There are so many fun places for kids in Arkansas that will help you make memories for a lifetime! Arkansas is full of great places to visit and friendly people. You could just say we’re a kid-friendly state!
As an Arkansas native, I love exploring places in this beautiful state to explore with my kids. Whether it’s adventurous off the beaten path or exploring new towns, Arkansas has something for everyone.
Really Fun Places for Kids in Arkansas
I’ve rounded up a list of my favorite places for kids in Arkansas that are tried and true by the locals.
Fort Smith Trolley Museum
My kids love trolleys. It could have something to do with their love of Daniel Tiger. Ok, I know it has something to do with their love of Daniel Tiger!
A visit to the Fort Smith Trolley Museum brings their trolley dreams to life! While you’re there, be sure to take a ride on one of the trolleys.
A bonus is that the Fort Smith Trolley Museum is a “working museum” so you can to see everyone in action as they restore the trolleys and keep them in excellent running order.
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Mid-America Science Museum
I have preached my love of the Mid-America Science Museum so many times on this site that it’s just becoming ridiculous. But, honestly, you don’t want to miss it!
It’s so much fun for kids and adults. I could spend hours there having fun all by myself!
The kids in your life will love it too. I promise.
Don’t let the word “museum” scare you. It’s not like that at all!
See my FULL REVIEW of the Mid-America Science Museum and be convinced that you need to load up in your minivan and head on over there right now!
Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo
Baby alligators, miniature goats, wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, raccoons, and more; the Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo in Hot Springs has it all!
You’ll be there for hours and your kids will be worn out when you leave. You can thank me later.
Be sure to check it off your EPIC Arkansas Bucket List too!
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Bike ride on the Ouita Coal Company Trail
Arkansas is full of beautiful trails to explore. No matter the season, our outdoors are fun here!
If your kids love to ride their bikes, take them for a ride on the Ouita Coal Company Trail.
“Sandwiched between the influx of the Illinois Bayou into Lake Dardanelle and Interstate 40, Ouita Coal Company Trail (OCCT) has been hailed as a favorite among off-road cyclists in the Natural State. The bike trail is accessed from Illinois Bayou Park by a paved .8 mile Wildlife Observation Trail that leads back to the dirt trail head. The OCCT features close to eight miles of diverse terrain including shale mounds and challenging climbs.” –source
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Go Bowling at Allfam Bowling Center
I’m a great bowler. I mean, I don’t have good form at all, but I can lob a bowling ball very well. I just walk up to the line and “let ‘er rip!”
Allfam Bowling Center is a favorite in Cabot among the locals. Don’t miss the Mountain Fries at the Kingpin Sports Grill!
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Eat at the Shake Shack in West Memphis
Y’all. This place is iconic!
The Shake Shack in West Memphis has been family owned and operated for 50 years. It’s a fun place to take your kids and grab some delicious food!
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Fun Places for Kids in Arkansas
There are so many fun places for kids in Arkansas. Don’t miss the beautiful state parks while you’re here too!