SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS: ATTRACTIONS.
Hot Springs Gallery Walk--Downtown galleries stay open late with music and refreshments, first Friday of each month. Call (501) 624-0550.
Murphy Arts District--With its grand opening in September, 2017, the downtown El Dorado district features or will feature a 7,000-capacity ampitheater, restaurants, movie theater, farmers market pavilion, park, playscape, splash pad and more. The goal is to provide El Dorado with creative outlets to explore music, dance, theater, art and food in fun and immersive ways that hold true to the people and culture of El Dorado. Call (870) 863-4547 or visit www.EldoMAD.com.
Southern Arkansas University Brinson Fine Arts Building--Award-winning building with gallery of artworks by national and international artists, faculty and students Magnolia. Call (870) 235-4242 or visit Web. SAUMag.edu.
Hot Springs Concert Band--An 80-member band, the largest community band in the state rehearsing and performing year round, performs four indoor and seven outdoor concerts annually, offering something for all musical tastes. For ticket information, call (501) 984-1678 or visit www.HotSpringsBand.org.
Ouachita Baptist University Jones Performing Arts Center--Features numerous musical and dramatic productions, including appearances by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Arkadelphia. Call (870) 245-5563.
Perot Theatre--Located in downtown Texarkana, Texas, the beautiful, restored theater has been a landmark since 1924 when it opened as the Saenger Amusement Company's "Gateway to the Southwest" theatre. Fully restored by the city in 1979-80, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places and annually hosts the Perot Theater series and numerous rentals throughout the year. Call (903) 792-4992 or visit www.TRAHC.org.
South Arkansas Arts Center--Gallery, theater, performing arts and workshops. On Fifth Street in El Dorado. Call (870) 862-5474 or visit www.SAAC-Arts.org.
Bathhouse Row--Hot Springs' downtown historic district with many shops, art galleries and restaurants. Call the Hot Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 772-2489 or visit www.HotSprings.org.
Belle of Hot Springs--Triple-deck sightseeing boat on Lake Hamilton available for lunch and the sunset dinner cruises as well as other special cruises. Call (501) 525-4438 or visit www.BelleRiverBoat.com.
Camden Driving Tours--Self-guided driving tour of homes in Camden. Call (870) 836-6426.
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls--A family theme amusement park featuring water slides, carnival rides and concerts in the park's amphitheater. Located in Hot Springs. Open May-September. Call (501) 624-0100 or visit www.MagicSprings.com.
Oaklawn Racing and Gaming--Offers thoroughbred racing from late January through mid-April and also simulcasting and gaming. On Central Avenue in Hot Springs. Call (800) 625-5296 or visit www.Oaklawn.com.
Civil War Battleground State Parks--Poison Spring, west of Camden, Marks' Mills, east of Fordyce, and Jenkins' Ferry, south of Sheridan, preserve the sites of the Union Army's Red River Campaign. Outdoor exhibits and picnic sites. Call (888) 287-2757.
El Dorado Downtown Historic District--Shops and art deco Bialto Theatre on historic square containing architecture from the city's oil boom time of the 1920s and 1930s. On the National Register of Historic Places. Call (870) 863-6113 or visit GoEIDorado.com.
Hope/Clinton Center--Restored home where President Bill Clinton lived the first years of his life. 117 S. Hervey Street, Hope Call (870) 777-4455.
McCollum-Chidester House--Built in 1847, this house served as Civil War headquarters for Union Gen. Frederick Steele. Furnishings date from 1863. On Washington Street in Camden. Call (870) 836-9243.
Mena Historic Depot--Bestored 1920s Kansas City Southern Railroad Depot. Houses Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, a gift shop, tourist information and a museum featuring local history, railroad displays and works by local artists. Mena. Call (479) 394-8355 or visit www.VisitMena.com.
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources--Collects, conserves, interprets and exhibits examples of Arkansas' oil and brine industry. Focus is on the oil boom of the 1920s. Oil Field Park includes actual oil derricks and equipment. Near Smackover. Call (870) 725-2877 or visit www.AMNR.org.
Camden Visitors Center & Museum--Restored 1913 train depot houses railroad and Civil War memorabilia. Exhibits on renowned local products such as Camark pottery and Grapette soft drinks. On Adams Street in Camden. Call (870) 836-6426.
Dallas County Museum--Memorabilia of the late University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and exhibits on local history. On North Main Street in Fordyce. Call (870) 352-5262.
