As the holidays approach, you might start feeling like your wallet’s getting a little light on cash. No worries; these 10 things in Arkansas are completely, totally free!
1. Check in on your state legislators.
Tour the Arkansas State Capitol and learn about Arkansas state government and its history. The capitol building was completed in 1915 at a cost of around $2.3 million. Take the free guided tour available weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (500 Woodlane Street, Little Rock)
2. Get all artsy.
Admission at the Arkansas Arts Center is free! Browse through hundreds of works of art - from sculptures to paintings and more. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (9th and Commerce, Little Rock)
3. Tour the Pillow Thompson House
This beautiful, historic Queen Anne-style home was built in 1896 by Jerome B. Pillow, and you can tour it today. Stop by Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (718 Perry Street, Helena)
4. Stroll along the riverfront.
Take a stroll along the Arkansas River at Riverfront Park. You'll see outdoor art installations along the way, as well as a children's playground and historic markers. (1 Riverfront Drive, Little Rock)
5. Get the blues at the Delta Cultural Center.
Arkansas has a rich heritage of blues and gospel music, Civil War history and the Delta. Explore it all in this restored depot that now serves as the Delta Cultural Center. (141 Cherry Street, Helena)
6. Imagine what it was like to live in Arkansas in the mid-1800s.
Visit Rapps Barren Settlement to see historic cabins, a shotgun-style home and a school. They're located at Cooper Park 1101 Spring Street, Mountain Home.
7. Explore the rich history of Calico Rock.
Step back in time at the Calico Rock Museum and Visitor Center, which features displays and exhibits that cover everything from prehistoric time up to 1967. (104 Main Street, Calico Rock)
8. Take a scenic drive.
The Talimena National Scenic Drive winds 54 miles through the Ouachita National Forest and takes you all the way into Oklahoma. The views along the way? Simply stunning. The route starts on U.S. 71 in Mena.
9. Visit a war hero.
Wander through the one-acre Herman Davis State Park, where you'll see the statue in tribute to this young private, who served as a scout and sharpshooter during World War I. Private Davis received the Distinguished Service Cross, Croix de Guere, and Medaille Militaire awards for his service. Corner of Arkansas 18 and Baltimore Street, Manila.
10. Gain an appreciation for outdoor art.
Wander past 70 outdoor sculptures at the Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden. These sculptures are worth over $2 million - and you get to see them for free! Located north of the Little Rock Marriott Hotel.
With the holidays right around the corner, you might feel a little strapped for cash…but there are still plenty of fun things to do in Arkansas for free.
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