Arkansas is always a good place to start when you’re nearby and up to some RV camping. You have several great amusement parks with convenient RV camping spots nearby, and these parks are quite underrated. That means you don’t have to worry too much about Disney World-level crowds (and prices).
So, where should you spend a month or two (or even just a weekend) with your family in Arkansas? Here are some terrific amusement parks for you to consider:
1. Holiday Springs Water Park in Texarkana
This is great for several reasons, with its centralized location as one of its perks. It’s a convenient holiday spot for the residents of both Arkansas and Texas, and even of Louisiana and other states. You have kid-friendly shallow pools for the younger tots, while there are tall, colorful water slides curving over and around the pools. And for some relaxing time, there’s also a languidly lazy river. You won’t get bored here, as this is widely regarded as the best water park attraction in Arkansas
And you don’t have to worry about RV campground options, either. There are at least 10 good options for that, including the following:
- Texarkana KOA Journey. This chain offers all the basic amenities, with some nice extras like a pool and a dog park.
- Sunrise RV Park. It’s like you never left home, but in a good way. You get free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, hot showers, 30/50-amp service, and a picnic table at each site.
- Four States Fairgrounds RV Park. It’s open year-round, and it hosts lots of special events in these fairgrounds.
2. Magic Springs Theme and Water Park in Hot Springs
It’s been around for more than 40 years now, and it’s still as popular as ever. This is the only theme/water park combo in the entire state of Arkansas, and it’s located in Hot Springs, which also offer many other holiday attractions. Plus, the Hot Springs National Park is nearby. It’s perfect for a whole summer vacation.
Magic Springs itself offers about 38 or so attractions, with about a dozen water rides and 5 roller coasters. With so many attractions here, it’s worth your money.
For RV campers, campgrounds aren’t all that rare in these areas. The better options include:
- Young’s Lakeshore RV Resort. You can stay up to a month here beside the lake and near all the downtown attractions, plus you have 50-amp service. There’s free Wi-Fi, along with a bath house and laundry facilities.
- Lake Hamilton RV Resort. This is close to Magic Springs, while you also get to enjoy your own picturesque lakeshore. Monthly rates are available, and some residents here are even full-timers.
- Piney Acres. It’s outside town so you can have some peace and quiet, but it’s still near enough to easily join in the fun.
3. Burns Park Funland in North Little Rock
It’s near Little Rock, so this amusement park won’t be the only place to visit when you spend your vacation in a nearby RV campground. Funland itself is open from about the middle of April to the end of October, so it’s specifically for summer breaks.
It’s mainly for younger kids, with bouncy slides, mini roller coasters, and kid-friendly Ferris wheels, though older kids may want to try out bungee jumping.
RV campers have lots of camping rounds to choose from, and here are the more popular options:
- Downtown Riverside RV Park. This is for those who want to be right in the middle of the action, as you’re right in the downtown area. Lots of the RV sites offer waterfront views, and prices are amazingly low.
- Maumelle Park. This is a lot different from the Downtown Riverside RV Park, as it’s off the beaten path. You do get a comfy, homey vibe and the rates are super-affordable. You can also opt for the 50-amp service, along with hot showers.
- Little Rock North / Jct. I-40 KOA. You get the basics here, but you also have extras like a snack bar, bike rentals, and an on-site hot tub. The sites are also quite large, and they can accommodate rigs up to 95 feet long.
Have fun RV camping in Arkansas, and enjoy all these amusement parks!