Family Fun in The Fort
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
- 8300 Wells Lake Road. 479-452-3993. This enchanting nature center on lovely Wells Lake features interactive indoor exhibits for children and adults, and a vast variety of outdoor activities, from guided hikes to archery to nature photography to kayaking, canoeing and fishing to astronomical Star Parties. Animal feedings at 2 p.m. daily are especially popular with the children, particularly Friday when the staff feeds the snakes! Experience The Natural State's River Valley flora and fauna up close and personal, and learn from the experts how to have safe outdoors fun. Best of all, the Nature Center is open six days a week (closed Mondays & major holidays), and its activities are FREE for the whole family, funded by an Arkansas conservation tax.
The Park at West End- 15 North Second Street - RE-OPENING APRIL 2, 2010- This charming small amusement part at the west end of historic Garrison Avenue in downtown Fort Smith is one of Ft. Smith's most recognizable sights, as the park's working 1930s Ferris wheel (used in the World's Fair) is visible from the bridge going into Oklahoma. The park also features an Italian hand-painted carousel with the sounds of a vintage calliope; a double-decker British bus with concessions, an arcade, and an old Pullman dining car converted into an eatery for lunches, special events and private parties. The Park at West End will re-open to the public April 2 under the operation of the City of Fort Smith Parks & Recreation Department. Rides on the Ferris wheel and carousel are $1, and park admission is free. The park is available for private engagements. See more details about The Park at West End here, or on Facebook or Twitter.
Wild Things Farm - 700 Beaty, Pocola, Okla. (Five minutes outside Fort Smith.)
Bowling World- 6100 S 36th Street - 479-646-5050. 72 lanes of fun. 12 pool tables, an arcade, a snack shop, a pro shop, and Xtreme glow bowling.
Midland Bowl- Kelley Hwy & North 32nd- 479-785-255. 32 lanes, a restaurant, pro shop and Cosmic Bowling.
Deer Acres Zoo - 916 Jenson Road in Hackett- 479-638-8787. Meet, feed, and picnic with the animals!
Grand Slam Fun Center - 5300 South Zero- 479-648-8805
Gator Miniature Golf -7200 South Zero in Ben Geren Park- 479-646-6015
Putt Putt Golf and Games-4901 Towson Avenue- 479-646-3677
Crystal Palace Skating Rink- 3900 South 70th - 479-452-0973
Jack's Skateland- 1413 Phoenix Avenue- 479-452-4706
Chuck-E-Cheese's- 148 Central Shopping Center Place- 479-452-0111
Boon-Doc's Paintball Park- 3325 Catcher Road-Van Buren- 479-474-0304
All American Paintball- Hwy 22 in Charleston- 479-965-2068
Duck Ridge Paintball Park - 1715 Battlefield Drive in Greenwood- 501-996-0470
Alma Family Aquatic Park- 731 City Park Road in Alma- 479-632-0700