10 Out Of This World Summer Day Trips To Take In Arkansas
By J.B. VanDyke|Updated on June 12, 2023(Originally published June 06, 2023)
J.B. Weisenfels has lived in rural Arkansas for three decades. She is a writer, a mom, and a graduate student. She is also an avid collector of tacky fish whatnots, slightly chipped teapots, and other old things. In her spare time she enjoys driving to the nearest creek to sit a while. If you were to visit her, she'd try to feed you cornbread.
Summertime comes with its own challenges, doesn’t it? It’s hot outside, the days seem endless, and you’re always looking for ways to entertain yourself and your kids during those extended daylight hours. Luckily, I’ve compiled a list of ten of the best day trips in Arkansas that you need to add to your bucket list this summer. You’ll love all these options!
Below the information about these stunning day trips, you’ll find links to articles that will tell you all about these ten delightful Natural State destinations.
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What are some unique things to do around Arkansas?
Some of the most unique things to do around Arkansas include:
Crater of Diamonds State Park is located in Murfreesboro and it's where visitors can dig for rare and precious stones. Once you’re done digging for diamonds, you can cool off at the aquatic playground that is at the park.
Another unique thing to do in Arkansas is to spend the night in a living cave. The Beckham Creek Cave Lodge located near Jasper, offers its guests a 5,800-square-foot one-of-a-kind luxury experience.
Arkansas also has one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the U.S. that is open to the public. You can spend the night at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and listen to the lions caroling from your room.
Some of the best day trips in Arkansas include visiting the charming towns that are filled with lots to do.
Fort Smith located near the Arkansas River, is a favorite town for a day trip. Take a self-guided tour through the historic downtown, take a historic ride on a train trolley, catch a concert at Riverfront Park, visit one of the many museums, and more.
Bentonville has fast become one of the most visited towns for a day trip in Arkansas. Spend the day mountain biking through the parks or visiting the one-of-a-kind museums, or you’ll love Bentonville Square which has some of the best dining in the Ozarks.
Eureka Springs is perhaps the quirkiest town in Arkansas, which makes it a perfect location for a day trip. Enjoy a day of shopping in the unique boutiques, take a cave tour, spend the night in a treehouse or hobbit cave, visit a castle, and more.