1. This is the summer of the Epic Road Trip. There are so many new and neat things to do across the state, and a lot of great things that are still pretty awesome. Tie them together with a roadmap. Over Spring Break, Hunter and I struck out on Arkansas's longest highway... you can catch up with our entire adventure here. Some other suggested highways:
|Visit the boyhood home of Johnny Cash.|
|Explore the Four States Auto Museum at Texarkana.|
2. Swim. Arkansas summers are hot, so finding a way to keep cool is key. Check out some of the fantastic new water parks that have come about in the past year, including Parrot Island in Fort Smith; Crenshaw Springs in White Hall and Holiday Springs in Texarkana. Or enjoy an old standby such as Crystal Falls at Magic Springs in Hot Springs and Wild River Country in North Little Rock. More water parks and pads here.
3. Float. Whether you're an avid kayaker or a weekend float-tripper, you'll find places to bob on the water all over Arkansas. Here's a handy site that shows where to go.
|Hunter trout fishing at Bear Creek Springs.|
5. Mini-golf. No, really. The once cute and relaxing game has returned to sites all over Arkansas. You'll find miniature links in Little Rock at the Big Rock Fun Park, at Pirate's Cove in Hot Springs, Putt-N-Putt in Batesville, Diamond-In-The-Hole in Murfreesboro, T-Rex Jurassic Golf in Hot Springs (it even has an indoor course!), Woodlands Mini Golf at Fairfield Bay, Cabot Mini Golf, Fun City Pizza in Springdale, Safari Falls at FunTrackers Family Park in Hot Springs, a covered course at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs... and many more. Find more Arkansas mini-golf courses here.
|Hunter sculpts terrain at Mid America|
7. Be merry. Have you heard about the Fayetteville Ale Trail? This collection of breweries dotting northwest Arkansas is growing rapidly. Pick up a passport and sample your share... fill that passport with stamps and you'll receive a free bottle opener. The folks at Hogshead Tours will even act as your designated driver with behind-the-scenes tours at several of those such establishments.
8. Satisfy your appetite. A lazy day in summer is a great time to head to Blytheville and sample half a dozen remarkable barbecue restaurants, or to wander Fort Smith for the best bowl of pho. Whether you dig fried chicken or fried pickles or fried pies, you can head out on your own culinary tour of The Natural State.