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Things to Do in Arkansas

The Ozark Mountains are home to the attraction Bull Shoals Lake/dam and Buffalo River with things to do – fish, kayak, canoe, raft, hike or ride horseback. The Great River Road travels along the Mississippi River. Find Civil War sites, Indian mounds, caverns, a wildlife refuge and museums - racing, natural resources and sharecropping. Learn about Wal-Mart’s story in Bentonville, music and traditions at the Ozark Folk Center, river boating and coalmining, Bill Clinton’s birthplace in Hope and Fort Smith’s frontier forts. At the capital Little Rock, see the Cherokee Trail of Tears, Clinton’s Presidential Center, gardens, and desegregated Central High School. Restaurants serve fresh fish. Stay in hotels, motels, B&Bs and cabins.
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Hot Springs National Park

369 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, Arkansas
501-620-6715
Hot Springs Reservation, renamed Hot Springs National Park in 1921, was originally created to protect the 47 naturally flowing thermal springs on the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain. The hot springs only emerge from an area in downtown Hot Springs known as Bathhouse Row. Here visitors will find eight bathhouses - from north to south: Superior, Hale, Maurice, Fordyce, Quapaw, Ozark, Buckstaff and Lamar - that were built between 1892 and 1923. Behind and parallel to the bathhouses is the Grand Promenade where bathers once strolled after taking the waters....
Hours & Admission
Park: 24/7. Fordyce Bathhouse visitor center: daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major winter holidays. Free.

Ozark Folk Center State Park

1032 Park Avenue
Mountain View, Arkansas
870-269-3851
The small town of Mountain View is the home of the only park in America devoted to the preservation of Southern mountain folkways and music. The 640-acre Ozark Folk Center State Park is a "living museum" demonstrating traditional pioneer skills, such as furniture making, quilting, blacksmithing, herb gardening and woodcarving, plus 15 other crafts.

Find 24 buildings and outdoor areas showcasing daily life from the 1820s to 1920s, daytime music programs and a daily living...
Hours & Admission
Craft Village (admission): mId-April to September, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., October, Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Craft Village (free): early November to late November, Thursday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

General store (and transportation depot for the craft village): mid-April to September, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., October, Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Music theater (admission): mid-April to September, Wednesday to Saturday 7:00 p.m., October, Tuesday to Saturday 7:00 p.m. Admission.

Petit Jean State Park

1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road
Morrilton, Arkansas
501-727-5441
Petit Jean State Park is the flagship of the state park’s system. The park encompasses 2,658 acres of rare natural beauty - an abundance of unmarred woods, ravines, streams, springs, spectacular views and interesting ecological formations preserved almost as French explorers found them 300 years ago.

In addition to the park's rustic Mather Lodge built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park has a restaurant, swimming pools, picnic areas, playgrounds, Lake...
Hours & Admission
Visitor center: January to March, November to December, daily 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April to late May and early September and October, Sunday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., late May to early September, daily 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Park pool (fee): late May to early September, daily 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.

Boathouse and marina (rentals - fee): late May to early September, daily 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free.
Information subject to change without notice.
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