Arkansas Tourist Attractions for the Whole Family
Fun, Unique, and Interesting Arkansas Vacation Ideas
Best Roadside Attraction: Big Raven StatueLocated in Ravenden, Arkansas, this 12-foot tall town mascot is a fun side trip when it comes to tourist attractions in Arkansas. (This location wins by default because my name is Rayven!) Takes some time out and visit this crazy crow!
Big Raven Statue
Best Crazy Festival: World's Championship Duck Calling ContestIf you're looking for seasonal Arkansas vacation ideas, this contest is held during the Thanksgiving weekend each year. You and your family will enjoy watching (and hearing!) the contestants compete for the title of world champion duck caller. Not to be missed on your RV travel with kids adventure!
World Championship Duck Calling Contest
Best Factory Tour: Mountain Valley Spring WaterBottled from a natural spring in Hot Springs, Arkansas, this company's headquarters have been in existence since 1910. A tour of this factory ranks among great Arkansas vacation ideas because it gives you a bird's eye view of the path this famous mineral water takes from spring to store.
Mountain Valley Spring Water Factory Tour
Best Place to See Animals: Riddle's Elephant And Wildlife SanctuaryThose looking for Arkansas tourist attractions for animal lovers will enjoy touring this 300+-acre sanctuary for displaced elephants.
Though you may not expect to see herds of elephants in Arkansas, this site will pleasantly surprise you.
Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary
Best Place to Get Wet: Natural DamIf you're looking for nature themed Arkansas vacation ideas, visit the natural waterfalls at Natural Dam. Near Van Buren, Arkansas, in the Ozark Mountains, you'll be surprised that this 200-foot wide dam is not man-made. The site also offers picnic tables where you can enjoy your lunch.
Best Place to Eat: McClard's Bar-B-Q RestaurantOn your way to and from Arkansas tourist attractions, stop by this home-style restaurant where you can sample plates of ribs, tamales, slaw, beans, burgers, shakes, pies and more. If you fall in love with the sauce, McClard's sells bottles of their famous sauce to take home.
McClard's has been featured in several books, magazines, websites, and even the Travel Channel's "Top Ten Barbeque Restaurants". This is a must-visit eatery if you are anywhere near Hot Springs, Arkansas. (and really, what trip to Arkansas is complete without a visit to Hot Springs?)
Best Ghost Story: The Old State HouseThis Little Rock attraction is a museum that chronicles many facets of Arkansas history. It is also reported to be haunted by the ghost of John Wilson, Speaker of the House in 1837, who murdered a fellow Representative on the grounds.
The Old State House
Best Adventure: Mystic CavernsNatural caves are some of the most breathtaking Arkansas tourist attractions. You and your family will get to view underground bodies of water, fossils, crystals, cave formations and creatures that only dwell in caves. One visit to the Mystic Caves could transform you and your family into enthusiastic spelunkers.
Best Historical Site: The Arkansas State ParksIf you're looking for historically themed Arkansas vacation ideas, step back in time by touring the many Arkansas State Park locations. From the Ozark Folk Center to the Trail of Tears, historic towns and Civil War battle sites, Arkansas has plenty to appease your inner history buff.
Arkansas State Parks
Best Kept Secret: The Delta Cultural CenterThis Helena, Arkansas, museum chronicles the history of the Arkansas Delta. Arkansas tourist attractions in this city highlight the history of blues music, historic Mississippi River floods and the lives of early Delta settlers. This site is also home to frequent outdoor blues concerts.
The Delta Cultural Center
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