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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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