National Parks / Natural World in Arkansas with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Natural State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Arkansas offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Arkansas itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Crater of Diamonds State Park

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    Murfreesboro

    An amazing family day out to the only diamond-producing site open to the public in the entire world! A beautiful geological "gem" in Arkansas to explore.

  • Greers Ferry Lake

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    Heber Springs

    The Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red river area of Arkansas offers exceptional opportunities to explore the great out-of-doors. Whether your tastes run to fishing, boating and other fun on the water ...

  • Lake Catherine State Park

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    Hot Springs

    The park features a launch ramp, standard pavilion, picnic sites, playgrounds, laundry and trails. Gifts, groceries, snacks and ice are available for sale daily at the visitor center that overlooks ...

  • Lake Ouachita State Park

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    Mountain Pine

    Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's ...

  • Bull Shoals-White River State Park

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    Bull Shoals

    In north central Arkansas amidst the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake ...

  • Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

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    Rogers

    Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area (HSP-CA) is in its initial development phase. Arkansas's largest state park in land area, Hobbs covers 12,045 acres along the southern shores of 28,370-acre Beaver ...

  • Woolly Hollow State Park

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    Greenbrier

    Nestled in the Ozark foothills, this state park is a serene getaway overlooking lovely Lake Bennett, 40-acres for fishing and swimming at the park's swimming beach area. A snack bar and bathhouse ...

  • Lake Chicot State Park

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    Lake Village

    Arkansas's largest natural lake can be found in this beautiful state park. Perfect for bird watching, boating, and fishing, tours of the levee and camping, it's makes for an amazing family day out in ...

  • Millwood State Park

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    Ashdown

    A series of boat lanes meander through timber, marshes, and oxbow cutoffs making Millwood Lake a \"tree-filled\" fishing haven. Famous for bass tournaments, this 29,260-acre lake abounds in ...

  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park

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    Little Rock

    Pinnacle Mountain is a day-use park dedicated to environmental education, recreation, and preservation. Located just west of Little Rock, this natural environment was set aside in 1977 as Arkansas\'s ...

  • Mount Magazine State Park

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    Paris

    At 2,753-feet, Mount Magazine is Arkansas's highest mountain, rising dramatically above the broad valleys of the Petit Jean River to the south and the Arkansas River to its north. Graced with ...

  • South Arkansas Arboretum

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    El Dorado

    Located adjacent to the El Dorado High School, this 13-acre site exhibits plants indigenous to Arkansas's West Gulf Coastal Plain region and exotic species including flowering azaleas and camellias. ...

  • Petit Jean State Park

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    Morrilton

    Petit Jean State Park is the place to be if you are looking for something to do. Guests are never lacking somewhere to go, or something to do at a visit to Petit Jean. Hiking Trails: Get ...

  • Delta Heritage Trail

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    Watson

    The paved trail stretches through a shaded canopy of native hardwoods, alongside agricultural fields, and across many streams. Wildlife viewing and birding opportunities abound along the route. The ...

  • Devil's Den State Park

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    West Fork

    A beautiful picturesque state park in the Ozark mountains in Arkansas, with great hiking trails and outdoor adventure!

  • Lake Leatherwood City Park

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    Eureka Springs

    1600 acres of scenic parkland including a lake with boat rentals, extensive hike and bike trails, plus plenty of local wildlife to spot as you explore.

  • Crowleys Ridge Nature Center

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    Jonesboro

    An educational resource suited to families and children with engaging displays and interactive exhibits plus nature trails and more.

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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!

  • 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.

  • Arkansas and Missouri Railroad

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    Springdale

    FOR GREAT SCENERY.... The Best Ride's on us! Ride in style on our meticulously restored antique passenger cars,our first-class parlor car or the 1940's Caboose, Lil' Toot, we added in 2007. Relax ...

  • Fort Smith Trolley Museum

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    Fort Smith

    The Fort Smith Streetcar Restoration Association is dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of electric powered streetcars, railroad equipment, transportation and other technology that existed ...