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Arkansas Gardens – Arkansas is a southern U.S. state bordering the Mississippi River. It’s known for its abundant park and wilderness areas, with terrain encompassing mountains, caves, rivers and hot springs. The rugged Ozarks region in its northwest has hiking trails and limestone caves such as Blanchard Springs Caverns. Its capital, Little Rock, hosts the Clinton Presidential Center.
Garvan Woodland Gardens: This is a huge, kid-friendly, lovely botanical garden on a woodsy shoreline with small waterfalls & an airy chapel. It has 210 acres, a waterfall, a koi pond, a Japanese garden, a children’s fort, a shelter, peacocks, a visitor center, and a cafe. There are bathrooms placed throughout. If you visit near Christmas, you will get to enjoy sculpture and light displays that are very beautiful. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be there for Christmas wishes and photo opportunities. It is a worthwhile place to visit. The people working there are so friendly, and the place is laid out in such a way that you see something new and magical every few minutes. It’s also stroller friendly. It is in Hot Springs and is part of University of Arkansas.
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks! We recommend seeing the gardens if you are looking for something fun to do. This place is truly magical! The place has a beautiful collection of plants! There are nice sitting areas with benches throughout the park and a good place to wind down and relax!! The staff is helpful, and the garden is a great place to host a special event. Northwest Arkansas’ only botanical garden features 12 themed gardens and other structures that are educational, creative, and interactive. It is also home to the only Butterfly House in Arkansas, where visitors can observe all stages of a butterfly’s life cycle. Throughout the year the Garden hosts classes and events, including free summer concerts, the popular Firefly Fling Family Festival and numerous educational programs for children and adults. Regularly voted one of the “Best Places to get Married” in Arkansas, the garden is a stunning venue for events of all kinds.” Found in Fayetteville.
The Peel Museum & Botanical Garden: There is free admission, but they do accept donations at the end on the tour. The gift shop is wonderful and smells great! The jelly is good, and the socks are fun. The gift shop lady is friendly and is passionate about her job. This garden is great for weddings as well. The guides are wonderful and very well informed on the history of this museum and garden. This is a must see if you are interested in the Peel or the Walton history that was involved in the area or just enjoy history. A lawyer, father of nine, and the first native Arkansan elected to the United States Congress, Colonel Samuel West Peel’s history is fascinating to learn about. The gardens surrounding the museum invite visitors to experience Victorian era inspired gardens. From the Heirloom Apple Orchard to the Rose Garden, you will discover the seasons of our gardens with charming displays of beautiful blooms. Stop by the Museum Store and check out handcrafted local gifts, souvenirs, and more. This unique cabin is a wonderful addition to the Peel Mansion. Found in the town of Bentonville.
Arkansas Arboretum: This is a 71-acre site exhibiting native flora representing Arkansas’s six, major natural divisions. Located below Pinnacle Mountain along the Little Maumelle River in Pinnacle Mountain State Park, the arboretum includes a .6-mile barrier-free, interpretive trail. This trail was very educational. But if you take the offshoot (bonus trail) it will total of 7.5 miles. There is a very cool outlook, and the trees are labeled with information about the trees and the leaves. You will have a breathtaking view of Pinnacle Mountain. It is an easy and fun trail while learning the various plants and trees of The Natural State. You may be also lucky to see a gigantic Armadillo near the River Overlook trail. In Little Rock.
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Arkansas State Parks:
Arkansas State Parks – Arkansas is a southern U.S. state bordering the Mississippi River. It’s known for its abundant park and wilderness areas, with terrain encompassing mountains, caves, rivers, and hot springs. The rugged Ozarks region in its northwest has hiking trails and limestone caves such as Blanchard Springs Caverns.
