The trip from Dallas to Little Rock is a little over 300 miles. Driving straight through with minimal stops would take you about 5-6 hours. I don’t know about you, but I love making the most of each and every road trip… which means making extra stops and creating more memories!
While it’s true that Texas landscape isn’t always interesting (flat highways will do that for ya), you’re traveling north up into Arkansas and across some pretty landscape, which will make the trip seem not so long.
Be sure to download some free road trip apps for the kids, and if you have time, prepare some busy bags to keep the younger ones occupied. Pack a cooler with snacks and sandwich stuff to save money at pit stops.
Sulphur Springs is about 90 minutes outside of Dallas. There are many things to do in Sulphur Springs, it just depends on how much time you want to spend and how far off the beaten path you want to go. Some fan favorites seem to be:
If you’re hungry already, check Yelp for the Top 10 Restaurants in Sulphur Springs to see if any might tickle your fancy.
The halfway point between Dallas and Little Rock is Texarkana. Assuming your kids are as stir crazy as mine would be at this time, the Discovery Place Children’s Museum is a nice stop to make if you’re traveling while they’re open.
“Visitors step back in time through giant prehistoric animal murals and explore the wonders of life in the living science lab. Exhibits explore health, sound, motion, electricity, astronomy, and other sciences. Children can play in replicas of a 1900 general store and a 1920 kitchen.” There’s even a spot for toddlers, so kids of all ages will be entertained in this museum. Plus, it’ll wear them out so they can sleep the rest of the trip! Okay, well, maybe they’ll take a nap at least?
Next up… the Museum of Discovery – also called the Donald W Reynolds Science Center – in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Can you tell that this trip is going to be fun and educational? We love to sneak learning in whenever we can!
There are plenty of restaurants around the Museum of Discovery, too, so if you’re hungry this is the perfect stop.
Little Rock, Arkansas
If you’ve made it to Little Rock, congratulations! If you’re not completely wiped out from your journey from Texas, there are a few places you might want to check out during your stay. Located at 6900 Two Rivers Road, Two Rivers Park is a 1,000 acre park that boasts trails for walking, biking, and even horseback riding. Two Rivers Park is the perfect stop for photographers and nature lovers alike, with frequent deer and wildlife sightings.
The Little Rock Zoo is another “must see” to add to your list, if you have some extra time! With over 600 animals, it’s sure to keep you entertained for most of the day. Little Rock is full of places to explore as a family, with good restaurants throughout so you can eat well along the way.
See the trip on Mapquest.