Thursday, March 19, 2015
7 Ways To Spring Your Break in Arkansas.
You're in luck. Here are nine activities you might shoehorn into your week. Beware -- at this late date, it may be hard to find perfect accommodations, but you might be fortunate.
1. The hot ticket right now is the newly reopened MidAmerica Science Museum in Hot Springs. Long a favorite for those of my generation, today's kids want something more. And they're going to get it. There are 75 new exhibits to check out, along with a climbing wall and an outdoor skywalk. I'm dying to check it out -- and I will be, with my daughter Hunter, next week. I'm very curious to find out what this thing is:
White River. Put in below Bull Shoals Dam at Lakeview, Cotter or the likes. You may not catch a near-record like this guy did last week, but you'll have a good time and there are fish to be caught.
Arkansas Rock 'N' Roll Highway 67 Museum, which features vintage items from those clubs and from singers such as Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Then drive up to Walnut Ridge, walk the Guitar Walk that celebrates these musicians, and enjoy an afternoon at the only place in Arkansas where The Beatles stepped foot.
4. In Eureka Springs, get around with planes, trains and Trolley-mobiles. Visit Aviation Cadet World, a facility dedicated to the memory of air cadets that have flown for the United States. While you're there, examine historic aircraft and see how well you do in a flight simulator. Ride the famed Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway, a vintage train ride where you'll learn about the area's rail history and perhaps take in a meal. Or if you really like to get around and enjoy great culinary crafts, all aboard for Cafe Roulant, a rolling trolley that takes you around and serves you great food from area restaurants.
Here's a handy rail stop map.
6. Take a real road trip to adventure by going geocaching. Around a thousandgeocaches have been placed all over Arkansas, including along the Great River Road. It's a scavenger hunt that will take you to great places in history. Check out this great Geocaching website, which will share where many of these locations are around Arkansas.
Head to Blytheville to sample some of the best barbecue in the world. Sample some of Arkansas's famed cheese dips, or eat your way across The Natural State with a little pie.
Hunter and I have our own Spring Break plans. We're hitting the road and traveling Arkansas's longest state highway, Scenic Highway Seven, from Diamond City to El Dorado. Follow us all next week at Tie Dye Travels and Little Rock Family.