Category Archives: Arkansas Attractions

Lakeport Plantation – Arkansas’ Last Antebellum House

December 16, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lakeport PlantationLakeport Plantation is the last remaining, untouched antebellum home on the Mississippi River in Arkansas. It has successfully transitioned from slavery, to tenant farming, to a museum and historic site over the last 185+ years. And it’s still producing cotton.

Kentuckian Joel Johnson established Lakeport Plantation in 1831. His son, Lycurgus Johnson, took the reins in 1846. By 1856, the cotton market was providing well for southern plantation holders like Johnson. He built the large house on the property in 1859 and expanded the plantation to well over 4,000 acres by 1860. He also held 155 slaves.

The looming Civil War had other plans, however.

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Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2018

November 23, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2018Come travel the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights and discover a cornucopia of Christmas light displays stretching from the North Central region to the Lower Delta.

Who doesn’t love seeing the fun and festive holiday light displays that spring up around this time of year? Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can’t deny that the multi-colored lights and decorations bring life and joy to what can otherwise be a cold and bleak season.

Arkansans certainly seem to enjoy decorating. In fact, Arkansas becomes a true holiday wonderland every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Communities and individuals across the state invest a lot of time, money, and heartfelt effort into decorating for the season. Expansive arrays of twinkling lights and animated displays spring up in parks, fields, city greens, and elsewhere. Many are so big you have to walk or even drive through them to see everything.

If this sounds like fun to you then you should definitely consider making a stop or two along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights.

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A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train Excursions

November 16, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train 2018Come experience a magical holiday adventure aboard an A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train. These special, holiday season excursions will take you back in time to a Christmas past – and they aren’t just for kids!

There’s something exciting about trains that spark our sense of adventure.

The tracks leading off, seemingly either into the future or the past, as far as the eye can see. The noise and bustle; the long cars linked obediently together behind the engine. That sense of entering a world now mostly long since passed.

All these elements and more go towards making a rail journey in today’s world seem a very magical and romantic experience, indeed!

The A&M Railroad is one of the only commercial lines in the country that still offers both freight and passenger services. Their trains make regularly scheduled trips over the Boston Mountains, along the Arkansas River Basin, and through the Winslow tunnel.

These modern, shortline routes have been very successful in both carrying freight and for sight-seeing round-trips. A&M takes the romance and adventure one step further every holiday season with their Holiday Express train excursions.

A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train Excursions

Boarding an A&M Railroad Holiday Express train is like stepping into a classic Norman Rockwell holiday painting. The leisurely elegance of the refurbished, turn-of-the-century, passenger cars will transport you before the train even leaves the station.

A&M’s Holiday Express excursions are offered from November 23rd to December 23rd in a variety of guises. There are hour long pizza party trips, three hour long pajama party trips, Christmas Parade trips and more.

While these Holiday Express excursions are definitely designed around entertaining the little ones, they aren’t exclusive to children. Many holiday and train loving adults make the trip every year. If you qualify as one or both, we can’t recommend the experience enough!

A&M Railroad 2018 Holiday Express Train Schedule

Most Holiday excursions are 1 hour, round trips with Santa, snacks, holiday music, and the stunning scenery of the A&M line. Most excursions also include multiple departure times per date. Be sure to visit the A&M Railroad website for more details.
Van Buren “Holiday Express” Train – Nov 23-25, Dec 10-12
A one hour round trip.

Van Buren “Holiday Pizza Express” Train – Nov 23, Dec 10-12
A one hour round trip.

Springdale to Johnson “Holiday Express” Train – Nov 24, Dec 4-8, 14, 18-23
A one hour round trip.

Springdale to Johnson “15th Annual Children’s Christmas Train” – Dec 1
A one hour round trip followed by a winter wonderland of games and activities.

Springdale to Rogers “Christmas Parade” – Dec 7
Ride the train to the Rogers Christmas Parade with a 2 hour layover.

Springdale to Winslow “Pajama Train” – Dec 9, 16
A 3-hour scenic excursion.

Springdale to Johnson “Holiday Pizza Express” – Dec 13
A one hour round trip.

Springdale to Fayetteville “Pajama Train” – Dec 14-15, 20-22
A 3-hour ride.

Seligman, MO to Rogers “Holiday Express” – Dec 15
A one hour round trip.

Monett, MO to Exeter “Holiday Express” – Dec 16
A one hour round trip.

The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Visit amtrainrides.com for tickets, a full schedule, and more information. You can also follow A&M on Facebook.

