Arkansas is a southern U.S. state bordering the Mississippi River. It’s known for its abundant park and wilderness areas, with terrain encompassing mountains, caves, rivers, and hot springs.
1. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a museum of American art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The museum was founded by Alice Walton and designed by “Moshe Safdie”. The museum also has an exquisite library containing more than 50,000 volumes of art references. It was officially opened on 11 November 2011. Crystal Bridges also features a gathering space that can accommodate up to 300 people. Additionally, there are outdoor areas for concerts and public events, as well as extensive nature trails.
2. Garvan Woodland Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens is a 210-acre (85 ha) botanical garden and woodland garden located at 550 Arkridge Road, approximately 6 miles from Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States. It is situated on a woodland peninsula with 4.5 miles (7 km) of shoreline on Lake Hamilton. Its collections display hundreds of rare shrubs and trees, including camellias, magnolias, roses, and more than 160 different types of azaleas. Garvan Woodland Gardens features rocky inclines reminiscent of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains, floral landscapes, streams, and waterfalls in a natural woodland setting.
3. William J. Clinton Library & Museum
The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library of Bill Clinton, who served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. It is located in Little Rock, Arkansas, and includes the Clinton Presidential Library, the offices of the Clinton Foundation, and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The museum houses artifacts and documents concerning the life and history of President Clinton. Additionally, the museum hopes to tell the story of the former president through observable relics related to his campaign, inauguration, and presidency.
4. Hot Springs Mountain Tower
Hot Springs Mountain Tower is a 65.8 meter (216-foot) high observation tower built of lattice steel on Hot Springs Mountain at Hot Springs, Arkansas. In 1982, the construction of the Hot Springs Mountain Tower started and it was officially opened to the public on 3 June 1983. The tower’s elevator lifts you 216 feet into the sky to the tower’s observation deck. You get the opportunity to enjoy the incredible views of Hot Springs Mountain, Ouachita Mountains, and the Diamond Lakes area.
5. Magic Springs Water & Theme Park
Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, known as Magic Springs, is an amusement park and water park located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Magic Springs Theme and Water Park are owned by EPR Properties and operated by Premier Parks, LLC. The theme park has tons of fun thrill rides, family rides, and kid’s rides. In addition to all of the thrilling rides at Magic Springs, the park also hosts concerts throughout the week. The park also offers a variety of skill games and food options.