With gas prices so high and Spring Break just around the corner, most families are thinking of budget friendly, in-state ideas to keep children busy and entertained.
The greatest thing about the state of Arkansas is their abundance of national parks. There are so many great programs hosted at most of these national parks that are available for families and children to participate in, that it seems like an untapped resource that money conscience families should explore.
Travel the Natural State and head over to Crater of Diamonds State Park to Diamond Dig, pitch a tent and make it a comfortable day for the family to enjoy.
Go underground and tour the Blanchard Springs Caverns or stay above ground and camp, hike or swim at Ozark National Forest in Mountain View, Arkansas.
DeGray Lake Resort in Arkadelphia is a great place to fish, golf, snorkel and have fun. During the week of Spring Break, programs such as Edible Insects, Meet a Gator and Backyard Babies are being offered for the public to enjoy.
If you live in the Little Rock area, check out Pinnacle Mountain. Located minutes from downtown this great park has dozens of trails for hiking, a redesigned playground for family fun, fields for a friendly game of football or soccer, not to mention the countless programs that are available. This is a perfect national park to take wilderness survival classes, learn Dutch Oven cooking tips and a great venue to introduce your children to the outdoors. Sign your child up for their Mini Camp Day and let them test out whether a week of summer camp hosted by this fabulous park is for them. Reservations and advanced payment are required.
If you are not an outdoorsy type, there are many things to see and do if an Arkansas Staycation is preferable. Hot Springs offers a variety of places for family fun. Check out the Alligator Farm, Botanical Gardens, or Mid America Science Museum or travel to the Capital Region and enjoy the newly renovated The Discovery Museum,Little Rock Zoo or simply take a walk near the downtown River Market.
Head up north and take a trip back into time when you visit majestic Eureka Springs. Stay at the T.A.P.S. verified haunted Crescent Hotel & Spa, take a walking tour of this beautiful Victorian town or attend the number one outdoor drama in America when you watch the Passion Play.
Whatever you decide to do during Spring Break, do it on a budget, get the family involved and explore the great state of Arkansas!
Other BUDGET FRIENDLY Spring Break activities:
- Grab a blanket, make a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park
- Set up a tent and go camping in your backyard
- Check out all the creative and free promotions that sites like Vistaprint offer
- Head over to your local library and see what reading programs are offered
- Begin your garden
- Visit Independently owned businesses like Pottery Worx and Argenta Bead Company to bring out your creative side
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