It’s summer again and that means rising temperatures in Arkansas. These water parks and splash pads across the Natural State are great places for families to cool off, beat the summer heat, and have a great time doing it! Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and lots of energy, because these excellent locales will get the kids out of the house and entertain them for hours on end!
12. Parrot Island
Fort Smith's newest water park attraction can't be left off this list! Just opened, this park features slides and attractions for all ages.
11. Riverfront Park
There two splash pads in downtown Little Rock are great spots to cool off. Children under 5 can head to Riverfront Park's Children's Play Area behind the Marriott Hotel and the Peabody Adventure Park near the climbing wall features a cool splash pad that's open for children of all ages. These locations are free and open through October from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
10. Diamond Springs Water Park
Located within the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, this is a fun way for families to cool off after a hard day of digging in the sun for diamonds. The water park features waterfall hideaways, geysers shooting from beneath the surface, sprayers, waterspouts, cascades, two water slides, and more.
9. Tyndall Park
This Benton community mini-water park features splash pads that are popular with small children. Tyndall Park also has water spouts, a misting arc, and filling-and-dumping buckets.
8. Arkadelphia Aquatic Center
Come enjoy: arching sprays, floating play pieces, a pool with zero depth entry, and an open-flume waterslide at this Arkadelphia fun park. Arkadelphia Aquatic Center is open until September 7 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sat., 1-5 p.m. Admission is $6, or for a 10-visit pass $50, and a family of four season pass is $200.
7. Parker Park
This new Jonesboro, Arkansas public park, opened in 2014, features splash pads for families to enjoy. Parker Park Community Center is located at 411 West Monroe Avenue in Jonesboro.
6. Splash Zone
This popular Jacksonville park features a water tunnel, two water slides, umbrella-shaped water showers, and a Tea Cup water attraction for small children. The park is open until September 1; hours vary throughout the summer. Admission is $5 with children ages 2 and under free; slides are $1 extra and not included in the admission price.
5. War Memorial Park
The splash playground at this Little Rock park offers rocks, nets, nooks, and crannies to climb on with fountains, mist, and plenty of water. A covered slide and a view of Coleman Creek nearby are also a draw for families. The park is open for free until October from 7 am until 8 pm.
4. Crenshaw Springs
This White Hall, Arkansas water park is named after the natural spring that attracted the community's first residents to the area. Families will find two 40-foot slides, a lazy river, zero-depth entry pool, a rock climbing wall, and splash areas for the little ones. The park is open until September 7th with hours that vary on weekdays and the weekend. Admission is $12 and $10 for children ages 4-12. Children under 3 have free admission.
3. Rogers Aquatic Center
Located in Rogers, Arkansas, this park is a beautiful 3 acre water park filled with water-fun for the whole family. The park offers daily admission or "Splash Passes" for families to enjoy the facilities.
2. Crystal Falls
This Hot Springs water park is a popular part of the Magic Springs attraction. Crystal Falls features thrilling slides for daredevils and a variety of fun water activities for the family. Daily admission and season passes are available.
1. Wild River Country
This North Little Rock water park is the biggest in the state and sets the standard for summer fun with numerous thrill slides and a huge wave pool. Daily admission and season passes are available at the park, which also offers specialty attraction discount days throughout the summer season.
Now that it’s only going to get hotter outside with the usual Arkansas summer weather, it’s time to find a nice park for the family to cool off. Have fun at these spots across the Natural State! Did we miss any of your favorite water-themed attractions? Tell us about them in the comments below!