Things To Do In Fort Smith In the Summer

It's a hot summer....a really hot summer. With heat index temperatures already passing 105 degrees, this summer may limit some of your outdoor activities for a bit. So what are some things you can do in the Fort Smith and surrounding area to stay cool and keep everyone entertained? Check out our suggestions below!

fort smith summer

Go to the water Park - Parrot Island Water Park.  

Parrot Island Water Park

Admission:  $15.00 Over 48” | $10.00 Under 48" | Children 3 and under are Free

Season Passes: $79.00 Individual | $269 Family of 4 | $59 per additional family member *Family Season Passes are for immediate family only please residing in the same household.

Lockers are available for a small fee and are accessible for a full day. Single and double rider tubes are provided complimentary for guest use. Tubes must remain in the area of use and are not be taken back to your seating area. 

Birthday parties and events are available as well. 

Go Bowling at Bowling World

Located right off I49, Bowling World is a great place with convenient hours from 11am all the way to midnight on weekends, allowing for cheap entertainment in the cool AC. 

Go See a Movie.

There are a few theatre options in our area. The Malco Cinema, Carmike and on weekends, the Tower Drive-In in Poteau, Ok. 

Get a frosty treat. 

Luckily, you have quite a few options when it comes to tasty frozen treats in the area. You can visit one, but we suggest trying them all :) Some of your options include: Braums, Goody's , Cherry Berry, Uncle Louie G's , Dairy Freeze ,  Delicias Michoacanas and the old fashioned soda shop at the Fort Smith Museum of History

Visit a Museum 

"Begin your afternoon adventure at The Old Frisco Station, a Van Buren landmark and welcome center for over   a century. Settle in to the plush grandeur of the comfortable passenger cars and hold your breath as the tracks take you over the Arkansas River, through a quarter mile tunnel and over a series of trestles overlooking the rugged and spectacular forestland. Laugh and wonder with the conductor, who will share his tales of lore and his knowledge of this beautiful and bountiful part of the world."

Go to the Monkey House

They are located at 5504 Wheeler Ave in Fort Smith, Ar., about 2 blocks north of Baldor Electric. They welcome kids ages 12 and under to come play with their parents and friends on 7 of the most awesome inflatable bouncers in the industry!! They offer a light concession available for your enjoyment including canned Pepsi products, bottled water, Kool-Aide Jammers, as well as chips and various candy bars to snack. If you would like to stay for lunch or dinner, just let them know, they have partnered up with Geno's Pizza and they would be more than happy to order you one of the areas best pizza's so you can sit back and watch the ball game on our 55" television while your kids play!!

Sign the Kids up for Gymnastics at Flame Gymnastics Academy

"Flame Gymnastics Academy has been a cornerstone for gymnastics and tumbling instruction since 1985. Founded by Randy "Blu" McMullin, Flame has been under the ownership and direction of Dan and Laura Beam since August of 1995. They are a family owned and family oriented children's fitness facility with multiple programs serving the greater Fort Smith area." 

Have a Picnic

Head down to the Riverfront Park area, The overlook at McClure Ampitheater  or by the airport and watch the jets! 

Go the Nature Center

"The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center sits on 170 acres of land in Fort Smith that were previously part of Fort Chaffee. The building overlooks Wells Lake, a popular local fishing and picnicking destination!

Built in the fertile Arkansas River Valley, the center focuses on the wide variety of animals and birds that call the area home. In addition to resident Canada geese and small mammals and turtles calling the center home, many colorful songbirds stop by on their journeys to and from wintering grounds farther south. While many visitors come to the center for the interesting exhibits inside, just as many find the trails, native plants on the grounds and canoeing or fishing in the lake just as enjoyable."

Go to a Car Show , Car meet up or Coffee and Cars

We are lucky to live in a car-culture area. There are lots of opportunities for car shows. The Barling Cruise night comes twice a year, Coffee and Cars, and other regular meet ups. 

Take a Yoga Class

Attend a local yoga class at Yoga Bel , Seva Yoga Studios , Yogaterrium and other local studios!

Benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.