Before we get to the Arkansas theme parks and water parks that are currently operating, let's remember one place that is no longer open: Dogpatch USA. Located in the northwest corner of the state, the park opened in 1968 and closed its gates in 1993.
According to a fan page for the defunct park, a local developer convinced Al Capp to license his Li'l Abner characters for a theme park based on the popular comic strip. Capp's hillbilly characters lived in the mountain village, Dogpatch, USA. The park included authentic 19th century Ozark Mountain log cabins, coasters such as Earthquake McGoon's Brain Rattler and Frustratin' Flyer, an RV park, and a motel. The town in which the park was located officially changed its name to Dogpatch, but reverted to Marble Falls after the park closed.
The following Arkansas parks, which are listed alphabetically, are open:
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Small, municipal outdoor water park with eight water slides, a water play area, and three pools, one of which has diving boards.
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The municipal facility includes a small outdoor water park and an indoor pool. The outdoor attractions include an interactive water play center with a tipping bucket, a lazy river, and a pool.
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Attractions at the small outdoor water park include the Diamondback Dive speed slide, the Cottonmouth Curse body slide, and the Crenshaw Creek lazy river. There are also attractions for younger children, a climbing wall on which participants fall into the water, and a pool with diving boards.
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Indoor family entertainment center with bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, a small roller coaster, an arcade, and other attractions.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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North Little Rock
Run by the town's parks and recreation division, the small amusement park offers kiddie rides including a train, a carousel, a mini roller coaster, and a small Ferris wheel. It offers special rates for groups and parties.
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Family entertainment center includes go-karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, and an arcade.
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Good-sized outdoor water park features the Ozark Cliff Hanger looping slide with a trap-door launch capsule, the Texas Sky Fall speed slides, and other body and tube water slides. Other attractions include a wave pool, an interactive water play center, a wading pool, a spa, and a sand castle area.
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The traditional amusement park is Arkansas' largest. Major roller coasters include the wooden Arkansas Twister, the vertical lift X-Coaster, and the inverted The Gauntlet. There are also other thrill rides, family rides such as a Pirate Ship, and kiddie rides, including a carousel, a train, and a small Ferris wheel. Magic Springs offers national musical acts as part of its concert series. Each fall, it presents its Halloween event, Magic Screams.
The Crystal Falls outdoor water park is included in the price of admission. Attractions include the Boogie Blast FLowRider surfing simulator, the High Sierra speed slide, the Rapid Falls Raceway multi-lane mat slide, a slide tower with seven water slides, a bowl slide, a wave pool, a lazy river, the Splash Island interactive water play center, and a play area for young children.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Decent-sized outdoor water park includes the Pineapple Plunge speed slide, body slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, an activity pool, and a children's area. It is part of Ben Geren Park, which also offers mini-golf, go-karts, bike trails, a playground, and other activities.
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The small outdoor water park is run by the city of Rogers. Attractions include water slides, a lazy river, an interactive water play center with a dump bucket, a pool, volleyball courts, and a picnic area.
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The small outdoor water park is run by Jacksonville Parks and Recreation. Attractions include water slides, a pool, and play areas.
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North Little Rock
Good-sized outdoor water park offers an Aqualoop slide, a speed slide, a bowl slide, a family raft ride plus a number of other water slides. Other attractions include a wave pool, a lazy river, an activity pool, and a children's area.