover

    Officially opened to the public in 1986, the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources is situated in the midst of the historic sixty square mile Smackover Oil Field and one mile south of the oil rich ...

  • Fort Smith Museum of History

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    Fort Smith

    For 100 years,The Fort Smith Museum of History have been the "keeper and teller" of Fort Smith's rich and colorful history. It preserves, exhibits and interprets objects of historical significance ...

  • Plantation Agriculture Museum

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    Scott

    Explore the historic 1912 building filled with exhibits that showcase the history of cotton from 1836 through to WWII!

  • Arkansas Railroad Museum

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    Pine Bluff

    A treat for railroad buffs however young, featuring Pine Bluff’s legendary queen of steam, with friendly informative tours!

  • Arkansas State University Museum

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    Jonesboro

    Kids can explore the natural history and cultural heritage of NE Arkansas with this great museum. Learning is made fun for kids!

  • Playtime Pizza

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    Little Rock

    Get ready to have some fun in our two story attraction and game arcade! Our attractions include an indoor go-kart track, bumper cars,blacklight mini golf,laser tag and 6 mini-bowling lanes. Our ...

  • Little Rock Zoo

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    Little Rock

    Over 700 animals to explore in this wildest classroom in Little Rock! Great educational experiences for kids AND animal fun!

  • Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

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    Hot Springs

    Enjoy getting close up and personal with alligators, and other animals such as lemars and wolves in this animal-tastic Arkansas attraction!

  • Wilderness Drive Through Safari

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    Gentry

    African comes to Arkansas at this drive through safari, with over 400 acres of exotic animals. With a petting park, and seasonal pony and camel rides too!

  • National Park Aquarium

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    Hot Springs

    A great collection of fish and reptiles at this Arkansas aquarium, with over 300 creatures to explore! Great family fun in Hot Springs.

  • Crossland Zoo

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    Crossett

    Visit one of only two licensed zoos in Arkansas, with over 75 species for kids to meet and learn about!

  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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    Eureka Springs

    is a licensed safe haven mainly for big cats, with up close habitat viewing points, Education Station, and the exciting feeding time in the evening, which you may come back for free of charge.

  • Magic Springs Theme Park

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    Hot Springs

    Runaway mine trains, twisters, plunges, and a TON of family fun at this thrilling Arkansas Theme Park AND Water Park! Who's ready for an adventurous family day out!

  • Wild River Country

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    North Little Rock

    Arkansas water fun for the whole family, with wave pools, thrill rides, lazy rivers and toddler play areas! Great summer fun for kids

  • Crystall Falls Water Park

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    Hot Springs

    Family fun in Arkansas with this family friendly water park! With thrill rides, family rides and kids activity area.

  • Alma Aquatic Park

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    Alma

    Visit the largest outdoor water park in Western Arkansas with slides, a diving board, pools and walking trails!

  • Family Aquatic Center

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    Siloam Springs

    Enjoy a safe and enjoyable aquatic recreation experience. Swimming lessons, different course levels for Juniors. All staff, equipment, programs and services will reflect professionalism and the ...

  • Paragould Water Park

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    Paragould

    offers an outdoor summer water park with several slides and leisure pool with interactive features, plus further swimming and sporting opportunities in the centre itself.

  • Parrot Island Waterpark

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    Fort Smith

    A splashing time in Arkansas with Parrot Island Waterpark with kids fun, lazy rivers, slides and lots of water play!

  • Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat

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    Hot Springs

    Your Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat ticket is your passport to beautiful Lake Hamilton. Sit back and relax aboard the Belle, a 250 passenger riverboat, and enjoy the captain's narration as he ...

  • Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway

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    Eureka Springs

    It's fun. It's exciting. It's educational, too! Step back in time to an earlier age of locomotive transportation and enjoy the Excursion Train or the Dining Car.See our 1940-era diesel locomotive in ...

  • Tiny Town

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    Mountain Home

    There are over 200 displays featuring 1000's of miniatures. See small exhibits right up to whole villages on this interesting tour. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for ...

  • JumpZone

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    North Little Rock

    7 HUGE inflatables at this North Little Rock indoor play and party center, where active kids can have fun, and well, BOUNCE!

  • Hog Wild Events

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    Hot Springs

    Great open play and birthday party inflatables at the Arkansas indoor play center, with special nights and infants go FREE!

  • Boingo Bounce

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    Fayetteville

    Super fun bounce house, with open bounce, toddler time AND birthday parties! Bounce the day away in Arkansas!