Petit Jean State Park: The natural beauty of this state park inspired the creation of Arkansas’s state parks system when it was established in 1923. This state park mirrors the mountain’s rugged beauty with its rustic, native log and stone facilities constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The focal point of the park’s impressive Rustic Style architecture is historic Mather Lodge, a 24-room hostelry on the bluff of Cedar Creek Canyon. A meal at the lodge restaurant guarantees a breathtaking view including a dramatic sunset each evening. Near Mather Lodge are 33 fully equipped cabins, 21 have kitchens, and many share the same bluff. Cedar Creek Canyon and the creek have a spectacular 95-foot waterfall. Upstream, a rock dam forms Lake Bailey, 170 acres for fishing and pedal boating. A boathouse offers a snack bar, boat rentals, and supplies for sale during the summer. You’ll find this park In Morrilton.
Moro Bay State Park: You’ll find one of the most popular fishing and water sport areas in south central Arkansas where Moro Bay and Raymond Lake join the Ouachita River. Park facilities include 20 campsites, picnic sites, a store, marina with boat rentals, standard screened pavilion, trails, and the Moro Bay Ferry exhibit featuring a historic tugboat and barge. The cabins are beautiful and pet friendly. They come complete with a screened in porch overlooking the bay amidst a canopy of colorful foliage during the fall. Everything you could need is in the kitchen. You can enjoy the hiking trails, go biking or get on the kayak for a smooth tour of the Ouachita river. You could not ask for more of a home away from home. This park comes highly recommended for everyone. Friendly staff on the phone and in person. Visit this park near Jersey.
Lake Ft. Smith State Park: Nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozark Mountains, this state park offers outdoor adventures including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and nature study. For backpackers, the park serves as the western terminus of the 165-mile Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail. Located on the western side of 1,400-acre Lake Ft Smith, this state park also features new facilities including campsites, a group lodge with kitchenette for up to 32 persons, picnic sites, a pavilion, a swimming pool, wading pool, and splash pad, a marina with boat rentals and launch ramp, hiking trails, playground, and an visitor center with exhibits, meeting/classroom, an outdoor patio featuring a native stone, wood-burning fireplace and spectacular views of the lake. Visit this state park in Mountainburg.
Mammoth Spring State Park: This park is beautiful with tremendous photo opportunities. Excellent picnicking, an excellent railroad history museum, superb Visitor Center, and a national fisheries aquarium which is fascinating. There’s a lot of history there and a story that’s interesting. The staff is most helpful and friendly, and the free coffee is good. This is not a camping park and is located in Mammoth Spring.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park: Come experience a spectacular mountaintop setting with breathtaking panoramic views atop 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest peak. This cloud-capped hideaway reigns above the Ouachita Mountains. Located on the Talimena Scenic Drive, the park is rich in history. In the late 1800s, a resort hostelry, Queen Wilhelmina Inn, in honor of the Queen of the Netherlands was built on Rich Mountain. Two inns have now replaced the original “Castle in the Sky”–the latest is this park’s focal point. The lodge offers 38 guest rooms some with wood-burning fireplaces, and spa tubs. Enjoy shopping in the Queen’s Treasury gift shop and delicious Southern Cuisine dining in the Queen’s Restaurant. Private dining can be arranged for 60 person groups, and a meeting room for 55 persons. The 460-acre park includes a 41-site campground and bathhouse; picnic areas; trails; and a seasonal mini-train and mini-golf course. Park interpretive programs feature Rich Mountain’s fauna and unique flora. The park is 13 miles west of Mena.
If Arkansas is where you would like to take you next family vacation, give TravelKatz a call at 352-277-2700 and we will make it a special adventure for you and yours or visit www.travelkatz.com for a chat opportunity.
Arkansas Museums: Arkansas is a southern state bordering the Mississippi River. It’s known for its museums and abundant wilderness areas, with mountain terrain, caves, rivers and hot springs. The rugged Ozarks region has hiking trails and the Blanchard Springs Caverns. Enjoy the state capital, Bentonville, Eureka Springs and all they have to offer!
Quicksilver Gallery: This gallery has high quality and great variety; one of the nicer galleries in Eureka Springs. There is a wonderful array of unique artist-made jewelry, ceramics, yard art, etc. Definitely worth a stop. It is a great shop with lots of different artists selling their wares. You’ll love the statues, paintings and art, it is so very unusual and just beautiful work…there’s much talent in Eureka Springs.
