Summer is almost upon us, and that means we’ll all be looking for ways to beat the heat, with many of us also looking for ways to entertain the kids. After all, we can only stand to hear “I’m bored” so many times. The best solution for both of these summertime problems is obvious: Pack up the sunscreen and drive to some of the best water parks in Arkansas. With Arkansas water park destinations spread all the way across the state, you’ll easily find a great way to spend those long summer days.

Have you been to any of these water parks in Arkansas? Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

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Arkansas Outdoors

What are the best family-friendly hikes in Arkansas?

Now that you have learned about the best water parks in Arkansas, how about exploring more with the family? Check out these family-friendly hikes in Arkansas:

  • Blanchard Spring Trail: Located in Mountain View, this .2 out-and-back trail will take you to see a beautiful waterfall. While you are in the area, check out the other opportunities for hiking as well as biking and fishing.
  • Bench Trail: You’ll find this four-mile trail in Mount Nebo State Park. It actually takes you around the entire mountain. Along the way, you’ll have spectacular views of the surrounding area as well as see ruins and Fern Lake.
  • Lost Valley: Despite its length (only 2.3 miles), you’ll see a lot along this trail in Newton County. You’ll follow the path along the creek and end at not only a waterfall but also a cave!
  • Pam’s Grotto: Head to Hagarville for this .8 out-and-back trail. Although there are some spots that get a little steep, it’s fit for all and features a beautiful waterfall.


What are the best waterfalls in Arkansas?

Water parks in Arkansas are great, but what about waterfalls? Head out to some of these waterfalls in Arkansas

  • High Bank Twin Falls: Located in Pettigrew in the Ozark National Forest, you can reach this 70-foot-high waterfall via a .4 out-and-back trail.
  • Natural Dam Falls: Another spot in the Ozark National Forest is the eight-foot-tall Natural Dam Falls (or Little Niagara Falls). And it doesn’t even require a hike!


What are the best beaches in Arkansas?

Spend the day swimming and sunbathing at the best beaches in Arkansas:

  • Lake Charles Beach: This beach is located in the 140-acre park of the same name in Powhatan. If you want to get a little more active while here, you can rent a kayak or pedal boat or take one of four hiking trails.
  • Lake Catherine Beach: This beach is located in Lake Catherine State Park in Hot Springs. Enjoy all the beach has to offer as well as opportunities for boating or fishing. You can also horseback ride here or take a hike. I highly recommend Falls Creek Falls!
  • DeGray Lake Resort State Park Beach: Swim, kayak, and snorkel to your heart’s content at this park beach in Bismarck. You can also stay the night (at the resort or camp), hike, bike, and more here.