Historical Attractions in FORT SMITH with kids

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

Fort Smith is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in this The Natural State city 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 Fort Smith’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 Fort Smith when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Pea Ridge

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    (76 miles) 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.

  • Forest Heritage Center

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    (96 miles) Broken Bow

    Visitors to the Center's museum will find historical documents, antique forestry tools, wood art, homestead memorabilia, and a research library filled with books, periodicals, and other materials ...

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  • Fort Smith Museum of History

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    (2 miles) 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 ...

  • Arkansas Air Museum

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    (45 miles) 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 ...

  • Three Rivers Museum

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    (60 miles) Muskogee

    Climb aboard the 1940's era switch engine, visit the statue commemorating the first Girls Scout Cookies, and try to solve the mystery of the tombstone! Preserves the multi-ethnic history and heritage ...

  • Five Civilized Tribes Museum

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    (63 miles) Muskogee

    A historic museum that preserves the culture, traditions and art of the five civilized tribes, with exhibitions and shows.

  • Harber Village Antique Historical Museum

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    (86 miles) Grove

    Offers an authentic pioneer village experience including some new hands on exhibits to keep kids interested plus the Ecology Center and scenic Nature Trail.

  • National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum

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    (90 miles) Afton

    Welcome to the National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum, the only institution in the world dedicated to the preservation and display of classic Hot Rods and Custom Cars while honoring the ...

  • JM Davis Arms and Historical Museum

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    (94 miles) Claremore

    The 40,000 sq. ft. J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum on Historic U.S. Route 66 Highway houses a collection of items as diverse as the people and the culture it represents. The museum is operated ...

  • Mid America Science Museum

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    (94 miles) 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 ...

  • The Oklahoma Maritime Education Center

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    (95 miles) Catoosa

    Learn all about the history of the waterway, the port, and all the economic benefits of the system! Great FREE learning in Oklahoma

  • The Gangster Museum Of America

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    (97 miles) 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 !

  • Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art

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    (99 miles) Tulsa

    "It is the mission of The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art to educate about the Jewish experience in Oklahoma, the United States, and the world. Through exhibitions and educational programs ...

  • Wilderness Drive Through Safari

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    (63 miles) 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!

  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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    (73 miles) 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.

  • Promised Land Zoo

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    (87 miles) Eagle Rock

    An amazing drive thru animal park in Missouri, with over 500 animals, tours, feedings and fun!

  • Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

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    (96 miles) Hot Springs

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

  • National Park Aquarium

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    (97 miles) 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.

  • Oklahoma Aquarium

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    (98 miles) Jenks

    Over 100 exhibits at this popular Oklahoma Aquarium where kids can have hands-on fun, and explore those creatures that call the ocean home!

  • Magic Springs Theme Park

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    (99 miles) 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!

  • Parrot Island Waterpark

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    (5 miles) Fort Smith

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

  • Alma Aquatic Park

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    (12 miles) 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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    (57 miles) 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 ...

  • Crystall Falls Water Park

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    (99 miles) Hot Springs

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

  • Big Splash Waterpark

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    (100 miles) Tulsa

    Outdoor water park fun in Tulsa, with lazy rivers, wave pools, flumes, rock walls, and even family days every Sunday! Splashing Oklahoma fun!

  • Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway

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    (80 miles) 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 ...

  • Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat

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    (99 miles) 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 ...

  • Boingo Bounce

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    (51 miles) Fayetteville

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

  • Bounce U

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    (95 miles) Tulsa

    Fun open bounce sessions filled with colorful and fun inflatables, with parents night out and birthday parties too! Bouncing fun in Tulsa!

  • Hog Wild Events

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    (97 miles) Hot Springs

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

  • Devil's Den State Park

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    (28 miles) West Fork

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

  • Mount Magazine State Park

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    (45 miles) 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 ...

  • Greenleaf State Park

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    (50 miles) Braggs

    One of Oklahomas most family orientated parks Greenleaf State Park is located near Braggs, Oklahoma, and is situated around the 930-acre (3.8 km

  • Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

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    (68 miles) 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 ...

  • Lake Leatherwood City Park

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    (80 miles) 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.