Arkansas Top 10 Attractions

Have you been feeling bored and restless at work? Why not do something fun and spontaneous by packing your bags and heading to an exciting new place you have never been to before? One of the most visited places in the country is the gorgeous state of Arkansas. You, your family and your friends will have a lot of things to see and do here. If you are currently thinking of making Arkansas your next travel destination, here are the top 10 attractions that you should visit.

1: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Photo Courtesy: Kevin Dooley

If you are looking for an attraction that offers culture and access to some excellent artwork displays, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a great choice. The museum is set in stunning grounds, so you can also enjoy the opportunity to take in the natural beauty of the area as well as the various exhibitions. The museum provides access to permanent exhibits as well as temporary ones. The permanent collection contains artwork that goes back up to five centuries so lovers of arts and culture are in for a real treat when visiting this attraction.

Address: 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712

2: Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Joe Shlabotnik

Nicknamed "The American Spa", the Hot Springs National Park attracts thousands of tourists every year. Stroll through the eight bath houses along the Grand Promenade then hike through some of the park's 26 miles of trails. Drive through scenic roads and have a lovely picnic by the Gulpha Creek. Most importantly, don't forget to have a wonderful, warm, and relaxing traditional bath at the Buckstaff Bath House.

Address: Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, AR 71901
Website: www.nps.gov

3: Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park

Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park

Craving for some thrill, action and adventure? Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park has it all for you. Enjoy some of the most breathtaking thrill rides like the Arkansas Twister, Plummet Summit and the Sky Shark. If you are visiting the park with your kids, check out some family-friendly rides like the Rum Runner Pirate Ship, Razorback Roundup Bumper Cars and the Diamond Mine Coaster. You can also spend a few hours at the water park where you can splash your way through thrilling slides, exciting wave pools, and relaxing lagoons.

Address: 1701 E Grand Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

4: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
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Recognized for its pivotal role in the desegregation of public schools in the country, Little Rock Central High School was named a National Historic Site in the recent years and currently attracts hundreds of visitors every year. Here you can explore interactive exhibits and you can walk through the galleries while listening to audio-visual guides to learn more about the site's history.

Address: 1500 Park Street, Little Rock, AR 72202
Website: www.nps.gov

5: Little Rock Zoo

Little Rock Zoo

Little Rock Zoo is the perfect place to bring your little ones so that they can interact, explore, discover and learn all about the animal kingdom. The zoo serves as a hands-on classroom where learning about animals is fun and interactive. You can enroll your children in the Zoofari Camp where they can learn about animals through enjoyable activities, crafts and games.

Address: 1 Zoo Dr, Little Rock, AR 72205

6: Clinton Presidential Center

Clinton Presidential Center
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Ed Schipul

For a really diverse, fascinating and educational day out, a visit to the Clinton Presidential Center is a must. There are plenty to see and do here, as you take in the many sights, attractions and facilities on this seventeen acre site. You will be able to browse a range of educational exhibits and take tours, experience the inside of the Oval Office and take a seat at the Resolute Desk, pay a visit to the Clinton Museum Store, and enjoy lunch at the onsite restaurant amongst other things. The center also offers a variety of educational programs with various camps and activities for different ages.

Address: 1200 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201

7: Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel
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Towering at forty-eight feet, Thorncrown Chapel enjoys a wonderful setting tucked away in woodland. This is an architectural masterpiece, which opened in 1980. Its unique design and beauty have resulted in the chapel being awarded a variety of architectural awards. It is a building that is both inspirational and spectacular in terms of its design, with millions of people having visited since it opened. Those who want to pay a visit to this eye-catching religious structure will find that there is plenty of parking available. Better still, there is no admission fee but donations are gratefully received.

Address: 12968 U.S. 62, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

8: Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Arkansas Air & Military Museum
Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia/Michael Barera

The Arkansas Air & Military Museum is home to vintage aircrafts ranging from the golden era of aviation to the jet era. The exhibits in the museum displays variety of military vehicles, aircraft, and artifacts. Some of the aircrafts in the museum are the country's only surviving varieties of aircraft that belong to the golden era of aviation as well as World War I. This museum is definitely worth the visit if you are any kind of history or aircraft buff.

Address: 4290 S School Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701

9: Crater of Diamonds State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park
Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia/Doug Wertman

Known as the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public, the Crater of Diamonds State Park provides you with a unique experience that you will never forget. Hunt through more than 37 and a half acres of plowed field which is the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater. If you are lucky, you might chance upon diamonds and some semi-precious stones that were brought about by the eruption of a volcano some 100 million years ago.

Address: 209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, AR 71958

10: Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Explore the gorgeous flora of Arkansas right here at the Garvan Woodland Gardens. Stroll through rows and rows of beautiful gardens such as the Ellen Edmondson Great Lawn, the Hixson Family Nature Preserve, and the Dierks Promenade. Learn how to conserve the environment at the Bonsai Garden and Learning Center. Take lots of pictures, make tons of memories, and have fantastic stay at the Gardens.

Address: 550 Arkridge Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913

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