Awesome outdoor adventures on an Arkansas family vacation

13th September 2021

Start planning an Arkansas family vacation with outdoor adventure in the mix and you quickly realize why Arkansas is known as ‘The Natural State’.

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Home to the Ozark Mountains and Buffalo National River, as well as 52 State Parks, two National Forests and several vast lakes, Arkansas just begs you to get outdoors and go exploring. There are accessible adventures statewide to excite energetic families and something-for-everyone seems to be the Arkansas motto when it comes to keeping kids happy. But with so much to see and do and so many fun activities to choose from, where do you begin? We asked the experts at Arkansas Tourism what their top recommendations are for an outdoorsy Arkansas family vacation. Here’s what they said:

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Kids love outdoor adventures all over Arkansas

Arkansas knows no limits when it comes to outdoor family adventures. Bordered to the east by the mighty Mississippi, it’s also where you’ll find country’s first National River. There are National Parks and the State Park line-up even includes one where kids can mine for real diamonds – another ‘only in Arkansas’ adventure to add to the list. Accessible forests here are vast. Activity packed lakes range from huge to enormous. And whether you’re hiking historic trails or spotting eagles in winter, wherever you adventure in Arkansas you’ll find friendly locals who know what to see and do year-round and are only too happy to share their experience.

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Just add water for a fun-filled Arkansas family vacation

Arkansas might be landlocked but there’s water for playing on all over the place, and more than 90,000 miles of rivers and streams, plus over 600,000 acres of lakes, go a long way to earning Arkansas its title of ‘The Natural State’. If fishing is your passion, you can try anything from fly-fishing in the Ozarks to angling on central Arkansas’ loveliest lakes. Sailing isn’t an elitist sport here, it’s affordable for everyone, whether you want to kayak with your kids on the Illinois River or go yachting on enormous Lake Maumelle. You can even spend an entire Arkansas family vacation on the water: houseboat rentals on Lake Ouachita are a huge hit with kids of all ages.

Where to go in Arkansas for floating, boating, fishing and watersports

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Mountain Biking is year-round amazing on an Arkansas family vacation

With its mild year-round climate and vast acres of thrillingly wild terrain, you might not be surprised to learn that Arkansas is fast becoming the go-to state for mountain biking. A prime destination for serious riders, it’s just as much fun for beginners and finding trails to fit any size or style of Arkansas family vacation couldn’t be easier: you can even add mountain biking to a city adventure in Little Rock.

Where to go mountain biking with kids in Arkansas

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Where to stay on your Arkansas family vacation

The choice of family lodging in Arkansas is as wide as the range of things to do and see on vacation here with kids. Take your pick from historic hotels in downtown Little Rock to luxury resorts in the Ozark Mountains. The Natural State lives up to its name with an extraordinary variety of RV parks and campgrounds, many are set in Arkansas’s State Parks, and almost all are surrounded by spectacular scenery. And if you’re looking for something unusual, why not think about family-friendly dude ranches, cozy cottages and cabins, lakeside lodges and houseboats or even treehouses?

Find out more about lodging for your Arkansas family vacation

Ready for an Arkansas family vacation? Head to Arkansas Tourism for everything you need to help plan your active family adventure in The Natural State.

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