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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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