One Tank Travels: Pine Bluff

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: Pine Bluff
We’ve made it to another Friday and it’s time for my “installment” of One Tank Travels.
If you haven’t been to Pine Bluff recently, I encourage you to go and pay a visit!

This time of year, one of my FAVORITE things to do is visit the local farmers market and grab up some of the fresh fruits, berries, and produce. In Pine Bluff, there’s the Saracen Landing Farmers Market. Open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from May to October, you’ll find the freshest produce available as well as items created by local artisans. Click here to check out the website.

A must-see in Pine Bluff is the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, where you’re welcomed by a life-size animatronic statue of native son Johnny Cash. Exhibits feature costumes, memorabilia and instruments from Arkansans who became known throughout the world, including John Grisham, Ronnie Dunn, Charlie Rich, Levon Helm, K.T. Oslin, Conway Twitty and many others.

The Arkansas Railroad Museum houses a vast array of trail memorabilia, locomotives, railroad cars and railroad equipment. It’s also home to the restored steam locomotive 819, which was built in Pine Bluff in 1942.

The Delta Rivers Nature Center features a 20,000-gallon oxbow lake aquarium filled with native fish…that’s worth the trip right there! But there’s so much more! You’ll find exhibits explaining the natural history of the Arkansas Delta, live critters (turtles, gators and snakes…OH, MY!), and a movie that takes you on a “fly-over” of the Arkansas Delta.

Check out the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas as well. Part of the Arkansas Discovery Network, the center has some great hands-on exhibits for the kids but also wonderful art galleries for the adults.
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum gives visitors a wonderful overview of the history of the region. Located in the restored Union Station train depot, the museum features exhibits ranging from antique dolls to Native American and Civil War relics to local African-American history. Guided tours are available on request.

And, of course, I have to give you a few dining suggestions. I enjoy the Sno-White Grill, especially for breakfast. I’ve been told they have some of the best chicken and dumplings as a lunch special, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try them. There’s also Ann’s Country Café…and try the chicken fried steak. Here’s a list of some of the great restaurants you’ll find in Pine Bluff.

Have a great weekend!!

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