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Arkansas - A Real Diamond in the Rough
by CL Hendricks

Arkansas features many attractions that will satisfy every member of your family. Mountain retreats, leisurely cruises on a historic steamboat, or hot spots in a modern metropolis can all be found in Arkansas.

Within the boundaries of Arkansas one can find mountains, rivers, primordial forests and miles of hiking trails. Cornerstone Mountain Retreat, near Hatfield, in the Ouachitas Mountain region features modern cabins and family activities.

At the Harmony Mountain Retreat, near Jasper, visitors can walk for miles in pristine forests. Outdoor enthusiasts can try their hand at fly fishing on the North Fork River, Little Red River or Buffalo National River, in the Ozark Mountains.

White River National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few primordial forests in the country.

Crater of Diamonds State Park, near Murfreesboro offers visitors a chance to dig for real diamonds.

Blanchard Springs Caverns located in the Ozark Mountains offers guided tours.

Hot Springs National Park is a historic landmark that offers families a wide variety of activities.

Family vacationers who fancy leisurely walks through museums will not be disappointed. Arkansas features cultural and historical museums that include the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, located near Little Rock has naval vessels on site.

The Cadron Settlement Park near Conway features a portion of the Cherokee Trail of Tears, restored blockhouse, and handicap accessible trails.

The Plantation Agriculture Museum near Little Rock is part of the National Park System. Blacksmithing demonstrations, old time farming demonstrations and a museum of agricultural tools and exhibits provide something for every family member.

The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad Park, Fort Smith, the Museum of Automobiles near Morrilton, and Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame in Pine Bluff are just a few of the hundreds of unique museum and historical sights that Arkansas has to offer.

Thrill seekers will discover that Magic Springs and Crystal Falls will provide them with the excitement that they crave. The Arkansas Twister, one of the last remaining wooden roller coasters, is sure to be a memorable ride. The Gauntlet and X-Coaster will round out the visit. Nestled inside this amusement park is a water park. Featuring a state of the art wave pool, a water raceway and family picnic area; Magic Springs will surely please everyone.

Animal lovers will find Arkansas offers plenty of aquariums, plus private and public zoos to visit. The Little Rock Zoo features a petting zoo and an aquarium. Both the Crossett and Rockwell Zoos do as well. Many private petting zoos like the Piney and Sherwood Zoos have many family-oriented activities.

With so many things to see and do, an Arkansas family vacation may just be what you are seeking!

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways

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