You don’t need to head to the beach to have a fun spring break experience. There’s plenty to do right here in the Natural State. Whether you’re adventurous or more low-key, there’s a fun activity for every family in Arkansas.
7 Fun Family Outings for Spring Break in Arkansas
1. Crowley’s Ridge Scenic Byway
Hop in the car and explore one of the most beautiful highways in the state. Although it’s located in the Arkansas Delta, Crowley’s Ridge rises as much as 200 feet above the otherwise flat terrain and is completely surrounded by the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, the nation’s largest. Driving along the highway, you’ll encounter forests, farmland, orchards, and plenty of opportunities for recreation. One of my favorite stretches is the drive through St. Francis National Forest, a beautiful example of diversity among plants and animals.
2. Canoeing on the Caddo River
The Caddo is often described as one of the best “family outing” streams in the state. The best time to canoe the river is March through June, so this is a great Spring Break option, especially if everyone is starting to feel cooped up. The most popular canoe trip is the six-mile stretch from Caddo Gap to Glenwood. You’ll see rock gardens and at the “gap” —about half of a mile into the trip—you’ll find something unexpected, hot springs bubbling up into the stream!
3. Zip Lining in the Ozarks
Do you have an adventurous spirit? You’ll love the two-hour zip lining experience with the Buffalo River Canopy Tour at the Buffalo Outdoor Center. You’ll zip from tree to tree with a break on the platforms that were built so that you could take in the beautiful scenery. Your guide will introduce you to the bird, plant, and animal life among the forest canopy.
4. Bar-J Guest Ranch
A stay at Bar-J Guest Ranch in El Dorado is sure to be a fun experience for the whole family! The motto at Bar-J is “Come and do what we do.” You won’t be a mere observer. Whether it’s trail riding, fishing, or relaxing around the campfire, there’s something for everyone to get involved in.
You can rent a cabin for an overnight stay. Especially kid-friendly, Bar-J has wranglers who will host and watch over the kids during activities while parents take a load off. The ranch is even complete with amusement rides, such as a zipline and railroad ride.
5. Archaeology for Everyone
Except for working in the garden, I can’t imagine digging being more rewarding! Parkin Archaeological State Park hosts “Archaeology for Everyone.” You’ll take part in a mock excavation, clean real artifacts, and learn what archaeologists do with them afterward. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day out of it!
6. Munchin’ on Main Street
You’re not going to want to miss this one-day festival in Morrilton on March 25, 2018! Food trucks, local vendors, and musicians will take over the historic downtown for a day of family fun. From BBQ to Hibachi, there are food options that everyone in the family can appreciate. You’ll want to load up at your favorite food truck because they are all in the running for the first-ever “Food Truck Face-Off.” The truck that makes the most sales will be declared the city’s favorite!
Walk off those indulgences with some shopping. Local businesses and craftspeople will be on site with books, clothing and accessories, woodworking goods, beauty products, and more! Cap off the day by sticking around for live music from Maximum Overdrive and Matt Stell.
7. Twilight Hayride at Pinnacle Mountain
See Pinnacle Mountain like you never have before! On March 23, 2018, you and the family can take a hayride through the fields and woods of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. You’ll take in views of the mountain that aren’t available anywhere else in the park. End your ride enjoying treats and each other’s company around the campfire. Make sure to register so that you don’t miss out on this night of fun!