Discover one-of-a-kind attractions in Arkansas. There is much to see and do. Add these unique places to your travel plans.
Located in Bentonville, the Scott Family Amazeum is the dream of a community – a place to educate people in the best ways possible and to engage entire families in exploration, learning and fun. Exhibits cover a range of areas like science, art, history, nature and weather and encourage active participation – whether it’s in the art studio, on the Canopy Climber, in the Cloud Theater or in other interactive play spaces.
ARKANSAS WINE COUNTRY
Dating back to 1880s, Arkansas’s wine-producing history can be traced back to two European families who immigrated here – the Posts and the Wiederkehrs. The conditions of the Arkansas River Valley region with its mild climate and fertile soil were reminiscent of winemaking parts of Germany and Switzerland, and both families established vineyards here. Today, fourth and fifth generations carry on the legacy, making Arkansas the largest and oldest wine-producing state in the South. Located off I-40 northwest of Little Rock, the towns of Altus, Paris and Wiederkehr Village comprise Arkansas Wine Country. Tours and tastings are available at each vineyard and winery.
BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER
Named by USA Today as one of the “10 National Park Experiences of a Lifetime,” the Buffalo National River is an Arkansas treasure. Beginning in the Boston Mountains, the beloved Buffalo flows for 150 miles before it joins the White River at Buffalo City. With its massive towering bluffs, waterfalls, wildlife and scenic beauty that surrounds, it was designated as America’s first national river in 1972 in an effort to protect it for generations to come. This year, the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, so it’s as good of a time as any to plan your family float trip. There are several outfitters located all along the river. An Arkansas favorite, Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca also celebrates a milestone this year: 40 years in operation. Join the festivities at Poncafest on July 30.
CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
America’s 12th presidential library, the Clinton Center is located on the banks of the Arkansas River in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock. The library contains the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in U.S. history and includes an authentic replica of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. The center also hosts nationally and internationally known speakers, exhibits from around the world and special events throughout the year.
CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
An Arkansas masterpiece, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is a premier art institution. The museum houses a permanent collection of American masterworks, as well as temporary exhibits from national museums. Also on-site are meeting rooms, classroom spaces, a library, museum store, café and great hall for special events. Located on 120 acres, the grounds of the museum include gardens, ponds, an overlook and the Crystal Bridges Trail, which links to downtown Bentonville. Also on-site is the Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House.
HISTORIC DYESS COLONY: JOHNNY CASH BOYHOOD HOME
During the Roosevelt Administration, Dyess Colony in Mississippi County was created as an experiment in American socialism. In 1935, Ray Cash brought his family to Dyess, and with no money down, the Cash family was given 20 acres of fertile bottomland and a five-room house. Now owned by ASU, the house has been completely restored and stands as a museum filled with exhibits on the colony and the impact life in Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music.
LITTLE ROCK ZOO
Home to more than 750 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, the Little Rock Zoo’s most popular exhibits include Cheetah Outpost, Penguin Pointe and Lorikeet Landing. Events such as breakfast with the animals take place monthly. Special events include Wild Wines on April 30 and Cheetah Chase on June 4.
The state’s only water and theme park, Magic Springs in Hot Springs is a longtime family favorite for thrill rides, roller coasters, water slides, splash pads, a lazy river and a surf simulator. In the summer months, summer concerts take place at the Timberwood Amphitheater. Hot tickets include Cheap Trick on June 25, Dwight Yoakam on July 30 and Blues Traveler on August 13.
SCENIC HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS
With sunshine in the forecast, there is no better time to plan a scenic drive or motorcycling ride in Arkansas. Some of the most popular drives include Arkansas Scenic 7, which twists and turns through the Ozarks and Ouachitas making it a thrilling motorcycle route, Arkansas Highway 23/Pig Trail Scenic Byway and Arkansas 309/Mount Magazine Scenic Byway, which ascends the state’s highest peak at 2,753 feet. Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Great River Road National Scenic Byway traverse the Arkansas Delta.