Unless you’re blessed enough to live here in Arkansas, there’s a chance you might not know these cool things are a thing. These are fun, fancy, creative and often off the wall places that out of towners don’t usually know about. Consider yourself enlightened about what’s going on in the Natural State and check these attractions and locations out:
12. Arkansas knows how to party, especially at the club.
VIDEO Arkansas nightlife isn't as quiet as some would expect. Clubs like Discovery in Little Rock and Eureka Live Underground in Eureka Springs make sure party animals have a place to go wild.
11. The comic conventions are lively experiences.
VIDEO There are a number of comic and sci-fi conventions held annually around the Natural State. The Little Rock Comic Con, ComiCon-Way, Konsplosion in Fort Smith, and ShadowCon in West Memphis are great examples of annual fan fests.
10. You can see pro wrestlers get their start.
Arkansas is always looking for its next "Psycho" Sid Vicious, you know. Arkansas Pro Wrestling in Siloam Springs trains young athletes to perform in the wrestling ring in front of live audiences. Check out a show and bring the kids to cheer on the good guys and boo the bad guys.
9. You'll find bikers with hearts of gold all around Arkansas.
It's not all "Sons of Anarchy" when you're on a motorcycle. Clubs who ride around the Natural State are very active with charity work and ministering to those in need. These are definitely fine people to know.
8. Check out the 'gravity hill' in Helena.
VIDEO Arkansas has its own mystery of physics going on in Helena. Stopping your vehicle on Sulphur Spring Road, located between Helena and West Helena, leads to a fun illusion that will have you feeling your car is rolling backwards up a hill.
7. Dine with your date in a romantic, authentic Italian restaurant.
VIDEO Ermilio's Italian Home Cooking, located in beautiful Eureka Springs on 26 White Street, is an excellent place to have a romantic evening and delicious entrees made from recipes from the Old Country.
6. You can get married in the most beautiful barns in the South here.
Rustic weddings are popular in Arkansas, and beautiful locations like Aldi's Magnolia Hill in Little Rock provide memorable and uniquely lovely settings for a bride and groom.
5. Experience downtown El Dorado.
VIDEO Downtown El Dorado always has something going on. The area has been revitalized with a number of shops and restaurants. You never know what you might see while taking a stroll downtown, either.
4. Experience the charm of the Hillcrest district.
VIDEO Many think Little Rock's south of Main Street district (the River Market area) is where it's at for a good time out. Don't forget; Before there was the River Market, there was Hillcrest. This district is alive with Little Rock history as well as a lively nightlife scene with restaurants and live music.
3. Baker Park in Cammack Village
Cammack Village in Little Rock is another charming location with a long history in the city. Summers in the Village are especially fun. Take the kids to Baker Park or swim at the Cammack Village pool.
2. Witness the rebirth of Dogpatch USA.
Once an abandoned theme park, Dogpatch USA in Marble Falls near Harrison has been revitalized. Now a location for artists to congregate, the area has remained virtually the same since the park closed in 1993.
1. Mildred B. Cooper Chapel
VIDEO Thorncrown Chapel gets a lot of the glory as being one of Arkansas's architectural wonders. The Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, constructed in 1988, deserves some praise as well.
Discover these unique locations around Arkansas as the weather gets warmer and spring fever sets in. Have fun around the Natural State finding out about new places. The rest of America should be so lucky to have such a diverse amount of attractions as well as being home to some of the country’s best scenic locations.