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Planning an Arkansas Spring Break Staycation

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Staycations encourage travelers to stay close to home. It’s the perfect idea to spend your spring break staycation in Arkansas with your family. Towns and communities across Arkansas are full of fun adventures and escapes within driving distance of any corner of the state.

How to Plan a Staycation

When you consider details for a spring break staycation, look for day trips. Whether you pull a one to two-hour circumference from your house or pick a destination and then look at the activities nearby, a staycation is a great way to explore multiple areas with one home base.

  1. Start where you live. Get online and look at a map, use an app on your phone, pull out an atlas, and draw a circle within a reasonable driving distance for a day trip.
  2. Research what is available within that radius. Use trip planning websites, this website and  Arkansas Tourism website to start your search!
  3. Write down the ideas that seem enjoyable. Make sure you include everything from indoor and outdoor fun to extreme adventures, shopping spots and new restaurants.
  4. Make a plan. Get input from your fellow travelers or surprise them and make a daily adventure guide.

Photo used with permission from Arkansas Parks and Tourism

How to Organize a Staycation

Tackle a spring break staycation like you would any other vacation planning. Note your time frame for travel, ask your travel partners for ideas of fun, research and research some more. Then, just have fun!

  • Consider a day of rest. Whether this is the first day of your vacation or last, allow children to watch TV, play outside and grow-ups do nothing. Include some time to reset. Look for spa treatments, quiet places to read a new book or nap in a hammock.
  • Take the Hometown Scavenger Hunt Challenge and compete as a family or invite another family to join the competition.
  • Get outside. Living in the Natural State offers many opportunities to hit a trail, walk a new path, or bike a new adventure. Don’t use the whole time away to stay indoors. Get out and explore!
  • Learn something new. Arkansas has museums in every corner of the state covering everything from agriculture to funeral services to rural doctors, fire trucks, toy trains and antique cars.
  • Try something new. Vacation is a great time to make memories, so don’t fear the new adventure. Part of vacation is eating at new places you “don’t have back home.” Treat a staycation the same way. Try a new coffee shop, different ethnic food, afternoon treat shop, and splurge a little in your local town.
  • Assign a category to each day – rest, outdoor, shopping, play, eat new things. Having a variety for each day makes it easier to determine a plan. Pick something to do from your research that you’ve never done before. Whether it’s in your hometown or requires a little bit of a drive, you will be glad you made a new memory.

15 Spring Break Staycation Experiences in South Arkansas

15 Spring Break Staycation Experiences in Central Arkansas

15 Spring Break Staycation Experiences in Eastern Arkansas

20 Spring Break Staycation Experiences in Northwest Arkansas

15 Spring Break Staycation Experiences in North Arkansas

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All images used with permission from Arkansas Parks and Tourism

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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in South Arkansas with her husband and sweet Boxer, Bailey and one-year-old son! Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now she is using all of those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom!

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