The Natural State has its share of locations that are so natural they look absolutely out of this world. In addition to that, there are places around here where only the most intrepid of explorers venture. You’ll wonder if you’re still in Arkansas when you hit these fun spots and enjoy the entertainment. No matter if you’re above the ground or underground in one of the many caves in Arkansas, visiting these places just might make you feel like you’ve found a new dimension.
11. Cosmic Caverns
Known for being the warmest cave in the Ozarks at a year-round 62 degrees, Cosmic Cavern is located near Berryville, but you'll forget where you are if you browse the caverns long enough. Two cave lakes here are among the largest underground lakes in the Ozarks and are reported to be bottomless. One section of the cave, "Silent Splendor", houses a group of "soda straws" that's known as one of the longest straw-like cave formations in the Ozarks.
10. Quigley's Castle
Constructed in 1943 in Eureka Springs, Quigley's Castle is one structure that's really out of this world. Outside of the house visitors can see a museum of stones collected by the builder. The first floor of the house is surrounded by tropical plants that grow and extend all the way to the second floor of the house. The entire property is incredibly well designed and decorated!
9. Old Spanish Treasure Cave
The Old Spanish Treasure Cave is located in northwest Arkansas on Highway 59 between Sulphur Springs and Gravette. Visitors panning for gem stones, crystals and fossils is a popular activity offered at this cave, which stays at a constant 56 degrees year round. As legend has it, Spanish Conquistadors once traveled through the wilderness to find a wealth of gold. It is said that although the men returned home without their riches, an amount of gold that's estimated to be worth millions today was obtained and hidden in this cave along with maps that point to the treasure.
8. War Eagle Cavern
With a natural entrance located on Beaver Lake, War Eagle Cavern in Rogers is a very cool place to go exploring and leave behind the outside world for a little while. Everyone in the family will enjoy this trip. With no tight spots or steep stairs to climb, War Eagle Cavern is one of the easier caverns to explore and let your imagination wander.
7. Mystic Caverns
Mystic Caverns can be found in between Jasper and Harrison on scenic Highway 7. Often called the "twin caves", Mystic Caverns and Crystal Dome are situated within 400 feet of each other. The caves are open for public tours throughout the year except during the January flooding season. Both caves maintain a year-round temperature of 58 °F and contain more formations per foot than any other caves in the state.
6. Mid America Museum
Mid America Museum in Hot Springs is an amazing place where children and adults alike can let their imaginations go wild while browsing more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Be sure to check out the Science Skywalk that rises more than 30 feet above ground You'll have a memorable experience both indoors and outdoors here.
5. Bull Shoals Caverns
If you're one who thinks outside the bounds of normality and you're currently engaged, why not consider getting hitched at Bull Shoals Caverns? You'll be able to say your wedding was out of this world (and under the ground). Bull Shoals Caverns features amazing rock formations at a site that has been explored for millions of years. Take a trip and see the underground rainbow trout stream and the gorgeous waterfall at the back of the cave.
4. Blanchard Springs Caverns
Blanchard Springs Caverns can be found in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests in Stone County, north of Mountain View. Two caves are open for guided tours. The Dripstone Trail runs through the upper level of the caverns while the Discovery Trail on the second level runs through the middle of the cavern. A "Wild Cave" tour is also offered, allowing visitors access to undeveloped parts of the cave.
3. Onyx Cave
Cave can be found east of Eureka Springs and is the oldest show cave in Arkansas, having attracted visitors since 1893. Tours at Onyx Cave are guided by headsets which point out distinct rock formations and chambers to tourists. The cave stays at an average temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit year round and has only one accessible entrance, so visitors must exit the cave the way they entered. The cave contains a flowstone called cave onyx which has a similar appearance to onyx itself, hence the name 'Onyx Cave'.
2. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Open officially since 2007, the breathtaking Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in northeast Fayetteville features nine 'backyard gardens'. Each garden has a theme (i.e. the Ozark Native garden, the Butterfly House and garden, the Rose and Perennial garden, and the Japanese garden among others) that will leave visitors with the impression that they've traveled to several different scenic locations while remaining on six acres of gorgeous land.
1. Garvan Woodland Gardens
We absolutely can't get enough of looking at the beauty that Garvan Woodland Gardens has to offer. Previously mentioned as one of the most fairy tale places in Arkansas, this botanical garden near Hot Springs National Park has been artfully sculpted and landscaped to make you feel like you've entered a colorful fantasy land.
The mountain vistas and gorgeous valleys here in Arkansas are absolutely stunning and must see-attractions. In addition to that, these far-out places are worth exploring as well. Sound off and name other places around the Natural State that take you away from the usual sights you see everyday and into a new and interesting world!