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Old 05-05-2018, 12:49 PM
 
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My family and I are relocating from California to the Little Rock/Conway area. We have family there and have visited the area once before. Besides what our family already has in mind, what are some of the things we have to visit/see in order to really get the feel of Arkansas? I been told I have to attend at least 1 Razorback football game.
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Old 05-05-2018, 03:56 PM
 
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Rent a cabin at Petit Jean State Park and explore the mountaintop park (pronounced "Petty Gene"). Watch the sun go down over Cedar Creek Canyon from the natural stone ledges behind the breezeway at Mather Lodge. Have breakfast at the nearby Mather Lodge and get Petit Jean bacon. Play on the turtle rocks.

Check out the Toad Suck Festival, named for the historic Arkansas River ferry near Conway.

Go on a float trip.

Visit Blanchard Springs Caverns and see a traditional music performance at the nearby state park at Mountain Home.

Visit the Clinton Presidential Library.

Dig for quartz crystals at the mines near Hot Springs or Mt. Ida.

Visit a bathhouse in Hot Springs, and get the full treatment.

Dig for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

Enjoy home cookin' at the Old Sawmill Restaurant in Forrest City, and explore Crawley's Ridge later. You can find similar treats at the Home Plate Restaurant, next to the baseball field in Jessieville (near the crystal mines, north of Hot Springs on Scenic Seven).

Check out the world's largest watermelons, from Hope, Arkansas.

Great barbecue can be found all over.

Visit the A Q Chicken House in Springdale (near Fayetteville). It's an institution - been there since the 1947 and still going strong.

Hike in the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests.

Visit the wineries near Altus, Little Italy, and Tontitown. Most host festivals with an international flair.

Drive up or down Scenic (highway) Seven. Pack a picnic lunch.

Visit Mt. Magazine and check out the luxurious lodge on top. Don't miss the visitor center, located separately.

Visit the historic fort at Fort Smith, rich in pioneer and Civil War history.

Drive the Talimena Drive over to Oklahoma and check out the Queen Wilhelmina Inn in the eponymous state park.

Climb Pinnacle (mountain) just outside of Little Rock.

Check out the concerts and festivals on the River Walk in downtown Little Rock.

Buy some Razorback gear so you'll be in style next fall.

Enjoy proximity to your family!
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Old 05-07-2018, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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Good list above. I would add the following:

- visit all of the historic districts in Little Rock...beautiful homes and shopping

- visit Eureka Springs in NW Arkansas! My favorite "destination" city in the state...very unique and historic downtown that is European in flavor, and the winds its way through the Ozark hills. Love it!

- visit Thorncrown Chapel just outside of Eureka Springs, designed by the famed E. Fay Jones in the 1980's. Named a U.S. Top Ten architectural destination of the 20th Century.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:38 PM
 
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What is wrong with Pine Bluff?
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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What is wrong with Pine Bluff?
It's a city 30 years in decline SE of Little Rock that people love to dog pile.
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Old 05-09-2018, 10:01 PM
 
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Absolutely have to add a day t visit to Crystal Bridges in Bentonville to your Arkansas to-do list, followed by a walk around the Bentonville square where you can check out Sam Walton's first store (now a museum) and grab a bite to eat or a beer nearby.
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Old 05-10-2018, 12:32 AM
 
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Dude! You're in for a huge culture shock.
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:02 PM
 
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What is wrong with Pine Bluff?
its a huge sht hole that is 98% full of drugs,thugs,crime, and no jobs.
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:07 PM
 
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Rent a cabin at Petit Jean State Park and explore the mountaintop park (pronounced "Petty Gene"). Watch the sun go down over Cedar Creek Canyon from the natural stone ledges behind the breezeway at Mather Lodge. Have breakfast at the nearby Mather Lodge and get Petit Jean bacon. Play on the turtle rocks.

Check out the Toad Suck Festival, named for the historic Arkansas River ferry near Conway.

Go on a float trip. Do the caddo! or the buffalo!

Visit Blanchard Springs Caverns and see a traditional music performance at the nearby state park at Mountain Home.

Visit the Clinton Presidential Library. Content is great, designed is terrible. ( double wide on sticks)

Dig for quartz crystals at the mines near Hot Springs or Mt. Ida. Just be careful as some land is private property now.

Visit a bathhouse in Hot Springs, and get the full treatment. THIS!.. but besure to shop locally on things.

Dig for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. Ready for mud baths! Bring some good shovels and buckets. You can rent them cheap and get your deposit back .

Enjoy home cookin' at the Old Sawmill Restaurant in Forrest City, and explore Crawley's Ridge later. You can find similar treats at the Home Plate Restaurant, next to the baseball field in Jessieville (near the crystal mines, north of Hot Springs on Scenic Seven).

Check out the world's largest watermelons, from Hope, Arkansas. Add Old Washington Events to this

Great barbecue can be found all over.

Visit the A Q Chicken House in Springdale (near Fayetteville). It's an institution - been there since the 1947 and still going strong.

Hike in the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests. YES and bring some spray!

Visit the wineries near Altus, Little Italy, and Tontitown. Most host festivals with an international flair.

Drive up or down Scenic (highway) Seven. Pack a picnic lunch.

Visit Mt. Magazine and check out the luxurious lodge on top. Don't miss the visitor center, located separately.

Visit the historic fort at Fort Smith, rich in pioneer and Civil War history.

Drive the Talimena Drive over to Oklahoma and check out the Queen Wilhelmina Inn in the eponymous state park.

Climb Pinnacle (mountain) just outside of Little Rock.

Check out the concerts and festivals on the River Walk in downtown Little Rock. Not sure if they are going to do riverfest any time soon? movies in the park is nice

Buy some Razorback gear so you'll be in style next fall. I would wait and see how well you like our team, as we have not won anything worth mentioning about in decades.

Enjoy proximity to your family!
Bold is what i know, rest is unknown.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:46 PM
 
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Please don't bring the ridiculous taxes, high cost of living and government mandates with you. Thanks.
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