Ten years ago when we were getting ready to move to Arkansas, I had never been here and knew very little about it. I think the only thing I knew about Arkansas was that the capital was Little Rock and President Clinton came from here. I can honestly tell you though that whether you are just passing through and looking for a family friendly vacation, Arkansas has a lot to offer.
One of our favorite things about living in Arkansas is all of the beautiful lakes and outdoor activities. Arkansas has several state parks that offer cabins (which by the way are very inexpensive to stay in) camp sites, lakes to boat, fish, swim, or even snorkel, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities, free educational programs, and other attractions. You can find all of the listings at www.arkansasstateparks.com. Some of our favorite vacations have been camping at Devil's Den, DeGray Lake and Lake Catherine State Parks. Fun, family friendly, inexpensive, and educational. My kind of vacation!
|Lake Tour at Degray Lake|
|Cabin at Lake Catherine|
|Hands on fun at MASM|
|Visiting the Print Shop at Historic Washington|
|Digging for diamonds|
Eureka Springs Arkansas is home of the Great Passion Play and the New Holy Land Tour. There are also many shops and art galleries to visit in Historic Downtown. My children really loved traveling everywhere by trolley.
Not far from Eureka Springs are the cities of Fayetteville, Spingdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. Here you will find many things to do. The University of Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, The Home of the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Walton Arts Center has Broadway Musicals, dance performances, and other live entertainment in a small and comfortable setting. I had the opportunity to see Little House on the Prairie the Musical a few years ago and was very impressed with the theater. Fayetteville also has a lot of shopping and restaurants. and is a hop. skip. and jump from Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park where the last major Civil War battle to place in Arkansas. If you are going by Springdale, plan a recreational outing to the Jones Center which has an indoor ice skating rink, basketball courts and walking track, indoor swimming pool, and movie theater. The Springdale Library has a really nice park with play equipment, a walking trail, and a pond to feed the ducks. In Bentonville you will find the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art where admission is free! (sponsored by Walmart.) Rogers offers a lot of shopping at Pinnacle Hills and also Beaver Lake. I wanted to mention that a drive through the Ozarks when the leaves are changing colors is spectacular!
Not far from these cities, you can go on Safari! Yep! In a little town called Gentry Arkansas, you can go on a drive through animal safari, visit a petting zoo which has baby kangaroos! and see other animals up close. The Wild Wilderness Drive Thru Safari is a lot of fun!
Other places to see and things to do include: Mountain View Arkansas, Blanchard Springs Caverns, and the Delta Rivers Nature Center. We have not seen any of these yet, but I am hoping to soon!
I hope you enjoyed my tour of Arkansas! Click here for more information on planning a trip to Arkansas.
Lisa and her husband Art have lived in Arkansas for 10 years where they are happily homeschooling their 7 children. Lisa's blogs at The Happy Homeschool Mom.