Tags archives: excursion

Visiting the Central Arkansas Nature Center

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism The Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock is located in the popular Riverfront Park district and is a year round option to head to when the call of the wild strikes in the city. There is no admission fee to browse through and inside, you will find displays and ex[...]

Accepting the Challenge of a New Year

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Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism For most people, a map is just a map — a useful planning tool, something handy to keep in the car. But for some, it can take on a meaning far greater than the fretwork of highways and rivers tracing its surface. When Tanya Reddin of Conway looks at a map, she sees an index to her m[...]

See Eagles and More at Popular DeGray Festival

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism For 39 years, January at DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck has been the scene of a special weekend dedicated to special bird: the American bald eagle. "Eagles Et Cetera is one of, if not the, longest running eagle conservation event in the state," said David Armstrong, Park[...]

Plan Ahead For Fun in the New Year

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Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism If the news of Riverfest's ceasing operations after its 40th season in 2017 punched a hole in your spring planning, never fear, because the Museum of Discovery announced in late November that it would be taking over Springfest, Riverfest's smaller, family-focused counterpart. This [...]

Bladesmithing Has Deep Roots in Arkansas

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism The popularity of the History Channel’s Forged in Fire series shows that interest is high in learning about the historic craft of bladesmithing. Arkansas has many connections to the art form and the state is home to many talented bladesmiths, some of whom have been showcased and won compe[...]

Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic Opens at the Malco

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Illusionist Maxwell Blade is a well-known personality of Hot Springs and many have caught one of his shows over the years at the Maxwell Blade Theatre of Magic. December 8 marks the grand opening of a new venue to catch these shows at: the historic Malco Theatre at 817 Central Avenue. Bla[...]

Four Family Hiking Ideas for Winter

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Jill Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Arkansas offers great winter weather for outdoor activities. Mild temperatures make hiking a great choice for warming up in cooler weather while also enjoying nature. The leafless trees of the season provide vantage points for sightseeing that are covered up when leaves deck the branch[...]

Fort Smith Celebrates 200th Birthday

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Jill Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Fort Smith has extra cause to celebrate on Christmas Day with the kickoff of its year-long bicentennial celebration. The initial event is set for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 25 at the Fort Smith National Historic Site, located at 301 Parker Ave. Re-enactors will portray the landing of [...]

Chinese Lantern Festival Lights Up Little Rock

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Katherine Stewart, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism For more than a month this winter, the Arkansas State Fairgrounds will be transformed into an illuminated wonderland. But unlike the holiday lights seen elsewhere around town and across the state, these colorful emanations have nothing to do with Christmas. Instead, they represent [...]

A Bright Holiday Season

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Kimberly J. Williams, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism For me, the holiday season means many things. But the thing I hold dearest in my heart... the thing I've been doing since I was a wee lass (yes, my grandfather's family was Irish!)... is gazing adoringly at holiday lights! It's a tradition my parents started with me before I cou[...]