Things to Do

Destination: Arkansas Ozark Mountains

Non-stop Fun for Everyone!

Whether it’s shopping for unique gift from one of our local artist, working up a sweat on a biking or jogging trail, relaxing at a park or lake, or enjoying water sports and fishing on our lakes and rivers, we’ve got it all. Use this site to plan your adventures, activities, explorations and excursions. Here are some tips to get you started: 

Ideas for Family Fun - There are boundless educational opportunities that involve exploring the outdoors through at our Arkansas State Parks, Fish Hatcheries, and Gaston's Visitor Center.   There is no limit to the family fun available, from miniature golf to zip lines, hiking to biking, rafting to water skiing, and even horseback riding.     Of course, all of these can be reached during one of your Ozark scenic drives.

Lake Marinas - Do you need to rent a boat, or a place to dock your own during your stay?  How about a houseboat for the whole family?  Visit one of our marinas on Bull Shoals Lake or Norfork Lake.

Arts, Culture, and Heritage - Our community of artisans and performers grows with every season. Explore photography, galleries, outdoor art fairs, theatre performances and concerts, and more!

Ozark Attractions Here and Nearby -  When you are ready for a break from the water, you can visit one of our many attractions including museums, caves and caverns, dams and hatcheries, and artist studios.  During your spring and winter visit, be sure to see the beauty of Ozark Mountain waterfalls. Directions to each of the dramatically beautiful falls in the Ozark Mountain Region are provided below.  

Dine and Wine - There is a wonderful variety of places to eat, ranging from simple bistros to more upscale dining establishments.  Visit a local winery that specializes in Italian wines, olive oils, and balsamic vinegars.

Nature Enthusiasts - Bring your binoculars because there is an abundance of flora, wildlife, and birding to enjoy.  From blooming Dogwoods blooming in spring to a dazzling show of  of bright yellow and vibrant red leaves in the fall, every season brings a new opportunity to capture the beauty of the Ozarks in memory or photography.  Arkansas Ozarks is home to migrating eagles, butterflies, songbirds, ducks and geese that fly through by the millions each fall and spring.  

All Seasons Playground for Water Sports - The Ozarks' rivers and lakes are the perfect playground for water sports, including water skiing, boating, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming.   

Some of Arkansas' best year-round canoeing adventures can be found on the crystal clear waters of the Ozark Mountain Region. Enjoy Class I and II rapids on a trip down the beautiful Buffalo National River. Float suspended between the clear blue sky and the clear blue waters of the White River or spend a half-day or full-day floating and fishing Crooked Creek. Swimming holes have cooled off mountain folk for generations, and in the Ozark Mountain region you'll find an abundance of refreshing and beautiful spots nature has provided for taking a break from the summer sun. 

Rated as one of the top scuba and skin diving locations in the country, Norfork Lake is well known for its water clarity. Just imagine, diving in water that has up to 60 foot visibility dependent on the season.  Divers from all over the United States have come to experience the outstanding dive sites and the crystal clear waters of Norfork Lake

A few tips so you can enjoy your water sports safely:

  • Familiarize yourself with the area before you enter the water
  • Watch for underwater obstacles such as stumps and logs
  • Swim with a partner or group
  • Wear a flotation device (PFD) while enjoying water sports
  • Supervise children as they play near the water
  • Wear sunscreen

Girls Getaways - Feeling overworked, over-stressed and overwhelmed? It's time to get the girls together and head to Ozarks for relaxation and adventure.  Be pampered at one of the  spas and resorts, be challenged on a guided fishing trip, be without a care as you float down a river in a canoe or be spoiled as you enjoy someone else cooking for you at a local restaurant or winery.   Just Be! because you can!

Ozark Adventures - Off the water adventures includes hiking, cycling, motorcycling, and rock climbing.  The newest wilderness activity is a zipline canopy tour. Harnessed to a cable on a zip pulley, participants are guided through a course of 12 zip lines set from tree to tree.  

Cyclists, ranging from cruisers to sport bikes enthusiasts, are finding the Ozarks as an ideal riding destination, offering a combination of challenging roads and mountainous scenery.  Year-round hiking adventures for all ages, enjoy easy to moderate hikes through beautiful forested woods, guided eco-tours, or strenuous extended overnight backpacking trips in mountain wilderness. Whatever trail you pick, keep an eye out an abundance of wildlife --wild turkey, deer, lizards, bald eagles and herds of elk roaming the lush meadows in Ponca.

Golfing - Interested in a round of golf?  We offer public, semi-private and private courses with pro shops and full-service restaurants. 

Winter Activities - There is plenty of reasons to visit the Arkansas Ozark Mountains in the winter.  It is a peaceful getaway from the bustling city life and daily stress.  You'll enjoy our mild winters whether you are hiding out in a secluded cabin, cuddled up in front of a fireplace at a resort, or gazing at the migrating birds and nesting eagles. 

If you are an avid fishermen, you can fish for almost any species of the bass family, walleye, crappie and bream in our lakes and trout in our rivers.  Don't miss the magic of our water falls that cascade down the rock bluffs of the Ozark Mountains.  Your winter getaway is waiting for you.

Weddings Destinations -  The Arkansas Ozark Mountains offer numerous unique locations for your upcoming destination wedding and other group events.  The breathtaking lakes and rivers will dazzle your senses and enchant your guests.  Its central location in the United States makes it ideal for families and guests from anywhere in the country to gather, being a beautiful day's drive from much of the country and easily accessible by air from anywhere in the US.  As a destination wedding, the Ozarks gives you an extra option for your honeymoon. Many couples decide to stay and play right here rather than pack up and fly away for the honeymoon trip. The Ozarks has a lot to offer you for your honeymoon and for your wedding guests that stay for the weekend.