Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Where did summer go? It’s August, but there’s still time to get out and have some fun before the kids head back to school. Check out these ideas for fun this August in the Arkansas Delta.
- Head to the Big River Crossing (BRX) in West Memphis. Whether you choose to bike the crossing or walk it, you won’t be disappointed in the amazing views of the Mighty Mississippi. The Big River Crossing has the distinction of not only being the longest public pedestrian bridge across the “Father of Waters,” it is also the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge. Since opening in October 2016, the BRX has become a magnet for bicyclists, runners and walkers.
- Head to a water park or splash pad. Need suggestions? Check out the Paragould Community Center and Water Park in Paragould, Crenshaw Springs Water Park in White Hall or the Saracen Landing splash pad in Pine Bluff. Click here for a previous blog all about them.
- Enjoy some lake time at one of our wonderful 52 Arkansas State Parks. Rent a pedal boat at Crowley’s Ridge State Park in Paragould. Take a swimming break or do some kayaking at Mississippi River State Park in Marianna. Rent a party barge and enjoy an evening cruise at Lake Chicot State Park in Lake Village.
- Explore the outdoors…indoors! If you’ve never visited either of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission nature centers in the Arkansas Delta, you’re missing out! The Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro and the Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff are fun AND educational. Click here for a blog about the nature centers.
- All aboard! Head to Pine Bluff for a visit to the Arkansas Railroad Museum. You will NOT be disappointed. It’s trains, trains and EVERYTHING trains! And really, who doesn’t love trains?
Just a few quick ideas to make August even more fun for the entire family.