Sensational Arkansas Summer

Words: Dwain Hebda and Catherine Frederick
Image: courtesy Arkansas Tourism

May 1, 2022 | Travel

With the school year winding down and summer break right around the corner, many families are looking to get away from it all. Here are a few family-friendly destinations sure to provide plenty to see and do this summer.


One stroll around the picture postcard-perfect town reveals a slice of Americana reformatted for the modern age. Bentonville’s downtown features a farmers’ market, unique shops, great food and even an old-time soda fountain.

Fort Smith

Perhaps you are looking for a staycation? Fort Smith provides plenty of entertainment and attractions for families of all ages. No matter what you’re into, chances are Fort Smith has something that meets your fancy.

Hot Springs National Park

Another spot offering the best amenities of the city and countryside, Hot Springs National Park has been a favorite in-state vacation spot for decades. Enjoy the history, the lake, the trails, and the nightlife!

Little Rock/North Little Rock

No list of family destinations would be complete without mentioning Little Rock and North Little Rock, right in the heart of Arkansas. The two cities provide the perfect setting for any family getaway with surprises around every corner.

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests/Blanchard Springs

If your idea of a good time is out in nature, look no farther than the Northeast Arkansas stretch of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest. The Ozarks are ripe with adventure, from floating to hiking, to camping and swimming, it’s all here!

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