With unique attractions and warm spring weather perfect for outdoor fun, Arkansas is a great choice for a spring break getaway without the typical crowds. Whether you choose a large city with vibrant nightlife or a secluded rural spot nestled in the Ozarks, there are many Arkansas vacation rentals to choose from for your getaway. Here are a few cities and towns to consider for your spring break retreat.

1. Hot Springs

If you really need to de-stress from work or school, Hot Springs is the perfect spring break vacation destination. Hot Springs National Park offers a unique opportunity to soak in natural hot spring water. Book a vacation rental in town within walking distance of the baths, and sign up for the park’s full spa treatment, including a relaxing mineral soak, sitz bath, steam cabinet, and Swedish massage, plus extras for any particular problem areas you have, to get the maximum benefits of the natural hot springs. Reserve an afternoon for a relaxing ramble through the gorgeous spring flowers at Garvan Woodland Gardens. The Gardens’ annual Tulip Extravaganza runs throughout the months of March and April and includes activities that focus on their beautiful spring blooms. Nightlife in downtown Hot Springs includes many fun clubs and concert venues, including Superior Bathhouse Brewery, Maxine’s, and the Five Star Theater. If you’re vacationing with the kids, check out Magic Springs Water & Theme Park and the hands-on exhibits at the Mid-America Science Museum.

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2. Little Rock

If you prefer a spring break vacation jam-packed with fun activities, Little Rock offers a great combination of outdoor fun, history, nightlife, and cultural events to keep you entertained daily from dawn to dusk. With a subtropical climate, Little Rock has great spring weather for outdoor activities. Take a walk along the Arkansas River Trail for great views of the area, and explore the Old Mill, featured in the opening scene of “Gone With the Wind.” A vacation rental with a garage makes it easy to bring along bicycles or kayaks for biking riverside at Two Rivers Park or getting out on the water at Fourche Creek Wetlands. If you’re up to the challenge, take a longer hike to the mountaintop at nearby Pinnacle Mountain State Park for the expansive view, then wander through the spring blooms at the park’s arboretum. History buffs love taking the Arkansas Civil Rights History Audio Tour and exploring the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. The River Market District provides access to a variety of music venues and night clubs, such as Club Elevations and Deep Ultra Lounge, all within walking distance of each other. For spring break with the kids, check out the event schedule at Wildwood Park for the Arts for family-friendly food, drink, games, and entertainment celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

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3. Bentonville

Pack your bike and head to Bentonville for a spring break vacation in a town with the ultimate bicycle-friendly culture. The Bike Bentonville program offers bicycling tourists of all ability levels a chance to enjoy fun trail rides and use their bikes to get around. Access nearly 45 miles of off-road single-track trails great for mountain biking, or explore the lake-filled landscape of the Bella Vista Hills with the 34-mile Hill Loop roadside route. Most Bentonville streets include bike lanes, so you can explore parks, shopping, historic sites, and Bentonville’s many museums by bicycle. A break from work and school doesn’t need to mean a break from learning. Head to the gorgeous Crystal Bridges Museum to admire the architecture and ramble among its extensive collection of American art, then learn more about Native American culture at the Museum of Native American History. If you’re planning spring break with your family, add the museum’s arrowhead scavenger hunt to your agenda, and be sure to spend some time at the Amazeum, where both kids and adults can explore science and the arts with fun interactive exhibits that entertain and inform.

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4. Eureka Springs

Book a Eureka Springs vacation rental for a spring break getaway with something for everyone, from relaxing spa treatments and retail therapy to exciting outdoor adventures. Recharge during your break from work or school with a pampering package at Gryphon’s Roost Day Spa and Gallery, or opt for spa treatments at Spa1905 and savor the atmosphere of its historic building. Spend an afternoon or a whole day browsing your way through town with stops a interesting boutiques, such as Sonya’s and Daffodil Hill, and the many small local art galleries, including giant wood sculptures at the J. A. Nelson Gallery and handmade jewelry at Art & Soul. Have lunch at Keel’s Creek Winery and Gallery, then purchase a bottle of fine local wine to enjoy later at your vacation rental. Relax in the great out-of-doors with a canoe float on Table Rock Lake, or simply stroll some of the over 20 miles of trails at Lake Leatherwood City Park. If you’re more of thrill-seeker, consider adding a zip-line canopy tour to your vacation itinerary. Ozark Mountain Ziplines offers tours with gorgeous mountain views.

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5. Conway

Few things are better than spring break on the waterfront, and a vacation rental in Conway gives you access to several areas for lakeside fun. Head to Beaverfork Lake for swimming, boating, and fishing in a 1,200-acre city park. At Beaverfork, find boat ramps for watercraft of nearly every size, handicap-accessible fishing areas, sand volleyball courts, and lighted softball fields for many opportunities for fun. If you’d like to try your hand at water-skiing or windsurfing, equipment is available for rental at Jolly Roger’s Marina or Lacey’s Narrows Marina. For a lake that’s just a little more wild, head to the 6,700-acre Lake Conway just outside of town. The spring season at Lake Conway provides some of the best fishing in the area, and Hi-Way Landing offers boat rentals right on the lake.

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6. Mountain Home

Nestled in the mountains in the middle of the Twin Lakes area, Mountain Home is the perfect destination for spring break getaway full of water sports, swimming, and basking in the sun. Norfolk Lake has sandy beaches and wide open swimming areas. Bring along your boat or jet ski for some out-on-the-water thrills. With more than 500 miles of coastline, Norfolk Lake also offers plenty of secluded fishing nooks and a good supply of crappie, catfish, and bass ready to take your bait. Head to Bull Shoals-White River State Park on the shore of Bull Shoals Lake for hiking with mountain views, family-friendly canoeing and kayaking, and great swimming holes surrounded by the gorgeous Ozark Mountains. When you’re not at the lake, check out the tasting room at Raimondo Winery, sample local brews at Rapp’s Barren Brewing Company, or drive through the mountain landscape to admire the spring wildflowers, including beautiful wild dogwoods and redbuds.

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7. Rogers

Take your mind off everyday concerns with a spring break getaway in Rogers. Book a vacation rental in historic downtown Rogers to be close to nightlife and great dining, or select an out-of-town location for a more secluded experience. Experience the unique knobby landscape of Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area on your bike or on your own two feet, and explore the park’s Beaver Lake by canoe or kayak. The lush, wild scenery provides a peaceful escape. After a day at the park, check out Main Street in Rogers, stopping in at fun shops, such as Brick Street Hemp & Glass and The Cottage at the Barn, and friendly microbreweries that include the Ozark Beer Company. Keep your eye out for Persephonē on Wheels for scrumptious upscale food truck cuisine, and head to Heirloom at the 1907 for a delicious meal featuring local produce and dishes inspired by traditional Ozark Mountain staples.

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8. Newport

With a rich sense of history and easy access to recreation along the White River, Newport lets spring break visitors combine a vacation full of swimming and boating with an exploration of Arkansas’ past. Jacksonport State Park is the place to go for swimming or boating on the historic river. While you’re there, check out the 1872 courthouse to learn more about the port’s importance to both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War. Head back in town to our the Newport Visitor’s Center and Museum for more historical exploration, including information about the Native American tribes that used the area for river crossing long before the port was built. Take a stroll through town, hitting its 10 historic buildings, including Iron Mountain Depot and the county jail. If you enjoy a round of golf, Village Creek Golf and Newport Country Club both offer scenic courses showcasing spring growth. At dinnertime, head to Hungry Man Restaurant or Smokehouse BBQ for tasty southern barbecued pork or beef, including huge pig sandwiches great for hearty appetites.

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