Plan Your Trip
Home to many prominent historic sites in Arkansas, Historic Washington State Park is a prime place to learn about Arkansas history for kids and adults alike. Begin your tour at the park visitor center, located in the restored 1874 Hempstead County Courthouse, open every day from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Purchase interpretative guided focus tours for an immersive experience into Arkansas' past.
To help you plan your trip in the area, visit the calendar of events for daily offered tours and activities, as well as individual and group lodging and dining options.
Tour: $7 Adult, $3 Children 6-12
Surrey Ride (when available): $8 Adult, $4 Children 6-12
Historic Washington State Park is a destination for dozens of public, private, and homeschool groups each year. There are several ways to experience the park with your students.
Standard field trip: Educators can work with park staff to customize field trips for their schools. Park staff will take students to several different sites. Typical rotation options are: Print Shop, Candle Shop, 1836 Courthouse, Blacksmith Shop, Royston Log Home, Farm life (barnyard), and Weapons Museum. These are all free programs. Another popular choice for field trips is the horse-drawn surrey ride. *There is a small charge for the surrey ride. Burger lunches from the park’s restaurant can also be pre-booked.
Overnight field trip: A bunkhouse is available to rent out overnight. It has 54 bunk beds (three separate bunk rooms), restrooms, showers, lockers, and a small catering kitchen. More extended field trip options are available for overnight field trips.
Frontier Days for Homeschools: Each September the park hosts a school day for homeschooled students. Hundreds of homeschool students attend annually. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in historic clothing and stationed at various sites, demonstrating life on the frontier and early settlement of a new town. There will be an event fee, as well as a fee for the horse-drawn surrey ride (optional). Burger lunches from the park’s restaurant can also be pre-booked.
Town in Conflict: Each November the park hosts a Civil War themed school day, open to all students. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in historic clothing and stationed at various sites, demonstrating civilian life in the Civil War. There will be an event fee, as well as a fee for the horse-drawn surrey ride (optional). Burger lunches from the park’s restaurant can also be pre-booked.
To begin booking a field trip, please contact the park at 870-983-2660 or [email protected].