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Free activities in Arkansas

There’s always something to see and do in the great state of Arkansas. Find something that will pique every family member’s interest while also keeping your wallet happy with these free activities.

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Little Rock Central High School

Visit the historic and internationally known Little Rock Central High School, home of the famous Little Rock Nine. At the visitor center you’ll see exhibits on the 1957 desegregation crisis and learn how the Little Rock Nine impacted the American civil rights movement. After taking a walk around the high school and surrounding neighborhood, be sure to take a reflective stroll through the commemorative garden.

Address: 2120 Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202

Phone: 501-374-1957



Walmart Visitor Center

Ever wonder about the man behind the Walmart phenomenon? Find out how it all began at the Walmart Visitor Center in Bentonville, Arkansas. Visit Walton’s 5 & 10, where the shelves are lined with retro toys and candies, all available for purchase. Then visit the exhibit gallery and take a seat in the Sam Walton Theatre, where a short film details Sam Walton’s life. Throughout the gallery are artifacts, memorabilia, photographs and interactive exhibits that tell the story of Walmart from its humble beginnings to present day.

Address: 105 N. Main St., Bentonville, AR 72712

Phone: 479-273-1329



Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The local history of the Northwest Ozarks from the region’s past, present and future is displayed at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Learn about Native American history, the first families and folk life through hands-on activities, videos, music and other exhibits. Allow the stunning photo collection to tell the story of this Arkansas region and its inhabitants. Touring the historic buildings is another way to be transported to the early history of the Ozarks.

Address: 118 W. Johnson Ave., Springdale, AR 72764

Phone: 479-750-8165


Old State House Museum

Visit the Old State House Museum and learn the exciting and varied history of the state of Arkansas and the history of the Old State House building itself. Exhibits range from Arkansas’ political history to the special role women have played in the state’s history to culture and more. See the state in different eras through time period displays. African-American quilts, gowns of the first ladies and Civil War battle flags are also showcased.

Address: 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501-324-9685


Arkansas Art Center

Garner a greater appreciation for the arts at the Arkansas Art Center, a museum celebrating the visual and performing arts. Permanent exhibitions include art installations from well-known historical and contemporary artists and contemporary crafts like baskets, glasswork, ceramics, metalwork and jewelry. Temporary exhibits highlight other works of art from different cultures and countries around the world.

Address: 501 E. 9th St., Little Rock, AR 72202

Phone: 501-372-4000



MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

Inside the Tower Building of the Little Rock Arsenal you’ll find the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Named in honor of General Douglas MacArthur, who is said to have been born in the building, this museum details Arkansas’ military history. History comes alive in this historic building. Artifacts, weapons, documents and military paraphernalia tell the story of the state’s involvement in military affairs at home and abroad.

Address: 503 E. 9th St., Little Rock, AR 72202

Phone: 501-376-4602


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