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End of Summer Staycation Ideas in Arkansas

Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, romance, or culinary experiences, you can find it all just outside your door right here in Arkansas! The traditional vacation season might be coming to a close, but you don’t have to look far for great ideas on how to keep the good times rolling. Staycations provide cost-efficient options to get away right where you are. Here are some great end of summer staycation ideas in Arkansas!

Adventurous Staycations and Daycations in Arkansas

Whether you’re looking to stay home or take a day trip, you can find plenty of adventure! From Northwest Arkansas to central Arkansas, the Natural State has a lot to offer in the way of adventurous staycations. Take the day to explore breathtaking waterfalls and hiking trails in Ozark National Forest, catch sunrise at Pinnacle Mountain, or wait for a watercolor sky at Mount Nebo’s Sunset Point. 

Thanks to warm temperatures well into fall, you can also still enjoy water-based adventures by taking a day on the lake in Hot Springs, on Northwest Arkansas’s Beaver Lake, or at Greers Ferry. If floating a river is more your style, find whitewater experiences up north at the Spring River or take a leisurely tube or canoe float down the Caddo, Ouachita, or Buffalo Rivers. For quieter water-based adventures, pick up your poles and head to Lake Ouachita for a day of fishing!

You can also find high-flying adventure by ziplining through the Ozarks, around the Buffalo River, or through the canopy of a national forest! Make a weekend of it by renting a cabin, yurt, or campsite and spending your staycation in the great outdoors!

Relaxing Staycations in Arkansas

Capture the relaxing aura of the vacation experience at one of Arkansas’s many excellent spas. Experience the original Arkansas spa experience by visiting Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs and booking in for a massage. Or recreate the resort experience by ordering an in-home massage for you and your partner followed by do-it-yourself facials and gourmet meal delivery with your favorite movie!

Staycationing with the kids? That doesn’t mean you can’t relax! Plan a movie marathon at the house or take the whole family to a discount movie day at the local theater. You’ll be surprised how affordable – and empty – a movie theater can get on a free Tuesday afternoon! Round out the theatrical experience with a hands-on trip to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, a breathtaking artistic experience at Northwest Arkansas’s Crystal Bridges Museum, or a shockingly good time at Hot Springs’s Mid-America Science Museum!

Of course, you could always send the kids away to one of central Arkansas’s many day camps – featuring experiences as varied as outdoor adventure camps, theatre camps, science camps, and even rock band and film-making camps! Adventure awaits for the kids – and relaxation awaits for the parents! Take advantage of a kids-free day to take a leisurely stroll through you favorite Arkansas neighborhood and do some shopping at one of Arkansas’s many charming local boutiques.

Romantic Staycations in Arkansas

Looking for romance in the Natural State? There are plenty of great overnight destinations in Arkansas waiting for you to come and explore! Take a day trip to Eureka Springs and discover Arkansas’s cutest downtown area, learn about the hauntings of the Crescent Hotel, and take in the quirky, fun sights of the little town nestled in the mountains. Then stay overnight at the Palace Hotel and Bath House for an old-world bed and breakfast experience like no other. If you’re looking for more rustic romance, stay in one of the treehouses – or even a Hobbit hole – tucked into the mountains around Eureka Springs. 

Even if you live in Little Rock, book a stay at the Capital Hotel! You can spend the evening exploring Little Rock’s lively night life scene, catch a live show at one of a dozen venues, or take in the theater at Little Rock’s Robinson Performance Hall, Arkansas Repertory Theater, or other professional and community theaters around town. End the evening at the Capital Hotel’s excellent lobby bar and take in the luxury hotel experience right here in your home state!

Extend Your Staycation with Apartment Hunters

On one of your day trips to an Arkansas town, you might just decide you like the place well enough to stay! Whether you’re looking for a short-term rental or a new place to call home, trust the apartment home professionals at Apartment Hunters to make the perfect match. Next time you’re in town – just about any town in Arkansas, that is – give us a call for a recommendation on where to eat, stay, and play!