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Multiple Regions- An Arkansas Adventure of "Grand" Proportions

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Day 1

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The best gift you can give your grandchildren is your time.  What better way to share that time and get away from it all than to do so in Arkansas!? We have designed a tour especially for you and your grandkids to enjoy and make long-lasting memories.

 

For you and younger kids, best enjoyed in spring, summer and into fall

 

 

Start the day early at the Little Rock Zoo. The Little Rock Zoo has more than 725 animals representing 200+ species.  Take a short drive downtown to the Little Rock River Market for lunch.  Dine at one of the many restaurants, and if you are there on Tuesday, check out the food and crafts market.  After your lunch break take a short ride on the River Rail Trolley.  This will take you on a 2.1 mile tour of the downtown area. After your trolley ride, head to the Museum of Discovery. This science and history museum offers high energy hands-on interactive exhibits. Make sure you check out the new bunny sculpture on the river side of the museum. Whew!  Are you ready for a break?  Take some time to rest and freshen up in your hotel room before heading to a baseball game.  Buy some peanuts and Crackerjacks and cheer the Arkansas Travelers to victory!  Return to your hotel room for some much needed rest and relaxation.



Day 2

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After a hearty breakfast, bunny-hop on the bus and head southwest to Murfreesboro.  We hope you brought your swim suit and sunscreen, because you can play at Crater of Diamonds State Park's own aquatic park, Diamond Springs.  But swimming is not the only thing you can do at Crater of Diamonds State Park! Try digging for a diamond, and if you're lucky enough to find one, you get to keep it!  Yes that's right - finder's keepers.  Have a nice picnic lunch on the grounds and go wildlife watching at the wildlife observation blind. Round everyone up and hop back on the bus because now we're heading to DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismark.  Take a leisurely afternoon or night (depending on if you can get the kids away from Crater) and explore the park's many hiking trails, its heated swimming pool, horseback rides or even the golf course.  Have a nice dinner at the lodge and enjoy your overnight stay.



Day 3

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Are you ready to become the most-loved grandparents in the world?  Travel to Hot Springs (via Scenic Highway 7) to Magic Springs/Crystal Falls Amusement Park.  It is 2 parks in one!  One side has rides; the other a water park.  Magic Springs was named one of the top 3 parks in the nation.  Enjoy the many thrill rides, family rides and just-for-kids rides.  Be prepared to stay a while; it's going to be hard to pull them away!  Have a nice slow pace dinner at one of the many delightful restaurants in Hot Springs, and retire for the evening in your hotel.  You've earned it!



Day 4

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Don't leave town until you've taken the kids for a round of miniature golf and a couple rounds at the go-cart track.  The Hot Springs Observation Tower is quite a thrill as well.  You will now head North. This trip isn't all about the kids, right? Get ready to do a little shopping in Van Buren. The Victorian town has 6 blocks of art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants.  If you're not in the shopping mood (or the kids aren't), take an excursion on the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad. This passenger trail will take you on a 3-hour tour of Arkansas's beautiful Boston Mountains. Travel on to Fort Smith for an overnight stay.



Day 5

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So vacations aren't only about fun and games.  The kids need to learn something on their adventure, right?  So take them to the Ft. Smith National Historic Site...for fun AND something to learn.  You will enjoy it too.  Take a walk along the Trail of Tears and see the remains of two frontier forts and the gallows used by the federal courts.  After you have visited the historic site, visit the Ft. Smith Museum of History.  The museum depicts the history and culture of the Ft. Smith area from Native Americans to present. Since you have stepped back in time for a while, visit The Park at West End.  This old-fashioned amusement park has a restored 1930's Ferris wheel, a hand-painted carousel from Italy, 1957 Pullman dining car and a penny arcade. Wrap up your trip with dinner – pizza maybe? - in downtown Ft. Smith.

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