Category Archives: Arkansas Attractions

Hot Springs’ Gangster Museum of America

November 15, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Gangster Museum of AmericaStep back in time to the wilder Hot Springs of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s with a visit to The Gangster Museum of America!

Hot Springs, AR is known for its heated springs, historic architecture, diverse art community, hiking, biking, festivals, and more – but gangsters? The concept seems pretty unlikely until you discover that, before there was Las Vegas, there was Hot Springs.

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Stay On Track at the Arkansas Railroad Museum

October 28, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Railroad MuseumThe Arkansas Railroad Museum, in Pine Bluff, AR, is a hands-on museum containing one of the largest collections of historic railroad equipment in the state.

The museum is housed in the shops of the former St. Louis Southwestern (SSW) Railway Cotton Belt Route yard. The museum collection includes an impressive array of rolling stock, railroad memorabilia, and two steam-powered engines, including the last ever built in Arkansas.

In fact, the museum wouldn’t even exist were it not for SSW 819.

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Discover Arkansas’ Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari!

July 29, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Wild Wilderness Drive-Through SafariLions, tigers, and bears, oh, wow! See these beautiful animals and a whole lot more at the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in Gentry, AR!

If you enjoy animals, you’ll love the Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari! The 400-acre farm in Gentry Arkansas is home to more than 50 different species, ranging from sheep and pygmy goats to hippos and ligers.

The facility includes a 4-mile drive through section, a walk-through area, animal petting parks, and seasonal pony and camel rides.

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Mystic Caverns – Two of Arkansas Most Spectacular Caves

June 28, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Mystic Caverns in Harrison ArkansasMystic Caverns, in Harrison, AR, is the site of not one but two spectacular show caves – one of which wasn’t discovered until a bulldozer broke through in the mid 1960’s!

Mystic Cavern has been around so long no one is even sure when it was first discovered. The region was settled in the 1830’s and the original entrance was pretty obvious so it can likely be dated to that time. The earliest physical evidence of visitors dates back to 1919 when someone by the name of “Adam Kolbe” carved his name and the date on a cave formation.

By the 1920’s, the cave was a functioning attraction, only the second or third Arkansas show cave to open in the state at that time. The cave was known as both “Mansion Cave” and “Wild Horse Cave” before being renamed “Mystic Caverns” in the 1950’s.

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Take A Hike – Petit Jean State Park Trails

May 18, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

an overlook at Petit Jean State ParkLooking to get out into the great outdoors this summer? Great idea and I know just the place: Arkansas’ Petit Jean State Park trails are some of the best around, leading to waterfalls, stunning overlooks, interesting rock formations, and more!

Petit Jean State Park (pronounced “petty-jeen”) is the oldest and one of the most popular state parks in Arkansas. It’s natural beauty and fascinating geology have been attracting visitors since prehistoric times. In fact, the park contains more Native American rock art than any other in the state.

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Explore War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake

March 31, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

War Eagle Cavern on Beaver LakeHike beautiful lake trails and explore the natural underground formations of War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake in Rogers, AR!

The Ozarks are riddled with fascinating caves to explore but few have as unique an entrance as War Eagle Cavern.

War Eagle Cavern is a family operated show cave and one of the very oldest show caves in the state. The cave is located in a box canyon on the south end of Beaver Lake, making it reachable by both car and boat. For those enjoying Beaver Lake, the War Eagle Cavern dock is close to Devil’s Gap Inlet.

Approaching the cave, you’ll immediately spot the large, natural opening in the limestone. A wide, smooth pathway leads into the cave’s mouth, following the course of a crystal clear stream flowing from the cavern’s depths.

Inside, 4 miles and three stories of cavern system have been explored – with much more still waiting to be discovered!

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Saunders Museum – A Stunning Gem of an Ozarks Museum

March 15, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Saunders Museum in Berryville, ARWhen you step across the threshold at Saunders Museum, in Berryville AR, you’re in for one heck of a surprise. This small town, Ozarks museum is home to a very large and historically significant gun collection.

How historically significant?

Well, the collection includes the guns that were owned by both Frank and Jesse James, Annie Oakley, Billy The Kid, and Sam Houston, to name a few. You can also see firearms owned by Cole Younger, Belle Star, Cherokee Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Buffalo Bill Cody.

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Visit the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum

February 28, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

William J. Clinton Library and Museum in Little Rock, ARCome to Little Rock’s Clinton Presidential Library and discover the life, times, and so very much more about the 42nd President of the United States.

William Jefferson Clinton was President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He also served as the Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981, and from 1983 to 1992. The Clinton Presidential Center, in Little Rock, AR, provides a unique, in-depth perspective on the life and continuing work of President Bill Clinton.

Presidential Libraries preserve the papers, records, and other historical materials relating to the president they are named after. The libraries help to shed continuing light on a President’s term in office and the important issues of their career. Every president since Herbert Hoover has a Presidential Library.

While presidential libraries primarily serve as archives, most also manage to become tourist attractions. That’s certainly the case with the Clinton Presidential Library!

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Discover Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

January 26, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, ARTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, in Eureka Springs, AR isn’t just the largest big cat sanctuary in the country, it’s one of the largest in the world!

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) rescues and provides forever homes to abused, abandoned, and neglected big cats. Their 459-acre facility can house – and does house – more than 100 of the big animals at one time. Though the emphasis is on big cats, they’re also home to exotic animals like bears, coatimundi, and macaques.

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The Odditorium – A Curiosities Museum in Hot Springs

January 18, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Maxwell Blade’s Odditorium and Curiosities Museum in Hot Springs, ARStrange taxidermy, voodoo dolls, mysteries of nature, and much more will intrigue and startle you at Maxwell Blade’s Odditorium and Curiosities Museum in Hot Springs, AR.

Are you fascinated by the weird, the mysterious, and the mildly morbid? If so, then you do not want to miss Hot Springs’ Odditorium and Curiosities Museum!

The ever-growing collection is owned and exhibited by Hot Spring’s illusionist and entertainer, Maxwell Blade. His collection of more than 300 rare and strange objects come from all over the world.

Previously housed in what was once one of the South’s only drive-through mortuaries, the Odditorium has since moved to Hot Spring’s restored and historic Malco Theatre.

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