A Guide to Arkansas Vacations

Arkansas Vacations are full of fun outdoor and indoor activities.

A not so well-known fact about Arkansas is that Arkansas was the first place in the United States that diamonds were found. Like those precious gems, Arkansas is a beautiful diamond of lush scenery. Noted for its mountains, valleys, hills, and forests.

Many state parks are set aside in Arkansas for those individuals who wish to relish the natural beauty of the state.


Cosmic Cavern is one of Arkansas’ hidden treasures. Cosmic Cavern is a smaller cave that features two underground lakes. Guided tours, including an after-hours wild cave tour, provide informative fun as you traverse the cave. Many colorless, blind trout can be found in the lakes, whose bottoms have yet to be found.

Bull Shoals

White River State Park is located in North Central Arkansas and lies among majestic mountains and follows the river to where it meets the Bulls Shoals Lake. Bull Shoals-White River State Park offers visitors camping, a trout aquarium and access to Bull Shoals Lake for fishing, boating and swimming.


Looking for something unique on your family Arkansas vacations then visit eureka and Quigley’s Castle, which features a structure made of mineral, shells, and rocks collected by Elise Quigley. The house has live trees growing into the second story thanks to holes cut in the floor. A large butterfly and arrowhead collection can also be found here. Surrounding the house is a perennial garden with 400 species of flowers.

Fort Smith

The Fort Smith Historic Site pays tribute to the first military post in Arkansas and was once a 1800s site of a rugged frontier town. Here you can tour buildings including ( 2) jails, the famous Judge Parker courtroom, storeroom and several exhibits. Spend the day and enjoy a picnic by the river or walk to the point and see the first Fort Smith.


Home of President Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, the presidential attractions is a must-see on one of your Arkansas vacations. One can visit the Bill Clinton birthplace, home and museum.

Marble Falls

For underground fun visit the Mystic Caverns. The Mystic Caverns is actually two caves, the Mystic Cavern and the Crystal Dome Cavern. With large formations and guided tours this will be a once in a life time caving adventure.


Want to do a little diamond mining? At Crater of Diamonds State Park you and the family can rent equipment and mine for semi-precious stones. Since 1906, 70,000 diamonds have been dug up here. In a typical year 600 diamonds are found and best of all visitors are allowed to keep what they find.

Star City

Cane Creek State Park, is located in the Mississippi Delta region of Southeast Arkansas. . Abundant wildlife, fish, and beautiful scenery will keep you in awe. Fishing, hiking, paddle boating, and camping will keep everyone busy. Kayaking, birding, and staff-guided programs are also available.


For enthralling white-water rafting, look no further than Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area. Depending on the water level, different classes of rafting are available. One spectacular sight is the Cossatot Falls. White-water rafting is not all that is offered. A 15,000 square foot visitor’s center features exhibits, wildlife viewing area, park, and gift shop. Swimming, fishing, and floating are some more activities available at Cossalot State Park.

From politics to history to nature, Arkansas has it all. Planning multiple Arkansas vacations is one step no one could regret!

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