Vacations Close to Home: Arkansas

Tuesday, June 10 at 10:50 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

This is part one of a three-part series featuring entertainment and recreation within the Arvest footprint.

Looking to do a staycation this summer? Arkansas has a number of cool entertainment options to consider from Fayetteville down to Little Rock.

Fayetteville, Ark., tucked away in the Ozarks, is complete with mountain trails, running streams, serene lakes and breathtaking foliage. With over 64 parks, Fayetteville is home to many great attractions! South of Fayetteville is Devil’s Den State Park* – great for hiking and camping. Or, tour the Arkansas Air & Military Museum* located at Drake Field. Enjoy a Broadway production any time of year at the Walton Arts Center* along with many unique dining locations on Dickson Street. The Fayetteville Farmer’s Market* on the downtown square in the spring, summer and fall is a great place to enjoy local shopping and is currently voted third favorite in America, according to America’s Current Favorite Farmers Market. On Thursday evenings during the summer, you can find a concert at Gulley Park or stroll through the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.* Another spot you won’t want to miss is Terra Studios, home of the “Bluebird of Happiness” where you can explore the art park, sculpture gardens, fountains, murals, trails and more!
 
The rugged beauty and fascinating natural wonders of the Arkansas Ozark Mountain Region provide visitors with an exciting and inspiring array of year-round outdoor adventures and things to do. Stunning views of sparkling mountain rivers, clear-water lakes, magnificent waterfalls* and rocky mountain caverns provide a stunning backdrop for vacation fun. In mountain towns and villages, you'll get a unique look into Arkansas' rich history and an opportunity to experience the Ozark community's relaxed, modern-day lifestyle and friendly people. Enjoy year-round adventures such as world-class trout and lake fishing, clear water boarding and skiing, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, zip-lining* through the trees, canoeing on America's First National River* and golfing on pristine courses. For a less adventurous Ozark experience, you'll enjoy shopping in mountain villages and relaxing in beautiful resorts, secluded cabins or family lodges.

Siloam Springs, Ark., offers rest at its best. The town itself has everything -- theaters, stores, restaurants, shops and hotels -- but what makes Siloam Springs special is the heart of it all. The scenic downtown is built around fountain-filled Sager Creek, and three beautifully-landscaped parks frame the downtown and natural waterway. The paved Dogwood Springs Walking Trail* is perfect for biking, walking, skating or running. Local parks host tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, gazebos, pavilions, two skate parks, tended flower beds and lots of inviting green space. The walkable, historic downtown offers several clothing boutiques, antique stores and two delightfully unique coffee shops. Also downtown is an authentic Italian pizzeria and the award-winning 28 Springs* restaurant and bar. Weekends offer music in the park, a bountiful farmers market, local live concerts and outdoor movies. If you seek outdoor adventure, then you’ll enjoy visiting the newly completed kayak park on the beautiful Illinois River. Life in Siloam Springs is rich, slow and authentic – come and stay awhile!

Little Rock, Ark., the Arkansas state capitol, offers the perfect balance between the outdoors and urban life. Winding nearly 90 miles through Little Rock and North Little Rock, the Arkansas River Trail* connects thousands of hikers, cyclists, skaters, joggers and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts to a diversity of habitats, landscapes and activities, including popular attractions such as Pinnacle Mountain and the Big Dam Bridge. The heart of the Little Rock nightlife scene has become the River Market District,* which is home to bars, live music, restaurants and shops. The district is also located next to a large outdoor amphitheater at Riverfront Park, where concerts, movie nights and festivals with well-known performers are often held, and is within minutes of Verizon Arena.* Little Rock is also home to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra* and Ballet Arkansas,* both of whom perform at Robinson Center Music Hall. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre* and several theaters, comedy clubs, jazz and blues bars, and energetic dance clubs also host other events in Little Rock. Other attractions include the Little Rock Zoo* and a myriad of museums, including the Arkansas Arts Center,* the Historic Arkansas Museum* and the Museum of Discovery.*

Check out our myCommunity Pinterest board* for more recreation options near you. Whether you prefer the outdoors or the arts, there’s surely a part of Arkansas you can visit to get your fill!

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Fayetteville, Little Rock, North Central Arkansas, Siloam Springs
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