Staycation Ideas in North West Arkansas

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Trying to have fun with the family without spending a lot of money?  Look no further than the state of Arkansas, your own state, for some great places to visit and explore!  These can be day trips or one night excursions that won’t break the bank and the entire family will enjoy!

Terra Studios

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Terra Studios, home of the Original Bluebird of Happiness, is a must see attraction in North West Arkansas.   The property has a ten acre art garden and soon they will have a Troll Garden.

Devil’s Den State Park

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Devil’s Den is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world.  The trails are easy for kids to hike, clean and well taken care of and the views are amazing!  I usually go as a day trip, (as seen here)  but there is camping, cabins, paddle boats, horseback riding and much, much more!  For all state park info, check out the Arkansas State Park website (here).

Crater of Diamonds State Park

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If you got the chance to dig for diamonds, would you do it?  If so, check out the only diamond producing site, in the WORLD,  that is open to the public! Start you adventure today!  Check out the Crater of Diamonds State Park website for what to bring and where to go! (here)

Clinton Presidential Library

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Are you a history buff?  The Clinton Presidential Library features exhibits, special events, educational programs and replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room.

Crystal Bridges

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Crystal Bridges is another one of my favorite places to go in North West Arkansas!  Take a lazy walk on the art trail or step inside the magnificent walls of the museum and experience art from the 19th century to modern day treasures.

 

Gentry Wild Safari

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Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh my!  Check out exotic animals at the Gentry Wild Safari less than an hours drive away  from anywhere in NWA.

Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

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Take a moment to get immersed in nature by visiting the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks.  Moonflowers and Mojitos returns to the gardens Thursday, June 13 and includes mojitos, music of the band Got It Covered, nibbling on hors d’ouevres, viewing the art work of Greg Moore and Kathy Snodgrass, all in the beautiful summertime atmosphere of the Garden.  Check out all events (here).

Farmer’s Markets

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The Farmer’s Markets in North West Arkansas are fantastic.  Fayetteville farmers market (here), Springdale farmers market, Bentonville farmers market (here) , Eureka Springs farmers market (here) and Madison County farmers market (here).  For other Farmers Markets, check out this site.

 

 

Pigeon Roost Trail- the long loop

I’ve hiked Pigeon Roost Trail a few times, but I had always hiked the shorter of the 2 trails.. the 4 mile trail.  On the day I had nowhere to be at any specific time, so we decided to go for a hike on the longer Pigeon Roost Trail…the 8.5 mile trail.

 

The trail is a moderate to strenuous trail.  The 4 mile trail is moderate and the further you go you will hit the more strenuous sections.  It is indeed a workout!  The nice thing about the trail is that a majority of it is shaded and much cooler than the city.  There is also a nice bench overlooking the lake which is a great place to have lunch and fuel up before the big hike begins.

We had only brought 3 bottles of water which was not enough.  I suggest that during the hot months of summer, 2-3 bottles of water per person.  By the time we were done, we were out of water and extremely parched.  Our first stop after the hike was a small grocery store to buy water and an ice cold fountain drink.  Both were sucked dry within minutes!

We definitely  got a great workout while enjoying the beautiful nature that Arkansas is known for.  It was a great day off to connect and reflect.

For more info and directions:  Arkansas State Parks

Best Fireworks in North West Arkansas

Looking for the best fireworks in North West Arkansas for the 4th of July?  Here are the ones I have found, but if you are planning on displaying your own, you may want to rethink.  Setting off fireworks in Fayetteville will be banned through the 4th of July unless rain comes to the region.  If you are caught using fireworks in the city you could  be issued a $120 citation.

Tuesday, July 3

Bella Vista Independence Day Fireworks
Where: Loch Lomond Dam
What: Fireworks display, sponsored by the City of Bella Vista.
Time: 8 p.m.
More info: bellavistapoa.com

11th Annual Ventris Trail’s End Resort Fireworks Display 
Where: Ventris Trail’s End Resort
What: Fireworks display, intended to be viewed on a boat from Beaver Lake.
Time: 8 p.m.
More info: rogerslowell.com

Rogers, Arkansas Fireworks Display
Where: Veterans Park
What: Fireworks display
Time: 9 p.m.
More info: rogersarkansas.com

Wednesday, July 4

Uptown Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks Display
Where: Northwest Arkansas Mall
What: Daytime activities include a fashion show and an ice cream eating contest inside the mall. Boom Kinetic! and Singing Men of Arkansas will perform outside the mall beginning at 6 p.m., and a fireworks display will begin at around 9:15 p.m.
Time: Indoor activities begin at 2 p.m. Fireworks start at around 9:15 p.m.
More info: northwestarkansasmall.com

Fourth at the Field
Where: Arvest Ballpark
What: The NWA Naturals are away on the 4th this year, but there’s a party at Arvest Ballpark anyway. Activities include inflatables and on-field activities for the kids, live music by Wes Hart Band, and a fireworks show.
Time: Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks start at around 8:45 p.m.
More info: milb.com