Arkansas Family Vacation Ideas

Arkansas Family Vacation Idea #1:

Bull Shoals-White River State Park, located in Lakeview, is a premier boating and fishing. The White River is a premium trout stream. The 44,000 Bull Shoals Lake is popular for its bass, catfish, crappie and bream. The Bull Shoals-White River State Park is situated in the beautiful Ozark Mountains.

Arkansas Family Vacation Ideas #2:

Cossatot River State Park is a spot to access the Cossatot River for whitewater adventure. Located in Wickes, the park offers a exceptional whitewater runs.

This is considered by many as the best white water float stream around. The River Corridor trail and the Harris Creek Trail offer hiking. The park visitor/education center features interactive exhibits and a wildlife observation room.

Arkansas Family Vacation Ideas #4:

Devil’s Den State Park sits in Lee Creek Valley, a picturesque Ozark Mountain setting near West Fork.

The Civilian Conservation Corps used natural materials to craft the park’s impressive native stone dam across Lee Creek.

Trails in Devil’s Den State Park are great for hiking, mountain biking or backpacking. In the backcountry areas you can find caves and crevices and bluff overlooks which can be explored.

Arkansas Family Vacation Idea #3:

How would you like to learn how to hunt diamonds in Arkansas? Crater of Diamonds State Park offers you this one-of-a-kind adventure. Dig your own diamond and you get to keep any you find. Over 24,000 diamonds have been unearthed here since 1972. You can search through a 37 acre which is the world’s eighth largest diamond bearing volcanic pipe. The park also has an aquatic playground for the kids and the Diamond Discovery Center. An Arkansas diamond digging vacation can be a fun vacation idea for kids too.

Family Vacation in Arkansas Ideas #5:

Mount Magazine State Park is in lovely Paris, Arkansas. There are hiking trails available here featuring scenic overlooks. Families will enjoy the pavilion and the picnic area. You can view an exhibit gallery and interpretive programs at the visitor center. For fun outdoor activities the park offers rock climbing, horseback riding, hang gliding and biking.

Arkansas Family Vacation Idea #6:

Hot Springs, Arkansas is the home of the popular family vacation spot Magic Springs Theme Park and Crystal Falls Water Park. The kids will scream as the X-Coaster shoots them 150 feet in the air and then flips and rolls around at 65 miles-per-hour.

There are plenty of other thrill rides like the classic wooden coaster Arkansas Twister with its 100 foot drop. Crystal Falls, Arkansas’ greatest water park, has all the cool and refreshing water rides that the kids love.

Family Vacation in Arkansas Ideas #7:

An Arkansas family vacation spot is Oak Ridge Resort, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. This is a family owned resort situated on 4 acres of the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Their clean, private kitchenette cottages are perfect for your family up to 7 to 14 people.

You have a full range of activities available. Biking, hiking and just enjoying the natural mountain surroundings. There's a full service marina where you can arrange for guided fishing trips or scuba diving in the lake. Of course, swimming is there for you in the lake and the pool.

Arkansas Family Vacation Idea #8:

Canoeing Buffalo National River, Arkansas
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Plan a cheap family summer vacation in Arkansas around the Buffalo National River. This 135 mile long river is great for a family canoe or fishing trip. There are plenty of quiet areas for a long, relaxing and easy canoe trip through the scenic tree covered hills of Arkansas. Hiking is a cheap vacation activity and you will find over 100 miles of trails along the Buffalo National River.

The National Park Service maintains 13 excellent camping facilities along the river. There’s a great 2.2 mile hiking trail called the Rush Trail that you can access from the town of Rush. This trail will take you through the remains of 1880 era mine buildings including a blacksmith shop, livery barn, and smelter.

The Lost Valley Trail, south of Ponca, takes hikers 2.1 miles through the forest, across a natural bridge, through a cave and ends up at a 35-foot waterfall. Bat Cave and Indian Rockhouse Cave are stops along the way on Indian Rockhouse Trail. This 3.5 to 5 mile trail is south of Yellville, Arkansas.

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