Museum of Native American History: This Museum invites you to “Walk Through America’s Past,” where the museum will give you a glimpse into what life was like for America’s first inhabitants. It is divided into five different time periods that will guide you through the constantly changing lives of the Native Americans, as seen through their artifacts. The displays feature relics that date from over 14,000 years old to historic times. Come visit the museum and enjoy seeing some of the finest treasures ever created by early craftsmen. Schools and groups are welcomed but let TravelKatz call to make reservations. Visit this museum in Bentonville.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: This site is well designed with water on several sides, a natural spring, an excellent design and a Frank Loyd Wright home as well. The Art and Exhibits are well presented and easy to see. There are special exhibits from time to time. You’ll love the various trails linking nature to the facility. Art Trail adds some interesting sculptures. Some trails link to the extensive Slaughter Pen Hollow system with a short walk to downtown Bentonville; the linkage is the best part. George W. Bush’s veteran portraits are interesting. The actual building itself is gorgeous. Come see us in Bentonville.
Museum of Discovery: The museum is ranked as the 6th best science museum by MENSA. The exhibits and activities are beyond awesome. There are discounted rates for educators; you need to provide your school e-mail prior to your visit. Do yourself a favor and go have some fun. This place allows a kid to be a kid! This is fun for all ages. Lots of creative learning. Be sure to see the Tesla coil demonstration! The live animal demos are great too. This museum is located in Little Rock
Scott Family Amazeum: Discover the connections between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) and the world around us at this wonderful museum. The Scott Family Amazeum; inspired by the landscape, culture, history, innovative spirit of Northwest Arkansas, it Amazeum contains 50,000 square feet of hands-on, learning fun for the entire family. Inside the main gallery, a 35-foot climbable tree canopy rises above the Nature Valley Water Amazements, the Weather and Nature area, an Ozark Cave and an authentic Homestead Cabin. .In the General Mills Lift, Load, and Haul, and the Market inspired by Walmart – active imaginations lead to deep investigations. In the Nickelodeon Playlab, Hershey’s Lab, 3M Tinkering Hub, and Art Studio it’s all about messy, creative, interactive fun. Spend the day exploring STEAM through play at the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville.
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Festivals in Arkansas are “not to miss”. The festivals are held in such places as the Ozarks, State Parks, Forts and many other towns and places. They include folk festivals, rodeos, and blossom festivals. Won’t you join the many people who travel just to Arkansas to enjoy the festivals there?
Arkansas Folk Festival, Mountain View (Court Square, Ozark Folk Center State Park): Annual Spring celebration featuring handmade crafts, frontier life demonstrations, parade, folk and bluegrass music, dancing on the courthouse Square, and window decorating contest. A great fun family festival. Ozark Folk Center opens for the season. Free admission to the Crafts Village during this weekend. Free shuttle from downtown to the Folk Center. April 19-20, North Central
Old Fort Days Rodeo, Fort Smith: The annual Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith has been entertaining rodeo enthusiasts with talented cowboys, high prize money and quality rodeo livestock for more than 80 years. The fast-paced action includes calf roping, barrel racing, wild horse racing, bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, the Old Fort Days Dandies, and bull riding. It is held at Kay Rodgers Park. May, Northwest
Toad Suck Daze, Conway: Festival goers gather for food-on-a-stick, local and national entertainment, arts & crafts, activities for kids, and of course, the World-Famous Championship Toad Races. Several festival-sanctioned events sponsored by local nonprofit organizations take place throughout the weekend as well, including a 5K/10K race and the Tour de Toad bicycle race. May 3-5, Central
