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Things to do in Arkansas

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Arkansas. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Arkansas attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Arkansas to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Arkansas.

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  • Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

    There are 12 themed gardens and a butterfly house on these landscaped grounds where four seasons of native flora and fauna thrive. Check the calend... More
  • Crater of Diamonds State Park

    At the Crater of Diamonds State Park in southwest Arkansas, visitors are free to dig and sift for diamonds blasted to the surface eons ago via a ra... More
  • Crystal Bridges

    As most of the great western art museums focus on European art—and rightfully so—American works often gets lost in the mix. Perhaps that’s what’s m... More
  • Downtown Farmers’ Market

    Streets are blocked off on Saturdays for the 150-stall Farmers’ Market, selling everything from artisanal cheeses and jams to watercolors and beesw... More
  • Ellison Poe

    Excited about: For the ultimate culture fix, head to the Festival of the Tooth, in Kandy, Sri Lanka, a celebration in July that commences with the ... More
  • Fordyce Bathhouse

    The Fordyce Bathhouse, a 1915 spa, now serves as a museum, complete with a restored marble lobby, gymnasium, and even the original billiards parlor... More
  • Fred Poe

    Insider Clout: Poe’s reach in Turkey is evinced by his many years on this list—and the full-service office he maintains in Istanbul—but his latest ... More
  • Museum of Discovery

    Get motivated about technology, science, and math at this interactive museum with exhibits like Earth Journeys, which explores Arkansas’ geological... More
  • Mustache Goods and Wares

    If you jumped on the mustache craze, this is the store for you: Everything from tees and onesies to pacifiers and purses are printed with stylish s... More
  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways

  • Quapaw Bath & Spas

    The recently reopened Quapaw Baths & Spa, a 1922 Spanish-colonial mansion with a mosaic-tiled central dome and seven private soaking rooms, gives t... More
  • William J. Clinton Presidential Library

    The life and legacy of our 42nd president is on full display at his dedicated museum and library. Head to the second floor for permanent exhibits o... More

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