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If you are wondering what you’re going to do for fun this summer, you should consider Arkansas. Whether you live here or out of state, there is so much to do here. I’ll share some things that we’ve done, places to visit and maybe a few things I’ve been wanting to do but haven’t yet.
Let me start with our city, Crossett. We have one of the two zoos in the state, right here in my hometown. It isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing. I’ve been going all my life and still like to visit as an adult. It’s free admission too!
There are also a couple of rivers and lakes right around Crossett… if that’s your thing. I grew up riding in our ski boat to the “big sand bar” on Saturday afternoons. It was so much fun. A big plus of our new place is that we have a pond, with lots of bream, which is my favorite kind of fishing.
The next place I want to mention is very near and dear to my heart. The Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, AR.
Isn’t it stunning? It’s where J.C. and I got married ♥ ♥ ♥ Before our last home burned, I did this little Pinterest inspired project. I bought a map and sewed a path from Crossett to Eureka Springs, the exact route we took. It was obviously ruined in the fire, but here’s a pic. Oh… I have every intention of making another one.
If you never been, you don’t know what you are missing. I can’t wait to go back. I love how the chapel allows nature to really speak. Our wedding was simple, beautiful, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
We also honeymooned in Eureka Springs, at the Beaver Lakefront Cabins. They are SO nice and secluded. It’s the perfect place to honeymoon because they don’t allow kids or pets. Yay!
Eureka Springs is very charming and has a lot to offer. Don’t miss the very near Turpentine Creek Zoo. It’s such a neat place. They take in wild cats that people thought they could take care of… and I don’t mean small cats. We’re talking bit cats, like lions, tigers, bears… OH MY. Ok, so technically a bear isn’t a cat, but there were a few there 🙂
One of our absolute favorite places to visit in Arkansas is Hot Springs. We celebrated our first anniversary there and have been there numerous times. I was actually there, sitting in the hot baths, when J.C. called to tell me the house was burning down. And guess what?! I still like it!
There’s so much to do in Hot Springs. First off, let’s mention Bathhouse Row. The bathhouses and their therapeutic waters, which are from natural hot springs, have been standing for at least 100 years. Some of them have been beautifully renovated and still function as bath houses, including the Quapaw Bath House, where is where we like to visit. You can stay in their hot baths all day for just $18. Click here for more info and history about Bathhouse Row.
Some of the other funs things to do there include Magic Springs and Crystal Falls and the infamous Arlington Hotel, where Al Capone had his own room and a secret underground tunnel that connected to his casino/club across the street. That casino is now the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum. There’s also lots of shopping in Hot Springs. I’ve also always wanted to go to the horse races, just to see the pretty horses and to wear the fabulous hat. If you need any other ideas, just ask.
Next up, Fayetteville! Man, I love it there. I think everybody that’s ever been loves it there. It’s so nice. There are mountains, shopping, the RAZORBACKS! Wooo Pig Sooiieee! It’s a tradition for J.C. and I to go to a game each year for our anniversary. We normally do something else, but a football game is normally a must.
We’re going to the Arkansas vs. Ole Miss game this year. I’m so excited I can’t stand it!
A few other nice places and things to do include:
– Our state capital, Little Rock… so much to do, so little time
– Float the Buffalo River
– Thrift shops/antique stores/flea markets all over Arkansas
Then, there’s a few things that in 24 years, I’ve yet to do. One of them is to visit the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds in Murfreesboro. You pay a few bucks and then get to dig for diamonds all day. And people normally find some. How cool! The other activity I want to experience is a Travelers baseball game, which was an item I wanted to
cross off my summer bucket list. Wanna know what’s cool? The tickets are only $12! I’m super excited and want to go to a game as soon as we get a chance.
So, do you NOW have any plans to stay in Arkansas (if you already live here) or visit… if you don’t live here? You should make those plans, quick and in a hurry. We have a lot to offer. Now, get off of this blog and go make some plans!
P.S. Our state is also beautiful. Really beautiful. Here’s some evidence. This tree was right down the road from our old house.