Find Romance on the Water and in the Woods

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Roses and chocolates seem to epitomize the Valentine’s Day celebration, but there are plenty of other ways to show your significant other that you care. Arkansas State Parks offer some wonderful ways to celebrate.

Visit historic Mather Lodge on Petit Jean Mountain and be treated to a romantic weekend during Hikes, Hearts and Hugs set for Feb. 13-15 at Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton. Activities for couples include guided trail hikes. Admission is free. For reservations and detailed information, phone 501-727-5441 and visit www.petitjeanstatepark.com.

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers offers a Sweethearts Cruise from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 14 and 15 from Rocky Branch Marina. Spend the day in nature by taking this eagle watch cruise, guided by a park interpreter, on beautiful Beaver Lake. The cruise stops off at Ventris Trails End Resort for lunch before heading back to the marina. The event is limited to the first 10 couples or 20 individuals who sign up. Lifejackets are provided and must be worn at all times. Registration and pre-payment required. Call 479-789-5000 for more information and to register. The cost is $30 per person.

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At Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, enjoy a Valentine’s Dinner and Show on Feb. 13-14. The romantic dinner is at the park’s Skillet Restaurant, followed by an evening music show in the White Oak Auditorium. Stay overnight in a cozy lodge room. For reservations, contact the park at 870-269-3851. Visit www.ozarkfolkcenter.com for more information.