Top 10 Arkansas Attractions


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Have you been feeling bored and restless at work? Why not do something fun and spontaneous by packing your bags and heading to an exciting new place you have never been to before? One of the most visited places in the country is the gorgeous state of Arkansas. You, your family and your friends will have a lot of things to see and do here. If you are currently thinking of making Arkansas your next travel destination, here are the top ten attractions that you should visit.
Arkansas Arts CenterArkansas Arts Center
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1: Arkansas Arts Center

Satisfy your craving for art and culture right here at the Arkansas Arts Center. Stare in awe and marvel at the museum's beautiful exhibits such as Paintings by Emily Moll Wood, Ties That Bind: Southern Art and Art in Context. You can also purchase tickets to watch wonderful stage plays by the talented Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theater for an evening of music, comedy, drama and entertainment.

Website:

www.arkarts.com

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Little Rock ZooLittle Rock Zoo

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2: Hot Springs National Park

Nicknamed "The American Spa", the Hot Springs National Park attracts thousands of tourists every year. Stroll through the eight bath houses along the Grand Promenade then hike through some of the park's 26 miles of trails. Drive through scenic roads and have a lovely picnic by the Gulpha Creek. Most importantly, don't forget to have a wonderful, warm, and relaxing traditional bath at the Buckstaff Bath House.

Website:

www.nps.gov/hosp

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WMagic Springs and Crystal FallsWMagic Springs and Crystal Falls
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3: Magic Springs and Crystal Falls

Craving for some thrill, action and adventure? Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Water and Theme Park has it all for you. Enjoy some of the most breathtaking thrill rides like the Arkansas Twister, Plummet Summit and the Sky Shark. If you are visiting the park with your kids, check out some family-friendly rides like the Rum Runner Pirate Ship, Razorback Roundup Bumper Cars and the Diamond Mine Coaster. You can also spend a few hours at the water park where you can splash your way through thrilling slides, exciting wave pools, and relaxing lagoons.

Website:

www.magicsprings.com

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Little Rock Central High School National Historic SiteLittle Rock Central High School National Historic Site
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4: Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Recognized for its pivotal role in the desegregation of public schools in the country, Little Rock Central High School was named a National Historic Site in the recent years and currently attracts hundreds of visitors every year. Here you can explore interactive exhibits and you can walk through the galleries while listening to audio-visual guides to learn more about the site's history.

Website:

www.nps.gov/chsc

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Little Rock ZooLittle Rock Zoo
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5: Little Rock Zoo

Little Rock Zoo is the perfect place to bring your little ones so that they can interact, explore, discover and learn all about the animal kingdom. The zoo serves as a hands-on classroom where learning about animals is fun and interactive. You can enroll your children in the Zoofari Camp where they can learn about animals through enjoyable activities, crafts and games.

Website:

www.littlerockzoo.com

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Arkansas State CapitolArkansas State Capitol
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6: Arkansas State Capitol

Architecture enthusiasts will marvel at how beautiful this Arkansas State Capitol building is. Constructed between 1899 and 1915, this structure is a perfect example of the neo-classical architecture of the early 20th century. By going on a guided tour of the building and the grounds surrounding it, you will learn more about the state's history. Before leaving the grounds, make sure to drop by the State Capitol Gift Shop for some unique souvenir items.

Website:

www.sos.arkansas.gov

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Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting ZooArkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

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7: Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo

The Arkansas Alligator Farm and Petting Zoo offers you a truly unique experience. Here you can watch their live alligator pet feeding shows, interact and play with donkeys, monkeys, sheep and pygmy goats at the petting zoo and best of all, you can actually pet a real live alligator. How's that for a fun story to show and tell to your friends back home?

Website:

www.arkansasalligatorfarm.com

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Arkansas Air & Military MuseumArkansas Air & Military Museum
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8: Arkansas Air & Military Museum

The Arkansas Air & Military Museum is home to vintage aircrafts ranging from the golden era of aviation to the jet era. The exhibits in the museum displays variety of military vehicles, aircraft, and artifacts. Some of the aircrafts in the museum are the country's only surviving varieties of aircraft that belong to the golden era of aviation as well as World War I. This museum is definitely worth the visit if you are any kind of history or aircraft buff.

Website:

www.arkansasairandmilitary.com

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Crater of Diamonds State ParkCrater of Diamonds State Park

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9: Crater of Diamonds State Park

Known as the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public, the Crater of Diamonds State Park provides you with a unique experience that you will never forget. Hunt through more than 37 and a half acres of plowed field which is the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater. If you are lucky, you might chance upon diamonds and some semi-precious stones that were brought about by the eruption of a volcano some 100 million years ago.

Website:

www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com

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Garvan Woodland GardensGarvan Woodland Gardens
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10: Garvan Woodland Gardens

Explore the gorgeous flora of Arkansas right here at the Garvan Woodland Gardens. Stroll through rows and rows of beautiful gardens such as the Ellen Edmondson Great Lawn, the Hixson Family Nature Preserve, and the Dierks Promenade. Learn how to conserve the environment at the Bonsai Garden and Learning Center. Take lots of pictures, make tons of memories, and have fantastic stay at the Gardens.

Website:

www.garvangardens.org

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