One Tank Travels: Jonesboro

We invite you to have “More Fun Per Gallon” in Arkansas this year. Each day we will be blogging on different Arkansas destinations which can be reached on one tank of gas or less. This is basically every corner of The Natural State. We hope these suggestions help you in planning a trip to remember.

Today’s Trip: Jonesboro

Today’s “One Tank Travel” suggestion in the Arkansas Delta is Jonesboro. Located along Crowley’s Ridge in northeast Arkansas, it continues to be one of Arkansas’s fastest growing communities.

There’s also something for everyone in Jonesboro!

There are great options for family fun. Check out the Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. It’s a fun and insightful way to learn more about Crowley’s Ridge, its geography and topography, and the “critters” that call the region home. Don’t miss the 16-minute film, complete with special effects and animation, which explains the formation of the ridge. Hands-on exhibits tell the story of the plants and wildlife that call the area home. There’s also the ASU Museum, located on the grounds of Arkansas State University. Exhibits tell the story of the region’s history from prehistory to today, including great hands-on activities for all ages.

Looking for some outdoor fun, visit Lake Frierson State Park for a picnic, camping, fishing, boating or hiking. On Target Family Sports Complex offers miniature golf, batting cages, and driving ranges.  

Jonesboro offers great shopping options. The Mall at Turtle Creek features large retailers and smaller shops and boutiques, in addition to a play area for the kids and a food court. Downtown Jonesboro is home to a variety of shops, antiques stores, spas and restaurants.

When it’s time to grab a bite to eat, there are great restaurant options guaranteed to please even the pickiest palate. If you’re in the mood for pizza, I’d suggest Upper Crust Pizza, a personal favorite. Godsey’s Downtown Grill and Omar’s Restaurant are also local favorites. Jonesboro offers a variety of restaurants that will make the whole group happy. Click here for a list of restaurants in Jonesboro.

If your plans include an overnight stay, check out West Washington Guest House Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1914, the beautiful house features 12 bedrooms, all named after famous Arkansans. If the kids are wanting to swim and the weather isn’t cooperating, check out the Holiday Inn, which features an indoor pool. There are plenty of lodging options in Jonesboro. For more information, click here.

So fill your tank, grab the family and head to Jonesboro for the day, the weekend or the entire week! Safe travels!

Kim Williams


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