Things to do in Arkansas with kids
Arkansas is a place that will completely envelope kids in culture, history and of course the great outdoors!
The State Parks 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 The Natural State is a great place to experiences those beautiful and famous fall colors!
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!
Classic amusement park fun in Arkansas with Funland, featuring sweet rides like the carousel, ferris wheel, helicopters and mini coaster!
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!
A beautiful wildlife refuge offering a safe haven mainly for big cats, with up close habitat viewing points, and guided tours to explore!
Over 700 animals to explore in this wildest classroom in Little Rock! Great educational experiences for kids AND animal fun!
Enjoy getting close up and personal with alligators, and other animals such as lemars and wolves in this animal-tastic Arkansas attraction!
A great collection of fish and reptiles at this Arkansas aquarium, with over 300 creatures to explore! Great family fun in Hot Springs.
Visit one of only two licensed zoos in Arkansas, with over 75 species for kids to meet and learn about!
A fun water park with kiddie area, slides, water tunnel, and fun water features! Open seasonally and perfect for the whole family!
A fun water park within a community center featuring a seasonal outdoor water park, with year round indoor aquatic center
Visit the largest outdoor water park in Western Arkansas with slides, a diving board, pools and walking trails!
Family fun in Arkansas with this family friendly water park! With thrill rides, family rides and kids activity area.
A fun day out in the sun at this Arkansas water park, with slides, dives, tot areas, a train, and concessions!
Indoor pool and outdoor water park in this Arksas aquatic center, with lap pool, diving boards, slides and a tipping bucket!
Seasonal water park fun in Arkansas with lazy river, wave pool, kids area, water slides, and a host of family fun in the sun!
A splashing time in Arkansas with Parrot Island Waterpark with kids fun, lazy rivers, slides and lots of water play!
Arkansas water fun for the whole family, with wave pools, thrill rides, lazy rivers and toddler play areas! Great summer fun for kids
A fun community aquatic recreation experience with swimming fun, lessons and courses for the family!
Kids can explore the natural history and cultural heritage of NE Arkansas with this great museum. Learning is made fun for kids!
For 100 years,The Fort Smith Museum of History have been the "keeper and teller" of Fort Smith's rich and colorful history.
A fun trolley museum showcasing the history of trolleys through the ages, plus kids can ride on a streetcar too!
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!
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 exhibits and programs. The Museum also serves as a premie....
Follow the history of aviation in Arkansas through displays of original artifacts and aviation memorabilia in this historic Arkansas Air & Military Museum!
A treat for railroad buffs however young, featuring Pine Bluff’s legendary queen of steam, with friendly informative tours!
Learn all about the gangsters of our time: Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, and Owen Vincent Madden, as well as see Al Capones 1928 Cadillac !
Over 200 displays of model trains featuring 1000's of miniatures that take you right through the iconic sites of the USA! Great train fun in Arkansas!
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 town of Smackover. Although the Museum represents all....
Explore the historic 1912 building filled with exhibits that showcase the history of cotton from 1836 through to WWII!
A historic house museum in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Built in 1931, it was the first home of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham.
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 Mississippi River in what is today Mississippi County....
Kids under 8 can use their imagination and creative role play in a space specifically designed for them.
Great open play and birthday party inflatables at the Arkansas indoor play center, with special nights and infants go FREE!
7 HUGE inflatables at this North Little Rock indoor play and party center, where active kids can have fun, and well, BOUNCE!
Great indoor fun in Arkansas for kids under 8 years where they can spend the day as adults being doctors, astronauts and dentists!
A fun Arkansas indoor play center designed to encourage creativity, imagination, and cognitive play.
A super fun indoor bouncer/slide party and play place in Arkansas geared toward kids under 12, with a separate toddler area!
Nature is the ultimate playground at Imagination Station, where kids can surround themselves with sounds, sights, textures, smells and challenges - all via Mother Nature! It's multi-sensory play designed to engage kids in the power of play. And all....
Bowling fun in Arkansas, with great ten pin bowling, as well as parties, leagues and youth programs!
Indoor bouncing fun in Little Rock with this trampoline park, with wall to wall trampolines, dodgeball and a kist zone! Great fun for active kids!
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 the swimming area and nature center (open during the....
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 borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America,....
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 join at the Bull Shoals dam. Together these waters f....
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. Twenty-two of the park's 60 miles of border s....
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 with hot showers are located near the swim beach. Park....
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 nature.
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 first state park adjoining a major metropolitan are....
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 timeless natural beauty, this plateau-a remnant of an anci....
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. Operated by the South Arkansas Community College, t....
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 information on the more than 20 miles of hiking trails that wi....
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 park visitor center is located on Ark. 49 in Barton.....
A beautiful picturesque state park in the Ozark mountains in Arkansas, with great hiking trails and outdoor adventure!
A fun family park in the center of Fayetteville, with swimming pool, sports and playgrounds. The cities first and oldest park!
Lake Leatherwood is 1600 acres of scenic parkland with a lake offering boat rentals, extensive hike and bike trails, & wildlife too!
Crowleys Ridge Nature Center is an educational resource perfect to families and kids who love nature, wildlife, exploring & learning!
A beautiful day out in nature in Arkansas where kids can learn about the Ozarks ecosystem!
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.
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 operation or view our stationary steam locomotive ....
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 as we wind through the river valleys, traverse high t....
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 unfolds secrets of America's "Spa City." His entertaini....
Come experience a Once-in-a-Lifetime caving adventure through two of Arkansas' most spectacular caves, Mystic Caverns and Crystal Dome Caverns, located in the heart of the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas.
Underground adventure in Arkansas with three tours to choose from in the Ozark Mountains to uncover the amazing Blanchard Spring Caverns - a natural wonder at it's best!
Skating Center and Arcade, place for family fun. Thrills on Wheels also provides speed skating facilities.
Recognized nationally as one of America's most intact Civil War battlefields, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park protects the battle site and gives visitors a fascinating look into the state's history.
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 performing these works. Come play with us!
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 large ceremonial and governmental complex that was inha....
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!
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.
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 workshops and summer programs, it has continued to expo....
Big Rock offers go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, video games, snack bar and more!
A premiere Live Action Adventure in Fayetteville like no other, where you get to work as a family against the clock to solve puzzles, riddles and clues - all to escape!
offers go karting, miniature golf course, batting cages and arcade.
A charming and picturesque downtown park, with a Ferris Wheel from the 1935 Worlds Fair in San Diego, a hand-painted vintage Italian carousel, a refurbished Pullman railcar diner and more!
Thrills, excitement and fun abound at the largest and fastest go kart track in Hot Springs, with mini golf, bumper boats and laser tag too! Also fun for the whole family are The Wet & Wild Bumper Boats, where you can bump and splash while chall....
Lake front cabins, fishing, RV camping, and family friendly lake vacation rentals right on Lake Norfork! Hand Cove Resort on Norfork Lake offers your family a relaxing and nature filled experience together in the Arkansas Ozarks Mountains.