Central Arkansas may not have any big festivals on Memorial Day weekend, but there are still plenty of things you can arrange to do with your family and friends.
Memorial Day weekend is when most of the splash pads and water zones, pools and water parks open in Arkansas. In particular, Wild River Country in North Little Rock opens on Friday, and Magic Springs begins daily operation (including Crystal Springs Water Park) the weekend before. Check out these 15 Incredible Arkansas Swimming Holes, or head over to the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism site to view a comperehensive list of places where you can dive in all over the state.
Think it's going to be hot? Weave your plans around a venture to one of Arkansas's magnificent show caves. Located throughout the Ozarks, these accessible subterranean caverns offer wonder - and cool temperatures - for those willing to venture undergound.
Like pie? You know I do! Eat your way across Arkansas's lush River Valley with this handy guide for the Arkansas River Valley Pie Trail, which will take you from Conway to Fort Smith and all slices in-between.
Rather enjoy your sweet stuff closer to home? Center your ventures around some of our state's best ice cream treats. Use this comprehensive list to get you started - and don't get brain-freeze.
How about something healthier? Head out and pick strawberries and blueberries at a number of different pick-your-own operations around central Arkansas. Here's a link.
Memorial Day itself is meant to honor those who have died in service to our country. There are many places you can learn about our military in central Arkansas - including the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, the MacArthur Museum of Military History and the Jacksonville Museum of Military History.
Oh, how are you doing on your Bucket List? Go look at the 2017 Arkansas Bucket List and make sure you're on your way to crossing out everything there is to do (and if you missed out before, here are the Bucket Lists for 2016 and 2015 as well).
If you're in the mood to hit the road but don't want to go far, consider these 10 Day Trips from Little Rock. Want to go further? Consider four nights on the Bandit Gambit (US Highway 82), five or six nights on Scenic Arkansas Highway Seven, seven nights on Arkansas's western border driving US Highway 71 or a week worth of adventure along Arkansas's Great River Road. Of course, you don't have to tackle ALL of those routes - but you could, if you get a little extra time off.
No matter what you choose to do, there's no sense in letting yourelf get bored. Enjoy this three-day weekend and welcome summer in Arkansas.