Cool Down: 9 Family Water Parks and Splash Pads in Arkansas
The free splash pad at War Memorial Park; photo by Tyler Rosenthal.
Sure, it's hot outside, but you're in luck: This is Arkansas and we love our water parks! There are lots of splashy options to cool down, all just a short drive away. From big-time water parks like Magic Springs to free attractions in city parks, here are nine water parks and splash pads in central Arkansas.
1. Arkadelphia Aquatic Park: Ask your kids if they’ve ever slid down a frog’s tongue. If the answer is no, be relieved and then take them to Arkadelphia’s Aquatic Park. You’ll find a larger-than-life amphibian to play upon, arching sprays, floating play pieces, a pool with zero depth entry and an open-flume waterslide. Youngsters are guaranteed a hopping good time. Open through August; 1-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun; Family Fun Hours specifically for adults with children only is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. $6, 10-visit pass $50, family of four season pass $200. For info: (870) 246-2747, or click here.
2. Crenshaw Springs Water Park in White Hall: This brand-new water park in White Hall is named for the natural spring that brought the community's first residents to the area. Visitors will find two 40-foot slides, a lazy river, zero-depth entry pool, a rock climbing wall and splash areas for little ones. The city-owned park has planned additions for the future, dependent on profit. Open through Labor Day: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun. $10, children ages 9-12 $8, children ages 4-8 $6, children under 4 free; 10-visit pass $75; family of four season pass $200 (for White Hall School District residents only). For info: (870) 247-2399, or click here.
3. Diamond Springs Water Park in Murfreesboro: Even if you don’t find a diamond in the rough at the adjacent Crater of Diamonds, this aquatic playground will keep you in a mining mood. With waterfall hideaways, geysers shooting from beneath the surface, sprayers, waterspouts, cascades, two water slides and more, your little swimmers will dig this place. Open through Sept. 6: Noon-6 p.m. daily through Aug. 14, noon-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun. through Sept. 6. $6, children less than 42 inches in height $4, children under age 2 free; 20-visit pass $90; family season pass $235. For info: (870) 285-3113, CraterOfDiamondsStatePark.com.
Thrills await at Magic Springs Water & Theme Park; photo by Tyler Rosenthal.
4. Magic Springs Water & Theme Park in Hot Springs: Crystal Falls, the Magic Springs water park, opens for the season this weekend. Splash and play in popular attractions Splash Island, Boogie Blast, and the Kodiak Adventure River. Smaller children will enjoy Bear Cub Bend and Grizzly Creek Splash Zone. Special events at the park include a "Dive-In Movie Series," in which swimmers float around the wave pool as they watch family-friendly movies. Families can also enjoy a special character series featuring the likes of Wolverine and Peppa Pig. Both the water and theme parks are open every day through August 17; water park open on weekends through Sept. 7. Hours vary throughout the summer. Admission prices vary; season pass $75. For info: (501) 624-0100, MagicSprings.com.
More fun at Magic Springs; photo by Tyler Rosenthal.
New features have been added to the popular splash pad in Riverfront Park; photo by Tyler Rosenthal