Arkansas Lodging

Arkansas is full of beauty, history, and fun for those who take the time to discover it. This includes a wonderful collection of locally owned and operated Arkansas Bed and Breakfasts. Do yourself a real favor the next time you’re in Arkansas and book yourself accommodations in one. You’ll be so glad you did – and Happy Holidays!

All Aboard for the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad!

June 29, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas and Missouri RailroadStep back to a slower, gentler time with a ride aboard beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century cars on the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad!

In today’s hectic, fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find the time to slow down and take it all in. One great way lessen that pace and get some much needed down-time is aboard the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad.

The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad offers special, passenger train services that allow you a chance to experience a bygone era. Travel over the Boston Mountains in turn-of-the-century passenger train cars. Cross over high trestles with stunning views and through the depths of the quarter-mile long Winslow tunnel.

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Can You Dig It? Where To Find Quartz Crystals in Arkansas

June 18, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Where to find Quartz Crystals in ArkansasThe quality and availability of naturally occurring quartz crystals in Arkansas is rivaled only by Brazil. If you’re a fan of quartz crystals, a visit to Arkansas’ Ouchitas is most definitely in order.

Whether you love crystals or are just looking for something neat to bring home as a vacation memento, you should visit Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains. The area is known for its abundant deposits of quartz crystal. And by “deposits” I mean that, in some areas, you could once simply scoop the crystals up off the ground like so many pebbles.

Of course, by now, most those easy to scoop-up crystals are … already scooped up. Today, one has to either rely on a rock shop for crystals in Arkansas – or go mine your own. But wait. Before you invest in a headlamp and pick axe, there’s something you should know about “mining” quartz crystals in Arkansas.

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Visit and Explore Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

March 30, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR
photo: Kevin Dooley

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a beautifully designed art museum in Bentonville, AR. The museums’s noteworthy collection contains important works from a broad swath of American artists, from Colonial times up to the present.

The first thing you notice upon arrival at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the museum itself. The design, by architect Moshe Safdie and engineer Buro Happold, is a piece of art in and of itself.

The stunning glass-and-wood design is nestled around two spring-fed ponds in the forest.  Two bridge pavilions stretch out over the water to give the museum its name. This winning combination of nature and design make for an inspirational experience. The Crystal Bridges facility includes galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, a library, sculpture garden, and a glass-enclosed gathering hall that can hold up to 300 people.

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Discover Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway

March 17, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic BywayAmerica’s largest alluvial plane also holds one of Arkansas’ most scenic motorcycle rides. Come discover Crowley’s Ridge Parkway National Scenic Byway in the Arkansas Delta region.

The Eastern Arkansas Delta region is situated within our nation’s largest alluvial plain. An alluvial plane is a vast and ancient flatland created over the eons by continual flooding. In this instance, the culprit is the Mississippi River and a millennia of erosion, silt deposits, and course changes.

Arkansas’ Delta region sounds rather violent and ugly when described like that but nothing could be farther from the truth. The area is lush, beautiful, and contains some of our nation’s most gorgeous country, including Crowley’s Ridge Parkway.

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Soar To New Heights At The Arkansas Air & Military Museum

January 29, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Air & Military Museum in Fayetteville, ARAeronautics, military, and history fans alike will thrill at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum collection in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Fayetteville’s Arkansas Air & Military Museum, located at Drake Field, is housed in a piece of history, itself.

The massive, all-wood, white hangar the museum is housed in is listed on the Arkansas Registry of Historic Places. It was built during World War II, which explains why wood was used in its construction rather than steel or aluminum. The site served as the headquarters for a military aviation training post and is one of the few such buildings surviving from the 1940s.

Of course, what waits inside is even more fascinating and exciting!

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Expect The Unexpected In Fort Smith, Arkansas!

January 26, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

The Unexpected in Fort Smith, AR

This mural by Ana Maria is just one of many to be seen in Fort Smith. – image courtesy Valis55

Expect The Unexpected in Fort Smith, Arkansas! The Unexpected is an ongoing street art initiative that is bringing permanent work by internationally renowned street artists to Fort Smith.

Fort Smith, Arkansas is probably most famous for its connection to the real-life story of Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross in True Grit. That a town the size of Fort Smith would have much claim to fame at all may come as a bit of a surprise – but Fort Smith is full of surprises. It’s no hyperbole at all to say that you can definitely expect The Unexpected in Fort Smith!

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Come Explore The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

December 8, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2017Just last post we focused on Lights Of The Ozarks in Fayetteville – but that’s hardly the only amazing Christmas light display in Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas is home to so many stunning holiday light displays, there is an extensive state tour trail! This holiday season, come explore the festive Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!

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