1. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

With summer ending and a long weekend ahead, there’s just something inside you that tells you to get out of town. Listen to that voice and (safely) check out these Natural State adventures that are just around the corner.


Mid America Science Museum, Hot Springs

The Mid-America Science Museum features over 100 hands-on exhibits that explore the wonders of energy, matter, life and perception. Experience Arkansas Underfoot, the Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk, the workshop area and our state-of-the-art Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome where you can explore the stars and more. Learn more here. 

While you're in the neighborhood: Don't forget about Lake Ouachita State Park and Magic Springs!


Delta Cultural Center, Helena

The Delta Cultural Center was established in 1989 as an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. It exists to celebrate the rich heritage of the Arkansas Delta. From its humble beginnings in the restored train depot, the Delta Cultural Center has expanded to include multiple properties, each telling a different part of Arkansas' story.  

The Delta Cultural Center Visitors Center and Depot are open to the public with guided or self-guided tours. Freedom ParkFort Curtis, and Battery C Park are all outdoor self-guided experiences. Other Delta Cultural Center properties, although not open daily, are open for special events and programs. For more info, check out The Delta Cultural Center's website.


Crystal Bridges, Bentonville

If you're in need of some culture (and air conditioning) in your summertime agenda, take a day trip to Bentonville and visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art featuring a permanent display as well as rotating exhibits, including the return of North Forest Lights starting Sept. 1. Learn more here.

While you're in the neighborhood: Check out the Fayetteville Farmers Market and Walmart Museum.


This article originally appeared in Little Rock Family.