Arkansas offers visitors many things to do and see. Whether you’re an adult visiting the State or bringing the children, you won’t have a hard time finding something to do! If you visit Arkansas during the summer months, expect high heat and humidity with temperatures averaging 93 degrees. If visiting during the winter months, expect temperatures averaging around 50 degrees during the day. The weather in Arkansas can be a bit volatile with frequent storms, so be sure to pack your rain gear!
If you’re interested in most outdoor activities, there is more than enough to do! Throughout Arkansas, you will find more than 180 parks and nature attractions. One attraction that is a must-see is Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs. Anthony Chapel is part of the 210-acre botanical garden called Garvan Woodland Gardens. Anthony is a beautiful glass chapel set in the woods with stunning views. This Chapel is available to rent for weddings and private events, but please be aware if there is a private event or wedding going on, visitors are not allowed near the Chapel.
Blanchard Springs Recreation Area in Mountain is a beautiful attraction offering many hiking trails, waterfalls, and even swimming and fishing for visitors. Caves with breathtaking formations are also offered at the park, with available daily tours. The area provides easy access and has a beautiful boardwalk to avoid walking through the natural brush. Visitors to Arkansas should take at least a few hours out of their day to visit this fascinating attraction.
Do you enjoy seeing wild cats in their natural element? Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Springs. Lions, cougars, leopards, tigers, and bears can be seen living in natural habitats. You can take a self-guided tour, or if you prefer to learn more about the animals, guided tours are available from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The refuge is open all year except on Christmas Day. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit refuge and has grown to become one of the Top 10 attractions in Arkansas. Don’t miss it!
If you're a fan of religious history, visit St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Eureka Springs. It is still a working church with Catholic Mass offered on Sunday mornings. St. Elizabeth's was originally built in 1882 in Little Rock. However, as Catholic immigrant communities became more prevalent in the area, the small parish closed, and in 1912 the current structure was built. Listed on the National Historic Register, St. Elizabeth’s also has a unique unattached Bell Tower for visitors to see. There are uniquely beautiful stained-glass windows throughout the Church and a gift shop offering many religious-themed items.
There are many historical, military, and art museums in Arkansas. The Old State House Museum was built in 1836 and served as Arkansas' first capital building. The Museum offers a quilt exhibit, Arkansas Political Exhibit, and the First Ladies of Arkansas exhibit featuring past Governor’s wives’ dresses. The Museum began collecting artifacts in the 1950s, and the collection is continually growing. If you want to learn about Arkansas State History, this is the Museum to visit.
The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History is a museum focusing on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks. If you want the feeling of walking through pioneer days in Arkansas, this is the Museum to visit. There are six historic buildings at the Museum and collections of items used by the residents and shapers of Ozark history, including the men, women, and children who lived in the towns and rural communities. You will also find a collection of over a half million photographs of life in the Ozarks. The Museum offers free admission to both the Museum and grounds, but there is an opportunity to leave a donation.
Attractions are not limited to daytime activities. Why not visit the Intrigue Theater in Eureka Springs? Visitors travel back in time experiencing an evening of Mystery and Intrigue set in the Victorian Age. The performers are an Illusionist and Medium who call upon guests from the “other side.” The Intrigue Theater is rated one of the top attractions in Eureka Springs and offers a unique experience.
If you love to shop, Arkansas will not disappoint! Whether you're interested in antique stores, flea and street markets, farmers markets or mall shopping, opportunities are available throughout the State. A popular antique store is the Arkansas Peddlers Antique Mall in Greenbrier, which offers an extensive collection of antiques and something for every shopper. For a comprehensive list of shopping venues, visit the Arkansas Visitors site.
On a hot day in Arkansas, the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville is the place to go for indoor fun! The Amazeum has 50,000 square feet of learning fun for children and adults alike. Inside the main gallery, you will find a 35-foot climbable tree! Other available and fun attractions at the Amazeum include the Nickelodeon iPlaybal, Hershey’s Lab, 3M Tinkering Hub, and Art Studio. This Museum is all about interactive play and has a motto of the messier, the better! Small children, especially, will love this attraction.
Do your kids love dinosaurs? What about you? Dino Dig in Murfreesboro offers indoor sand pits that visitors can dig in to find and keep hidden gems! There are plenty of realistic looking dinosaurs for photo opportunities as well. The adults can join in on the digging with the kids or relax in available chairs and shop at the on-site gift shop. The attraction is heated on colder days and air-conditioned on hot summer days, so no matter the temperature outside, families can spend an enjoyable time together.
Rogers Aquatics Center in Rogers is another great attraction to visit for a fun-filled day with the family. The Center offers three acres of water fun, but also offers other attractions such as a 500 foot Lazy River, the Vortex Plunge Pool that includes a rock climbing wall, a splash pad with speed slides, and a leisure pool with basketball hoops, a volleyball net, lily pad walk and a large play structure. There are concessions on the premises, so there is no need to leave to feed the family. This attraction offers enough fun to fill a day in Arkansas!
From parks to museums to nightlife, visitors will not lack for things to do in Arkansas. For a full list of available attractions throughout the State, visit TripAdvisor.