Things to do in HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK with kids

Arkansas is a place that will completely envelope kids in culture, history and of course the great outdoors! 

The State Parks of Arkansas are really a wonderful way to get kids out of the house and into the beautiful wilderness. Crater of Diamonds Park is blessed with an abundance of geological wonders, and Lake Chicot State Park will captivate on the state’s largest lake.

History is ready to be brought back to life with attractions such as Mountain Village 1890 where kids can see experience a tribute to the first pioneers, and Pea Ridge is the site of one of the most important battles in the American Civil War…an incredible experience for kids!

And of course, what parent doesn’t love a day out that is not only fun for the kids, but also educational! Arkansas has museums a-plenty - from the Arkansas Museum of Discovery, to the Arkansas Railroad Museum (and they won’t even realize they’re learning!)

Enjoy the beautiful outdoors, and don’t forget Arkansas is a great place to experiences those beautiful and famous fall colors!

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  • 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 !

  • 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.

  • Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

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    (1 miles) Hot Springs

    Enjoy getting close up and personal with alligators!

  • Hog Wild Events

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    (2 miles) Hot Springs

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

  • Magic Springs Theme Park

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    (2 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!

  • Crystall Falls Water Park

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    (2 miles) Hot Springs

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

  • Panther Valley Ranch

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    (3 miles) Hot Springs

    Our horseback riding is by reservation and is always led by a guide. If lodging please make reservations to ride when making your lodging reservations. Safety is our number one priority for this ...

  • Mid America Science Museum

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    (4 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 ...

  • Funtracker Family Amusement Parks

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    (4 miles) Hot Springs

    Thrills, excitement and fun abound at The largest and fastest go kart track In Hot Springs. FunTrackers Go Karts feature a pro-style track the entire family can enjoy. Also fun for the whole ...

  • Litty Bitty City

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    (4 miles) Hot Springs

    Welcome to Little Bitty City ... an indoor kids creative playground. Our mission is to provide a safe, fun-filled environment where children can dream, explore and imagine the possibilities through ...

  • Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat

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    (6 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 ...

  • Painted Rock Ranch

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    (8 miles) Royal

    Painted Rock Ranch is located on beautiful Lake Hamilton, near Hot Springs, Arkansas. Painted Rock Ranch maintains a working horse ranch, with centrally located equestrian facilities for both care ...

  • Lake Catherine State Park

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    (8 miles) 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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    (8 miles) 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 ...

  • Captain Blys Shipwreck Cove

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    (10 miles) New Bern

    The 'get wet' family fun center Captain Blys Shipwreck Cove is fun for te entire family.

  • Brady Mountain Riding Stables

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    (13 miles) Royal

    Take a ride along a shaded trail overlooking a running branch that the deer and other wildlife like to come and get a drink from. You will be guided by an experienced wrangler up and down the ...

  • Crystal Palace Skate Center

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    (23 miles) Caddo Valley

    Caddo Valleys place for family fun and fast paced roller skating excitement! Come skate all summer long featuring longer roller skating times, and lower prices.

  • Gator Park Fun Center

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    (38 miles) Little Rock

    Little Rock's Premier Family Entertainment Center. Gator Park offers two go-kart track, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, video games, snack bar and paintball. Fun for the entire ...

  • Playtime Pizza

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    (39 miles) 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 ...

  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park

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    (40 miles) 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 ...

  • Willow Springs

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    (42 miles) Little Rock

    Come and enjoy a fun day in the sun. Willow Springs is a sandy bottom spring and well fed lake.

  • Petit Jean State Park

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    (43 miles) 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 ...

  • The Wonder Place

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    (43 miles) Little Rock

    Kids under 8 can use their imagination and creative role play in a space specifically designed for them.

  • JumpZone

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    (44 miles) North Little Rock

    Jump!Zone North Little Rock has 7 massive, unique inflatables like you have never seen before in an indoor party and play center. The inflatables stay indoors and are sanitized daily, so you can ...

  • Little Rock Zoo

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    (44 miles) Little Rock

    The wildest classroom in town, and it's a fun place just to monkey around. e Rock with kids.

  • Wild River Country

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    (46 miles) 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

  • Arkansas Museum of Discovery

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    (48 miles) 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!

  • Crater of Diamonds State Park

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    (48 miles) 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.

  • Aerospace Education Center

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    (48 miles) 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 ...

  • Plantation Agriculture Museum

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    (54 miles) Scott

    Learn about growing and picking cotton, as well as ginning and storing the seeds. Tour the 1912 museum building, Dortch Gin Building, and Seed Warehouse.

  • Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park

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    (56 miles) 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 ...

  • Mount Magazine State Park

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    (58 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 ...

  • Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary

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    (58 miles) Greenbrier

    At Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary, we are implementing a sensible and effective strategy for preserving and expanding the number of elephants throughout the world. We are caring for a group ...

  • Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

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    (59 miles) Scott

    The Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park helps you and your family make memories that are lifelong possessions. Family programs include: spring & summer day camps, gardening workshops, candle ...

  • Arkansas Railroad Museum

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    (64 miles) Pine Bluff

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