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Arkansas is a Great Destination for Family Vacations on a Budget

Disconnect from the digital devices and the internet and reconnect with family in the wonder of Arkansas's natural beauty. Refresh your spirit and find fun things to do outside in Arkansas–and spend less money than the average vacation while you have a great time!

Arkansas parks are scattered across the state, from its highest peaks to the shores of lakes and streams. Overnight accommodations available in recreational parks include lodges, cabins, campgrounds with modern conveniences and even rental teepees and super fun yurts. Many of the recreational parks also offer restaurants, snack bars, hiking trails, pavilions, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Some feature marinas, swimming pools, tennis courts and boat ramps for a variety of water sports. One park even features the world's only site where you can search for diamonds and keep what you find!

All of the fun things to do outside in Arkansas are why it's a great destination for family vacations on a budget! Whether you’re looking for a weekend trip or a week-long getaway, check out these Arkansas vacation ideas to find fun for kids and adults alike!

Fun Things to Do Outside on an Arkansas Family Vacation

All of the 52 Arkansas State Parks offer lots of exciting and fun things to do outside that families, kids, seniors and nature enthusiasts will enjoy. If you are traveling with a group and would like to have a program or tour designed especially for you, first look to see what is happening on the Arkansas Events calendar, then contact the Arkansas State Park and add these activities to your itinerary. Several parks offer step-on guides for your bus tour, free guided tours of historic sites, or Arkansas lake tours that can be tailored to your travel group's interests and available time.

Arkansas Family Vacations - Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View

Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View

Teachers, if you see Educational Programs here that meet your classroom needs, contact Arkansas State Parks at 501-682-2187 about presenting that program in your classroom. If you would like to bring your class to the park for a memorable hands-on experience in the Arkansas outdoors, contact the individual park. For additional information, visit the Teacher Resources section.

From Arkansas hiking and Arkansas camping to thousands of daily park programs, you are sure to find plenty of fun things to do outside for the whole family.


Arkansas Events ? Family Vacations on a Budget
Arkansas Events - Find fun things to do outside during your visit to Arkansas State Parks: Search for Arkansas activities by selecting the park of interest and choosing the month or range of dates when you will be visiting. You may also enter keywords to narrow your search.

Arkansas State Parks ? Fun Things to Do Outside
Educational Programs - Arkansas State Parks offer thousands of educational family attractions, such pioneer reenactments, Native American activities, archaeological presentations and bird watching events. You can also sign up to take part in the Arkansas State Parks Explorer Program.

Arkansas Camping ? Family Vacations on a Budget
Arkansas Camping - Skip the normal hotel accommodations and enjoy a family outdoor adventure with a few nights at an Arkansas campground. Find locations and nightly rates for Arkansas campgrounds now. Every adult and child can have a good time at an Arkansas campground...you’ll find plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities and might even spot some Arkansas wildlife!

Arkansas Hiking ? Fun Things to Do Outside
Arkansas Hiking - Explore the Arkansas outdoors with your family or friends, while following a hiking trail in the Arkansas State Parks.

Arkansas Lake Tours ? Arkansas Family Vacations
Lake Tours - Enjoy an Arkansas lake tour cruise and see if you can spot an egret, heron, eagle, alligator, mink, deer, armadillo or other interesting Arkansas wildlife that can be found in and around our beautiful Arkansas lakes.

Arkansas History ? Arkansas Family Vacations
Arkansas History - Step back in time and discover the historic sites of Arkansas - old court houses, paddle wheel riverboats, cemeteries, archaeological sites, ceremonial centers, mound villages, museums and historic villages to name a few!

Arkansas Watchable Wildlife ? Fun Things to Do Outside
Watchable Wildlife - Twenty-five Arkansas State Parks have been selected for Watchable Wildlife, a national program that identifies locations that offer unique opportunities for seeing butterflies, songbirds, ducks, geese and other Arkansas wildlife.

Arkansas Senior Citizens Outdoor Activities
Senior Citizens - A number of parks have Elderhostel programs and workshops offering camping in the Ozarks, golfing in lakeside resort parks, jet boating on the White River and immersing in Ozark music and art.

Geocaching in Arkansas ? Fun Things to Do Outside
Geocaching - How about a high tech treasure hunting adventure? The latest rave in outdoor sports is geocaching, now available in 40 Arkansas State Parks. It’s free, fun and rewarding!

Arkansas History and Heritage ? Family Vacations on a Budget
History & Heritage - Discover Arkansas history & cultural heritage, when you explore historic homes & buildings, towns, Civil War sites, museums and other budget-friendly destinations.

Arkansas Outdoor Adventure ? Fun Things to Do Outside
Outdoor Adventure - Are you ready for an amazing family vacation in the Arkansas outdoors? Arkansas State Parks offer exciting outdoor activities such as backpacking, caving, hiking, hang gliding, horseback riding, lake kayaking, mountain biking, river running, rock climbing, snorkeling and much more. Come play outside in Arkansas – and remember to post a photo or two on Pinterest or Instagram and share your experience on Facebook.

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JB Trading Co.

Compton, Arkansas
Phone: 870-420-3065

Beaverfork Lake Park Handicap Accessible

Conway, Arkansas
Phone: 501-450-6117

Lake Conway Handicap Accessible

Conway, Arkansas
Phone: 501-327-7788

The Ride

Conway, Arkansas
Phone: 501-764-4500

Toad Suck Towboat

Conway, Arkansas
Phone: 501-329-2986

Mom’s Lake Handicap Accessible

Corning, Arkansas

Cotter Trout Dock

Cotter, Arkansas
Phone: 870-435-6525

Dally's Ozark Flyfisher

Cotter, Arkansas
Phone: 870-435-6166

Denton Ferry Adventures

Cotter, Arkansas
Phone: 479-841-7634

His Place Resort

Cotter, Arkansas
Phone: 870-435-6535

Hurst Fishing Service

Cotter, Arkansas
Phone: 870-435-6414

Rainbow Drive Resort & Campground

Cotter, Arkansas
Phone: 870-430-5217

Roundhouse Shoals Fishing Services

Cotter, Arkansas
Phone: 870-404-7757

White River Campground & Cabins

Cotter, Arkansas
Phone: 870-453-2299

Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Pet-friendly

Crossett, Arkansas
Phone: 870-364-3167

Dardanelle Confederate Monument Handicap Accessible

Dardanelle, Arkansas
Phone: 479-229-3328

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge

Dardanelle, Arkansas
Phone: 479-229-4300

Mount Nebo State Park Pet-friendly

Dardanelle, Arkansas
Phone: 479-229-3655

Riverview Recreation Area & Campground Pet-friendly

Dardanelle, Arkansas
Phone: 479-968-5008

Bellah Mine Recreation Area & Campground Pet-friendly

De Queen, Arkansas
Phone: 870-584-4161

Oak Grove Recreation Area & Campground Pet-friendly

De Queen, Arkansas
Phone: 870-584-4161

Pine Ridge Recreation Area & Campground Pet-friendly

De Queen, Arkansas
Phone: 870-584-4161

White River

Des Arc, Arkansas

Blue Ridge Recreation Area & Campground Pet-friendly

Dierks, Arkansas
Phone: 870-286-2346

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