A lovely summer day is the ideal time for a picnic. The beautiful wooded setting of Pinnacle Mountain State Park and the Little Maumelle River in the background, plus good food and family and friends come together to make a perfect Arkansas experience.
Sitting beside Blanchard Springs as it gushes from the Ozark Mountains can sure help make you forget it is summer. It’s a great cooling and calming place to pause for a while when you’re exploring all the outdoor activities available at the U.S.D.A. National Forest Service site.
The crack of the bat, the smell of popcorn and don’t forget the Cracker Jack and hot dogs…..those are just some of the sounds and smells of America’s pastime. Arkansas has two minor league teams, the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in Springdale, pictured here. Play ball!
You can have the best of both worlds when taking a trip on the Belle of Hot Springs. You can be outdoors on the top deck or, if you prefer the comfort of air-conditioning, you’ll find that on the main level. Various cruises are offered including several offering dining options, plus special group tours. You can also get married.
Evidence of Helena’s role in the Civil War is seen throughout the Arkansas Delta town. Battery Park C, Maple Hill and Confederate Cemeteries, Fort Curtis, Freedom Park, Estevan Hall, and the Helena Riverpark are just a few of the sights to see. Also to be seen are Delta Cultural Center and the Helena Museum of Phillips County.
Camping, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and walking trails, two lakes, fishing and a swimming area are what await you at Mississippi River State Park. It’s an outdoor person’s delight. This gem is located in the Arkansas Delta at Marianna.
The age-old art of wine making is showcased in the Arkansas Wine Country. Wiederkehr, Post, Mount Bethel, Neumeier and Chateau Aux Arc are clustered around the Altus area with Cowie located at nearby Paris. Others are found in the northwest and north central part of the state. Most offer tours and tastings, like the one seen here offered at Wiederkehr Wine Cellars.
Ah, the joys of fun on and in the water during summer in The Natural State. With more than 600,000 acres of lakes, you have plenty of opportunities. Lake Greeson in southwest Arkansas is one of the five bodies of water in the region that are “diamond lakes.”
Good times and fine dining are found throughout the state in places such as the Grand Taverne Restaurant in Eureka Springs. Or you can choose from down-home cooking in a kicked-back atmosphere. There choices are plentiful so come ready to sample the cuisine that makes Arkansas special.
An annual summer ritual in Arkansas is savoring a sweet, juicy watermelon grown here. Both Cave City and Hope are famous for their crops and hold August festivals to celebrate. Hope’s claim to fame is the massive melons grown in the region, several of which have been world record holders, while Cave City proclaims their melons to be the world’s sweetest.
Yee Haw! Experience the Old West like it was it its heyday during the National Chuckwagon Races in Clinton. Held for 10 days around Labor Day weekend, this fast-moving event entices riders and spectators from around the country.
The Clinton Presidential Park Bridge in downtown Little Rock is a popular walking and biking thoroughfare. It is one of three pedestrian bridges in the Capital City which link Little Rock and North Little Rock. The others are the Junction and the Big Dam spans that are popular for bike riders, joggers, walkers and strollers.