Bentonville Film Festival, Bentonville: The festival is the first and only film competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. Films that receive the Audience, Jury Selection and Best Family Film awards at the Bentonville Film Festival will receive a distribution agreement with a guaranteed traditional theatrical release on a minimum of 25 screens from AMC Theatres. AMC Theatres will also participate in the film submission and jury selection process. Harnessing plenty of star power, the festival is a one-of-a-kind event. Hosted by ARC Entertainment, Walmart, Coca-Cola and AMC Theatres and chaired by Academy Award-winning Actor Geena Davis, the festival screens approximately 75 films in competition, ranging from studio premieres to independent features and documentaries. May 7-11, Northwest
Territorial Fair, Little Rock: With a new theme each year, the Historic Arkansas Museum’s Territorial Fair is always one of Little Rock’s favorite family events. Enjoy living history performances, hands-on activities for children, 19th century dancing, frontier demonstrations, pioneer games and more. May 11, Central
31st annual Magnolia Blossom Festival & 30th annual World Championship Steak Cook-Off, Magnolia: This event has arts and crafts, a sidewalk art show and sale, a 5K run, a fishing tournament, food booths, live entertainment, a championship steak cook-off and more. May 17-18: Southwest
Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races, Heber Springs (Greers Ferry Lake): Put your creative talents – and boat building skills – to the test at this event. There are three divisions of competition in both adult and children’s races including one or two-person, team and mechanical. All participants race a 200-yard-course. Past entries have been USS battleships, planes, trains and even the Starship Enterprise. Trophies awarded include the Pride of the Fleet, the Titanic Award, plus first, second and third places in each division for speed. Other activities include a tug of war, a watermelon eating contest, a treasure dig for kids, sand sculpting and the Cardboard Boat Demolition Derby. July 27, North Central.
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PLACE OF INTEREST
The town: Victorian homes, historic hotels, spas, springs, outdoor fun, world-class restaurants, stunning architecture, unforgettable Bed n’ Breakfast’s, unique wedding locales, over 100 locally owned shops. Top 10 Small Market Arts Destination (American Style.) One of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations (National Trust for Historic Preservation.); On National Register of Historic Places.
Eureka Springs Historic District Tram Tours: See and learn about Eureka Springs, up close and personal on the open-air, trolley style trams. Each tour is fully narrated by a fun, knowledgeable local guide. The tour makes 2 stops. First stop is the 1886 Crescent Hotel, where there will be ample time to look around inside and outside the hotel, as well as enjoying the view of the beautiful Ozark mountains and the Christ of the Ozarks Statue. The second stop is at one of the historic cold-water springs. The tram is “covered” but open on the sides. This makes it great for being able to see the beautiful homes, buildings, limestone walls and sidewalks and the tree covered hillsides throughout this amazing historic district. Find out, too, why Robert Ripley, of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, called Eureka Springs one of the 10 Most Unusual Towns he ever visited in the United States. Find out the history of the town. Visit the most haunted hotel in America, see the first neon sign west of the Mississippi, find out about the 60+ springs, see what shops you want to visit… This is a great way to start your Eureka Springs trip! Friendly knowledgeable tour guide.
Eureka Springs was officially founded in 1879, but the area was very active due to its locations and well known for its dozens of “healing” springs. Native Americans used them, as well as Civil War soldiers recovering from injuries. Built on rocky limestone ledges, the city became known as “Little Switzerland” and is well known for its many Victorian era homes. Tim guided us past some of the springs, told about rare winter sledding as a kid, pointed out key homes and businesses of the area such as the Flat Iron Building and the beautiful Crescent Hotel (with its ghosts). It was fun and fact-filled tour with plenty of personality.
We found that the city has over 100 restaurants, many cute little shops and B&B’s, and many nearby attractions, making Eureka Springs a destination location for visitors to the Ozarks. Well worth the time! Highly recommended!
Thorncrown Chapel: Beautiful chapel with lots of windows to let the beauty of the surroundings inside. We also had the opportunity to hear a little history while we were there. Very interesting. Very peaceful and serene. A beautiful place for a wedding.
Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour: The tour starts in the Teacher’s Lounge on the 4th floor. One of the most interesting and creepy aspects of the building is that it was used as a scan cancer “cure” center in the early 1920’s. The tour ends in the basement in the room that used to be the receiving room for bodies that where being moved to a funeral home. The autopsy room and body cooler are also included in the tour. It is definitely a unique and intriguing place.
Zarks-A Fine Design Gallery: a fine design gallery. Represents over 120 local, regional and national artists. Featured work includes ceramics from the Spring Street Pottery Studio, fine jewelry, painting and the region’s largest collection of contemporary American art glass.
Harmon Park: Harmon Park is located at 532 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Harmon Park is home for the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission main office which is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The park has 6.45 acres and contains a playground, skate-park, restrooms, Dog Park and recently constructed Opera of the Ozarks platform for performances. This is just one of the many parks in and around Eureka Springs.
Great Passion Play: And just outside the city limits is the Great Passion Play venue where you can watch the life of Christ from birth to death. The actors are residents of Eureka Springs and surrounding areas. Then tour the grounds where you will find other areas of interest, a gift shop and the Ozarks statue of Christ looking over the valley. Awesome!
There are flights from Tampa to Fayetteville Regional Airport which services Eureka Springs which is a short drive away. Just give Travelkatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will see that you have a special time in Eureka Springs.
Arkansas State Capital: Little Rock
Little Rock was named by French explorer Jean Baptist Bénard de La Harpe, who discovered two rocky outcroppings on the Arkansas River in 1722. The larger he called Le Rocher Francais (“The French Rock,” later called Big Rock) and the smaller he named La Petit Rocher (“The Little Rock”). The city was built near, and named after, the smaller of the outcroppings.
Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas. It was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the geographic center of the state. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named by the French in the 1720s. The capital was moved to Little Rock in 1821. The city is the largest in the state.
Little Rock is a cultural, economic, government and transportation center within Arkansas and the South. Several cultural institutions are in Little Rock, such as the Arts Center, the Repertory Theatre; the largest non-profit professional theatre company, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. In addition, there is hiking, boating, and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Little Rock’s history is available through history museums, historic districts or neighborhoods and historic sites such as Little Rock Central High School.
Things to see:
William J. Clinton Presidential Library: The library is full of interesting bits of President Clinton’s life and time as a governor and as President. A must see for history and political buffs.
Little Rock Central High School: An opportunity to delve into the history behind the 1957 immigration “crisis” in Little Rock. An excellent museum cater-corner to Central High itself has displays and lots of video that cover the entire event. The Little Rock Nine and other events of the Civil Rights movement are memorialized. The Visitor Center was very informative. The school itself is amazing and the Education Center is the Mobile station.
Big Dam Bridge: Walk up the walkway to get to the top of the dam…interesting view at the top…you can see barges & recycling ships…Many flags on top. Watching the water flow is awesome. Great place to run, bike, and hike all the way to Little Rock. The trail leads down to the Clinton Library in the River Market; which is a gem in the city where you can eat in some of the best restaurants in the nation. The Pubs are great too after a long bike or hike from the Big Dam Bridge!
Pinnacle Mountain State Park: This park has tons of options for hiking, walking, running, biking, or floating. There are lots of trails and something for all levels of abilities.
Little Rock Zoo: You’ll be happy to see good-sized enclosures and friendly zookeepers. Some exhibits were the elephants, rhino and large cats. The primates are cool too. They do live feedings for primates and watch how the silverback gorilla acts during feeding time. They also have a baby chimp, which is so cute and fun to watch.
Zookeepers offer educational talks from which you can learn quite a bit about these amazing animals.
Little Rock’s River Market Area: Situated on the banks of the mighty Arkansas River, is a great place for visitors of all ages and persuasions. Outdoors, the River Walk offers a beautiful sculpture garden and varied art works along the beginning of a 17-mile hiking/biking/walking trail, plus historic markers and descriptions and children’s play areas and a fountain in summer.
How to get there: there are direct flights from Tampa to Little Rock, lots of choices for food and places to stay.
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