12 Field Trips Every Arkansan Took As A Kid…And Should Retake Now
Back in the good old days, these locations around Arkansas may have been just a chance to get out of class for a day—but they definitely mean a lot more to you as you get older. What was wonderful about the places where you took field trips as a kid is still wonderful, and many of these places have only gotten better with age. Take a family field trip to these spots around the Natural State and re-introduce yourself to how cool they are:
12. Pinnacle Mountain State Park
VIDEO If you were a central Arkansas kid growing up, you know the thrill of reaching the summit of Pinnacle Mountain as a child. Experience it again. The thrill remains!
11. Pea Ridge National Military Park
VIDEO Historic Pea Ridge National Military Park is great for young students to learn about Civil War history. As an adult, Civil War buffs will get even more out of a visit to this important location.
10. Jenkins' Ferry State Park
VIDEO Grant County students ought to remember taking a trip to Jenkins' Ferry during Civil War history units. This is another great location for Civil War historians and others to visit as adults.
9. Jacksonport State Park
There's a lot more to Jacksonport than just history and its preservation. Camping and swimming are two popular activities at this location, and that's something that visitors of all ages can enjoy.
8. MacArthur Park Historic Museum
Located in downtown Little Rock, MacArthur Park is a wonderful military museum where students and adults alike get an understanding of Arkansas's involvement in wars of different eras. The grounds of the park are perfect for gatherings and picnics.
7. Arkansas Post National Memorial
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VIDEO Visiting Arkansas Post National Museum in Gillett is a vital place to visit when learning about Arkansas's vast and diverse history. Everyone should take another visit to see how much you remember and to learn something new.
6. Old State House
There's usually a new exhibit or something cool going on at the Old State House in downtown Little Rock. The best part of the ever changing experience is that admission is free.
5. Crater of Diamonds State Park
VIDEO Whether you're a schoolkid or a working adult, everyone has a good time looking for something newsworthy at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.
4. Mid America Science Museum
VIDEO You likely went there as a kid in its early years, but things have definitely changed at Mid America Science Museum in Hot Springs since then. The museum underwent a major renovation and reopened in 2015 with a variety of new hands-on educational exhibits and family friendly attractions.
3. Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park
VIDEO This National Historic Landmark and designated archaeological site is a fun field trip for students. It's also a great place for families to spend a day learning about prehistory.
2. Historic Washington State Park
VIDEO Anyone of any age will appreciate the living history told at Historic Washington State Park in Hempstead County. The 19th-century landmarks and artifacts make the experience a great way to learn while being entertained.
1. Arkansas State Capitol
Students from many schools around the Natural State take a trip to the State Capitol in Little Rock to tour the grounds and have a look at history. Visiting again as an adult is a fun experience as well, because you have a greater appreciation for the design and architecture of the Capitol. It's truly a grand structure.
No matter what age you are, you’ll find some fun in these places you visited in your school days. It’s nice to see the upcoming generation enjoy these locations as well. Hopefully years from now schoolchildren around Arkansas will still be visiting these locations and making awesome memories.
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