Things to do in Jonesboro
There’s plenty to do in Jonesboro for all ages. A great start is Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center, which tells the story of the unique ridge that traverses the Arkansas segment of the Mississippi Delta with indoor and outdoor exhibits, films and trails. The nature center joins nearby Craighead Forest Park through three distinct walking/hiking trails.
Visitors will find a variety of attractions on the Arkansas State University campus. The ASU Museum interprets the rich history of the Crowley's Ridge region and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, one of only seven museums in Arkansas to receive the sought-after designation. The Fowler Center is home to some of the finest artistic performance and exhibition space in the region. Within the Fowler Center is the Bradbury Art Museum, featuring changing exhibitions of contemporary art and offering programs that promote the understanding of art and its significance to society. Nearby is First National Bank Arena, a 10,475-seat multi-purpose facility, concert venue and home to the Red Wolves basketball team.
Jonesboro is also a Main Street Arkansas community, with a beautiful downtown district with an amazing culture and a historic past. The area is home to the Foundation of Arts (comprised of the Forum Theatre and the Arts Education Center), as well as an eclectic variety of retail shops and restaurants.
Nearby visitors will find Porch:30 Garden and Games, an outdoor space that’s completely family-friendly…bring Fido with you. You can hang out with friends outdoors, play giant Jenga and corn hole, eat scrumptious food, sip a beverage and just have a great time.
Downtown Jonesboro is also home to Gearhead Outfitters, founded in 1997 with a mission to bring the active mountain lifestyle to the owner’s hometown. Now the company has now grown into a nationwide brand with 18 stores across the United States.
And if you’re craving some outdoor time, don’t miss a visit to Lake Frierson State Park, just 10 miles north of downtown Jonesboro. Located on the shores of 335-acre Lake Frierson, the park is an easy, laid-back place to relax and enjoy year-round fishing for bream, catfish, crappie and bass. Nearby are picnic sites, a pavilion, playground, hiking trails, a launch ramp and fishing pier. The park’s visitor center includes nature exhibits and a bait shop. Fishing boats, kayaks, and pedal boats are available for rent.