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Kite Flying in Arkansas


As a parent, I know the thrill of finding activities that are fun and affordable and create lasting memories for the whole family. What if I told you adventure could be as simple as a trip to your backyard or a local park? Enter the wonderful world of kite flying!

My husband, Richie, and I first discovered the joy of kites on a vacation to Galveston, Texas. We watched in awe as colorful shapes danced across the sky above the crashing waves. Of course, we purchased a beginner stunt kite so we could bring that magic back home with us. Luckily, Arkansas boasts some amazing spots (and, let’s face it, vast open spaces!) that are perfect for launching your own kite-flying adventure.

Choosing A Kite

Before you head out, it’s important to pick the perfect kite for your crew. Here’s a quick guide:

  • For Light Winds (6-15 mph) – Deltas, diamonds and dragon kites are your best bet. They’re easy to fly and perfect for beginners like your little one. These kites are readily available at grocery stores and hardware stores and make the perfect addition to an Easter basket.
  • For Stronger Winds (8-25 mph) – Box kites, parafoil kites and other sport kites will handle those gusts with ease. Purchase these at specialty shops or online.

Kite Shops

Looking to upgrade your kite arsenal, or perhaps your little one has set their sights on a specific design? You can often find kites at garden and nursery centers, party supply stores or in spring displays at big box stores. You can also check out Arkansas’s premier kite shop:

  • Kaleidokites (Eureka Springs) – This shop offers a dazzling selection of kites, perfect for all skill levels. Visit them at 1 Spring Street #C in Eureka Springs.

Places to Soar

  • Backyard – As Richie and I discovered, your own backyard can be a fantastic launching pad for kite adventures. Wide-open spaces and a clear view of the sky are all you need! Our hayfields are the perfect spot.
  • Parks – Arkansas has no shortage of beautiful parks that are ideal for kite flying. Check out your local park for open fields, or explore some of these gems:
    • Waller Park (Fayetteville) – This park has a large open field that is perfect for letting your kite soar. There are also plenty of trees to provide shade on a hot day.
    • Pinnacle Mountain State Park (Little Rock/Roland) – This state park offers stunning views of the Arkansas River Valley. There are several open areas where you can fly a kite, and the park also has hiking trails and a brand-new visitor center.
    • Mulberry River Park (Ozark) – This park is located along the Mulberry River, which is a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing. There are also several open areas where you can fly a kite, and the park has a playground and picnic areas.
    • Crawford County Park (Van Buren) – This park is located in the heart of the Ozarks. There are several open areas where you can fly a kite and the park also has hiking and biking trails, a swimming pool, and a playground.
    • Arkansas River Trail (Little Rock) – This paved trail stretches for miles along the Arkansas River and offers scenic views of the city skyline. While not the biggest open space, it could work for a smaller kite on a less windy day, and the paved surface next to the river would be a good spot for launching and controlling the kite.
    • Jonesboro Municipal Airport Park (Jonesboro) – This park is located next to the Jonesboro Municipal Airport and has a large open field that is perfect for flying a kite. The park also has a playground and picnic tables.
    • Searcy Event Center (Searcy) – This large field adjacent to the Searcy Sporting Complex hosts a variety of outdoor events and is the perfect sport for flying a kite.

Kite Festival Fun

Arkansas has a fantastic kite festival that celebrates the joy of soaring high:

So, what are you waiting for? Grab a kite, pack a picnic and get ready to create lasting memories with your family!  With a little Arkansas wind and a whole lot of laughter, you’re sure to have an adventure that takes flight!

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and teaches art part-time at a local private school. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas where they raise chickens, farm hay and bake bread. Julie loves adventure and sharing it with her husband and son. They frequent the trails, campgrounds and parks of Arkansas, always on the hunt for new adventures and new stories to share. Learn more on her blog Seek Adventures Media.

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