Gangster Museum of America--Focuses on the 1920s-1940s era of Hot Springs, highlighting the stories of notorious gangsters such as Lucky Luciano, Al Capone, Bugs Moran and Frank Costello, who vacationed in the Spa City. Call (501) 318-1717 or visit www.TGMOA.com.
Grant County Museum & Heritage Square--Displays on the Civil War, wildlife and pioneer life. Check out the restored Depressionera cafe in the collection of historic buildings. Sheridan. Call (870) 942-4496 or visit www.GrantCountyMuseumAR.com.
Hope Visitor Center & Museum--Exhibits on President Bill Clinton and railroad memorabilia. In a restored 1912 train depot in Hope Call (870) 722-2580.
Mid-America Science Museum--A hands-on museum that stimulates curiosity and answers questions about science. Near Hot Springs. Call (501) 767-3461 or visit www.MidAmencaMuseum.org.
PARKS AND RECREATION
Cossatot River State Park--Long known for its jagged rocks and surrounded by beautiful terrain. Primitive campsites. South of Mena. Call (870) 385-2201.
Crater of Diamonds State Park--Only public diamond mine in the world; visitors keep the diamonds they find. Visitors center reveals story of Arkansas' diamonds. Camping, picnic sites, trail and gift shop. Near Murfreesboro. Call (870) 285-3113 or visit www.CraterOfDiamondsStatePark.com.
Daisy State Park--Park facilities include 103 campsites, picnic areas, launch ramps, hiking trails, a motorcycle/mountain bike/ATV trail and playground. South of Hot Springs. Call (870) 398-4487 or visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com/Daisy.
DeGray Lake Resort State Park--Offers a lodge with plenty of space for meetings and gatherings. Fishing and sailing on the lake, golf and tennis. South of Hot Springs. Call (501) 865-5810 or visit www.DeGray.com.
Garvan Woodland Gardens--A world-class botanical garden developed by the University of Arkansas department of landscape architecture, on a 210-acre peninsula on Lake Hamilton. Call (501) 262-9300 or visit www.GarvanGardens.org.
Historic Downtown Hot Springs--Bestored buildings dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s house art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants and shops. The Arlington Hotel, built in 1875, was a favorite of Al Capone. Bathhouse Row offers eight, turn-of-the-20th century buildings including a visitor center and museum, along with an art gallery, spa and the oldest continuously operating bathhouse in Hot Springs. Call (501) 321-2277 or visit www.HotSprings.org.
Historic Washington State Park--Established in 1824, Washington was one of the vital stops on the Southwest Trail and capital of Arkansas during part of the Civil War. Antebellum homes and a re-created tavern inn, blacksmith shop, bladesmithing school and weapons museum. Near Hope. Call (870) 983-2684 or visit www.HistoricWashington-StatePark.com.
Hot Springs Mountain Tower--Ride or climb to the top of this 216-foot tower to enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains. Call (501) 881-4020.
Hot Springs National Park--Arkansas' only National Park. Noted for its thermal springs and bathhouses, hiking trails and summer interpretive programs. Call (501) 620-6715.
Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center--The restored Fordyce Bathhouse is both the visitor center for Hot Springs National Park and a museum for the thermal bathing industry. Call (501) 620-6715.
Lake Catherine State Park--Offers cabins, campsites, picnic areas, trails and playgrounds. Near Hot Springs. Call (501) 844-4176.
Lake Ouachita State Park--Huge 48,000-acre lake offers superb diving, sailing and fishing. Plenty of campsites and cabins available. Near Hot Springs. Call (800) 264-2441.
Logoly State Park--Park covers 368 acres with unique plants and minerals; focus is on environmental education. Group tent campsites, picnic sites, trails and exhibits. Near Magnolia. Call (870) 695-3561.
Millwood State Park--Bass, bass and more bass. Includes 117 campsites, a marina, a store and a 4-mile nature trail. Near Ashdown. Call (870) 898-2800.
Moro Bay State Park--Fishing and camping spot between El Dorado and Warren. Includes a marina and campsites. Call (870) 463-8555.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park--Queen Wilhelmina Lodge is named after royalty from the Netherlands. A miniature railroad, a miniature golf course and campsites. On Bich Mountain near Mena. Call (479) 394-2863 or visit www.QueenWilhelmina.com.
South Arkansas Arboretum--Native plants, exotic species, a pavilion and nature trails. At Mount Holly Boad and Timberlane in El Dorado. Call (870) 862-8131.
White Oak Lake State Park--Plenty of fishing, camping and bird watching. Near Camden. Call (870) 685-2748.
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