Category Archives: Arkansas Attractions

Prospect For Real Treasure at Crater of Diamonds State Park

October 16, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Crater of Diamonds State ParkCrater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR is billed as “The World’s Only ‘Keep What You Find’ Diamond Site” – and that’s the truth. Where else can you pay a small fee to dig for diamonds you can keep?

You’re probably thinking to yourself that this has to be some kind of scam. That the park is either seeding the site with a few cheap diamonds for tourists to find – or that there’s nothing there at all. It’s sensible to be skeptical about these things – but, in this instance, you’d be wrong on both counts.

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Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge Is For The Birds

August 21, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge Come visit one of Arkansas’ best birding spots. Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge in White County, Arkansas, encompasses almost 15,000 acres of diverse habitat for wintering waterfowl. The acreage includes croplands, bottomland hardwoods, cypress/tupelo brakes, and other natural wetlands. This expansive refuge provides a diverse array of habitats along the Little Red River.

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge protects and provides feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl. The refuge was a rice farm before the government purchased it in 1993 as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

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Discover the Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame!

July 22, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of FameWhat do Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Cash, John Grisham, and Mary Steenburgen all have in common? They have all called Arkansas home! Learn about these stars and over 80 other famous sons an daughters of Arkansas with a visit to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame, in Pine Bluff, AR.

You might be surprised to learn just how many famous actors, singers, writers, and others in the entertainment world have lived in Arkansas. The Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame has already inducted 88 famous Arkansans – and they wont be done any time soon!

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Come Explore Arkansas’ Mammoth Spring State Park!

May 26, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Mammoth Spring State ParkMammoth Spring State Park, in Mammoth Spring, AR is home to the state’s largest natural spring, a 10-acre spring fed lake, opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and much more!

Mammoth Spring is the second largest spring in the Ozarks. It flows at an amazing average rate of almost 10 million gallons an hour! All this water is the direct result of rainfall over the high plains of southern Missouri. The rainfall percolates down through the soil to a vast system of interconnected cavities that eventually converge and reappear aboveground as a scenic 10-acre lake with an island in Mammoth Spring State Park.

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Explore Quigley’s Castle – “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

March 24, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Quigley's Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”

Quigley’s Castle “The Ozarks’ Strangest Dwelling”
– photo by Brandonrush

No visit to the Eureka Springs area of Arkansas is complete without a stop by Quigley’s Castle. This uniquely designed family home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Quigley’s Castle is less a castle than it is a unique family home. It would be nothing at all, were it not for the creative vision of one Elise Quigley.

The structure is located on an eighty-acre farm just four miles south of Eureka Springs. In 1930, W. D. Quigley deeded this property to his son, Albert Quigley and his son’s wife, Elise. Initially, they lived on the property in an old lumber shack.

According to legend, Albert promised Elise that she could design their new home and she got right to it. Unfortunately, five children into the marriage they were still living in the same, old lumber shack. To Elise, it seemed like they would never break ground. Eventually, something did break: it was Elise.

Elise Quigley had long since completed her design for the new house and was done waiting. One day, after Albert headed off to work, she and the children pulled the lumber shack down. Now Albert would HAVE to start the new house – and so he did.

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Discover Arkansas Craft Beer On The Fayetteville Ale Trail

March 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Arkansas Craft Beer On The Fayetteville Ale TrailThe craft beer revolution has taken the nation by storm and Arkansas is no exception. If you’re looking for a fun way to explore the Ozarks as well as discover great beer, the Fayetteville Ale Trail is for you!

Microbrew beer has been on the rise in the U.S since the 1990’s. All across the country, brewing artisans and beer enthusiasts alike have taken up the sudsy mantle. As a consequence, unique, regional craft beers are now available in America like no other time.

Arkansas is not immune to this trend and, as of this writing, boasts upwards of 30 craft breweries or brewpubs across the state. The artisanal brewing movement is so robust, by the time you’re done reading this, there may be even more!

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Don’t Miss The Garvan Woodland Gardens Tulip Extravaganza 2017!

February 27, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Garvan Woodland Gardens 2017 Spring Tulip ExtravaganzaWelcome spring with over 150,000 colorful tulips at the Garvan Woodland Gardens Spring Tulip Extravaganza! The stunning array of blooms will be on display March 1st through April 30th, 2017!

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. The facility is in the Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas on a peninsula extending into Lake Hamilton.

The extensive gardens are a place of learning, research, and cultural enrichment. During the annual Spring Tulip Extravaganza, however, they’re just plain beautiful!

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Visit Little Rock’s Old State House Museum

January 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas' Old State House MuseumLittle Rock’s Old State House Museum served as Arkansas original capitol and is now a museum of Arkansas history.

The Old State House Museum was built in 1836 and served as the state capitol until 1911. During its years, it has witnessed some of the state’s most important events.

This grand, old building hosted the admission of Arkansas into the Union. Ironically, it was also the site of the secession convention in 1861! The same building served as the seat of both the Confederate and Unionists governments during the Civil War.

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Step Back In Time With A Tour of The Walmart Museum

December 23, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Step Back In Time With A Tour of The Walmart MuseumYou’ll feel like a time machine has whisked back to the soda-fountain era of the 1950’s when you tour The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, AR!

Walmarts are now ubiquitous in the U.S. but the company saw its humble beginning right here in Bentonville! Sam Walton opened his first Walton’s variety store in the town in 1950.

One has to wonder if Sam ever dreamed in those days that his little business would one day become a global retail leader, employing millions!

The Walmart Museum in Bentonville preserves this original, Walton’s 5 & Dime, along with a gallery of exhibits, and a 1950’s style soda fountain cafe.

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Enjoy a Scenic Day Trip On An Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Excursion!

September 23, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas & Missouri RailroadEnjoy beautiful Arkansas scenery without having to drive aboard a vintage passenger car on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad!

When you board the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad (A&M) for a scenic day trip, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a time machine. Their fully restored, vintage passenger cars will whisk you back to a time when riding the rails was the height of modern convenience.

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