Arkansas June 14, 2019
12 Water Wonderlands In Arkansas That Will Take Your Summer To A Whole New Level
The heat has set in and summer will officially be here in a week. Have you made your summer bucket list? No matter if you’re wanting a lake, waterfall, splash pad, swim hole, or full blown water park – Arkansas can certainly deliver. Let’s dive right in!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Parrot Island Water Park - Fort Smith
A perfect way to kick off summer is at the Parrot Island Water Park in Fort Smith. The 20,000-sq. ft. water park has an attraction for every age group, including a new surfing machine for this season. Visit their
for more information.
Address: 7300 Zero Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903
2. Charlton Recreation Area - Royal
If you'd rather have a more natural water park, head to the Charlton Rec Area. The spring-fed Walnut Creek stays chilly even during the hottest days. Swim for a few hours or set up camp for a relaxing weekend in the Ouachita National Forest. For more details on this area, read our full article
Address: 154 Milholen Trail, Royal, AR 71968
3. Kayak Park - Siloam Springs
One of the most underrated treasures in NWA is the Kayak Park of Siloam Springs. Work on your paddling skills in this human-engineered white water adventure or just pick a swim hole along the river's edge. Read
our full article
to learn more about this awesome park.
Address: 19253 Fisher Ford Road, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
4. Lake Ponder - Paragould
Located in Crowley's Ridge State Park, Lake Ponder is an enhanced swimming experience. Slide down one of the tubes for a bit of fun before snorkeling with the small fish. The state park has plenty to do from trails to cabins for an extended stay. For more details about the lake, go
Address: 2092 Highway 168 North, Paragould, AR 72450
5. DeGray Lake Resort State Park - Bismarck
Arkansas' only resort state park is perfect for a family vacation (and you won't even need plane tickets)! The island resort has endless water-based activities including guided kayak tours and stand-up paddle boards for rent. Keep your retreat as a simple camping weekend or splurge at the lodge and golf course. For more highlights, read
Address: 2027 State Park Entrance Road, Bismarck, AR 71929
6. Norfork Lake - Henderson
White sand beaches don't have to be thousands of miles away. Norfork Lake has some of the prettiest beachfront in the Ozarks. There's no where better to dig your toes in than at the lake's Sand Island. It's definitely worth the paddle trip! You can learn more about the lake by reading
Address: 151 Panther Bay Loop, Mountain Home, AR 72653
7. Lake Ouachita - Avant
Lake Ouachita has some of the cleanest water in the entire country, which means freshwater jellyfish as well as summer-lovin' Arkansans thrive here. There's too many attractions and activities to list for this lake but we do suggest adding their
to your itinerary.
Address: 5451 Mountain Pine Road, Mountain Pine, AR 71956
8. War Memorial Park Splash Pad - Little Rock
Enjoy a day trip to the War Memorial Park Splash Pad for an urban adventure. The splash pads of Little Rock really put all others to shame. The interactive features and natural rock facades will thrill young splashers all summer long. For directions to all three of Little Rock's splash pads, visit
Address: 5511 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72205
9. Falling Water Falls - Pelsor
Jumping back into nature, no Arkansas summer would be complete without a waterfall excursion. The waterfall-fed swim hole at Falling Water Falls doesn't require hiking either! Just drive up and enjoy this beautiful area. To see more of this gorgeous waterfall, read our full article
Address: Forest Service Road 1205, Mt Pleasant Township, AR 72686
10. Little Maumelle River - Little Rock
Swimming is always but don't forget a paddle trip or two this season. The Little Maumelle River is one of our favorite kayak trips for its beauty and surprising pit stop. The river has a floating platform for literal on-the-water camping! You can read all the details
Address: 8803 Ranch Boulevard, Little Rock, AR 72223
11. Buffalo River - St. Joe
The Buffalo National River has dozens of swimming holes (and water activities for that matter) but Woolum might be our favorite. The stunning bluffs and clear waters make this standout spot a must-visit. One good place to begin planning your Buffalo adventure is
this outdoor center
Address: 4699 AR-43 Highway, Ponca, AR 72670
12. Magic Springs Theme and Water Park - Hot Springs
We'll end our trip inspiration with a big splash at Magic Springs. Whether you diligently visit every year or have yet to take the plunge, this water park is a beloved treasure. Ride a roller coaster or drift in the lazy river for a day of summer fun. For more details, visit their
Address: 1701 East Grand Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901
Have we inspired a summer trip or three? What other places would you add to the list? Share your favorite water spots with us in the comments below!
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