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Thrilling Arkansas Rides, Theme Parks, and Extreme Sports
Unleash your adventurous spirit in Arkansas. Awe-inspiring natural scenery is the ultimate backdrop for rides and thrills on land, on water, and in the air. Go off the beaten path on wild cave explorations and zoom across the forest canopy on a zip line. Bounce through whitewater rapids on a raft or kayak. Stimulate all of your senses on a mile-high roller coaster, and indulge your need for speed on a twisting waterslide. Free your spirit on mountain trails. Create moments to savor – and to remember forever – when you uncover the exciting side of Arkansas.
Top Attractions in Arkansas
Magic Springs Theme & Water Park
Daredevils will love the massive roller coasters and major thrill rides at Arkansas’ only amusement park. This Hot Springs hotspot is home to some of the wildest rides in the South. Get shot into “orbit” on Dr. Dean’s Rocket Machine, and hold on tight through five inverted loops on The Gauntlet. Scream the loudest on the X-Coaster – with slow loops and a 360-degree corkscrew roll, it’s the most intense ride in the state.
Wild River Country Water Park
Cool off on high-speed water slides and looping tube slides at this popular summer fun park in North Little Rock. Bob along in the lazy river and ride the waves in the wave pool. Get wet and wild on waterslides, from slower, kid-friendly chutes to heart-pounding vertical drops. You can play in the sun at the largest water park in Arkansas every year from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Natural Water Thrills on Lakes & Rivers
Arkansas’ abundant lakes, rivers, and mountain streams provide endless opportunities for adrenaline rushes. Ride the waters of the Buffalo National River on a kayak. Go whitewater rafting in the Class IV rapids of the Cossatot River. Paddle a canoe to a waterfall at Lake Catherine State Park. Oxbow lakes are ideal for jet skiing and motor boating fun, including tubing and water skiing.
Sky-High Excitement in Arkansas’ Mountains
Elevate your vacation with aerial adventures in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains. Soar above the earth and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Arkansas’ legendary scenery as you fly over the forest on a zip line. Get a thrill when you go rock climbing, bouldering, and rappelling in these mountainous regions. If you really want to test your courage, try hang-gliding off Mount Magazine or skydiving in Siloam Springs.
Electrifying Adventures on Land
Feel a rush of energy on motocross and BMX tracks in Pine Bluff, Cabot, and North Little Rock. Prefer off-road action? Get muddy on ATV tracks – you’ll find them across the state. Mountain biking is big in Arkansas, with epic routes in the Ouachita Mountains and near Mountain View. Bicyclists can cruise through beautiful countryside, from flat Delta roads to challenging mountain climbs.
Go Off-the-Beaten-Path at Wild Caves
Travel underground on a unique subterranean excursion at Arkansas’ wild caves. While show caves offer guided tours for everyone, wild caves are for adventurers only. Hike through mountains to untamed caves with waterfalls and slow-moving rivers. Go on your own or book a guided tour of wild caves at Blanchard Springs Caverns, War Eagle Cavern, Cosmic Caverns, and Hurricane River Cave.
Ride the Rails on a Vintage Train
Roll through mountains, farmland, and countryside on Arkansas railroads. Board an antique train through the Boston Mountains on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, which departs from Springdale, Van Buren, and Fort Smith. On the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway, a vintage 1940s locomotive pulls a sightseeing train with an elegant dining car. Kick back and enjoy the ride.
Just as you might guess, Loco Ropes in Mountain View features some of the most crazy zip line adventures you'll fine in northern Arkansas. Utilizing the tall tress surrounding the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, the park features more than 30 treetop courses. A part of the Ozark Folk Center State Park, Loco Ropes also features Tarzan swings, rope bridges, log challenges, and more, ensuring something for everyone.