Family Friendly Outdoor Activities in NWA

fayetteville Family Activities

If you’re looking for a fun place to play and enjoy the sweet life, the Northwest Arkansas region is one of the best places in the nation to slow down, savor a sunset, and explore a variety of fantastic outdoor activities with the entire family.

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ markets have entertainment for everyone: local music and crafts and gorgeous, seasonal produce and flowers.

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks features events for both adults and children. The firefly fling in July is a  charming event for young children and the International Festival is a great showcase of the area’s diversity. Evening events such as Chefs in the Garden are fun for adults.

Compton Gardens is a 6.5-acre area developed into an Ozark native garden that has quickly become a regional destination. The garden is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.

Unique Walks

Terra Studios is a free art park on the outskirts of Fayetteville. Children and adults love walking around the gardens and paths to look at all the strange, whimsical and unique pottery creatures. Have a snack in the gift shop and sit in a quirky, artsy booth.

The Tanyard Creek Loop in Bella Vista has easy walking trails with streams, a swinging bridge and a waterfall. Kids will love looking at fish, crawdads, and water bugs in the crystal-clear water.

Seasonal Activities

Splash Pad and Ice Rink

From May to September, Lawrence Plaza features a splash pad. From November to January, the pad is converted into an outdoor ice rink. Bentonville Parks and Recreation hosts several events and programs at this facility throughout the year. The park offers snow cones in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter.

Minor League Baseball

What’s more American than rooting for the home team? The Naturals treat their fans well. They have fun promotions for families for their most popular events, such as Star Wars and Super hero theme nights.

Laser Tag, Paintball and Archery

Off Joyce Avenue in Fayetteville, Modern Mission has indoor and outdoor areas for play.

Mini Golf

Gator Golf has a full 18-hole course. They offer a free game if you get a hole-in-one on the 18th hole. You can see a great sunset if you time it right.

If you’re dreaming of spotting crawdads in a creek with your children, strolling with bouquets of fresh flowers from the farmers’ markets, or catching a fly ball at a baseball game, give us a call. We’ll partner with you find your new home in NWA.


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