May 27, 2022 - Things to Do

Quick Memorial Day weekend getaways for Northwest Arkansas

A group of tourists with flashlights look over the inside of a cave.

Photo: Courtesy Missouri State Parks

It's been rainy all week, so it's probably too muddy to hike and too flooded to float most places.

Here are some last-minute day trip ideas:

1. Go back in time and check out stalagmites and stalactites on cave tours at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Missouri.

  • Tickets start at $6 for kids and $10 for adults.
  • Open Memorial Day, with tours available at 11am, 1pm and 3pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • A 3.5-hour drive from Lowell.

2. A great place to see the sea is at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Oklahoma.

  • Entry is $16 for kids and $20 for adults.
  • Open Memorial Day. Hours: 10am-6pm daily, and closes at 9pm on Tuesdays. Last admission is one hour before close.
  • A two-hour drive from Lowell.

3. We're fans of Crystal Bridges, but if you want a different collection to gander, try the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Admission is free, but ticket reservations are required for non-members.
  • Open Memorial Day. Hours: 10am-5pm Thursdays and Saturdays-Mondays, 10am-9pm Fridays, and closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • A 3.5-hour drive from Lowell.
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