Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie
Everyone knows the city of Stuttgart for its ducks, its rice and its Mack’s (Prairie Wings). But there’s another magnet within the town, one that pays tribute to the county’s rich and legendary heritage.
The Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie was created in 1974 by lifelong Arkansas County residents, Bennie Burkett and Jack Crum. Over the years, the museum has expanded, but the original vision has remained in keeping it a preservation and celebration of the past.
Altogether, the museum encompasses more than 20,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Prairie Church is a replica of the original Emanuel Lutheran Church, which was active from 1886 to 1950. The Waterfowl Wing features all things feathers, showcasing the birds that have made Stuttgart the Duck Capital of the World, including the sounds and mounts of different species, indigenous art and other historical artifacts. The museum is currently expanding space to accommodate the Arkansas Waterfowler Hall of Fame. And in remembrance of rice, the agricultural sector that has been the region’s largest industry for decades, there is a collection of old farm equipment, including hay balers and tractors more than 100 years old.
Altogether, more than 10,000 artifacts are on display at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie, each as unique and historic as the last. Mark a trip to Stuttgart on your calendar to see for yourself what makes Arkansas County so special.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs
Spring is the perfect time to go WILD for wildlife at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) in Eureka Springs. This nonprofit sanctuary is home to a variety of exotic and native animals — think lions, tigers and bears (Oh my!) — and is a “Top Ten” family attraction and ethical animal tourism destination in the Natural State.
The organization is also one of only a handful of big cat facilities in the nation accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, so a visit to the refuge is appropriate for all animal lovers interested in advocating for animals in need. Legitimate sanctuaries like TCWR are a sharp contrast to exploitative roadside operations too. So don’t let negative experiences at other facilities keep you from visiting this true Arkansas treasure. Just check out their social media — or better yet, go to TripAdvisor and other online review sites — to learn why the Refuge has earned praise from hundreds of thousands of guests.
The Turp team’s passion for protecting survivors of the exotic animal trade and their ambition to provide a positive guest experience is evident in everything they do. They give their animal residents huge natural grass habitats to enjoy, and the animals are often seen pouncing and playing on fun toys and other enrichment throughout the day. But the team pampers their (human) lodging residents as well by offering an unforgettable Africa in the Ozarks experience in their family-friendly and adults-only accommodations.
What’s more is they’ll be hosting one of Arkansas’ most unique events — their annual Kite Festival — on Saturday, March 28. The event is FREE to attend and often becomes a family tradition for those wanting to get out of town!
So go WILD for wildlife and be sure to visit www.TCWR.org for more information about this amazing sanctuary.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Springdale
Get away to the Ozarks and immerse yourself in its history at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. This free museum has engaged, informed and inspired since 1968, and takes its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s.
Most of what you’ll see at the museum highlights the real shapers of Ozark history — the everyday men, women and children who lived in our towns and rural communities. Inviting exhibits walk you through regional history, from the earliest native inhabitants to the exciting growth in Northwest Arkansas today. Interactive and hands-on features entertain both the young and young-at-heart. Changing exhibits and a photo gallery provide new and innovative approaches to local history.
You can also explore the museum’s seven historic buildings, including a log cabin, barn, and townhome of the 1940s. Shaded walking paths and picnic tables offer a chance to relax and remember a time when life moved at a slower pace. The museum offers a vibrant schedule of public programs and events, as well as a museum store featuring books, toys, crafts and gifts, and a research library boasting a wealth of resources and Arkansas’ largest collection of historic photographs of Ozark life.
Visit the museum soon! It is only minutes from your favorite Northwest Arkansas destinations with restaurants and shopping nearby. Located right in downtown Springdale and directly connected to the Razorback Greenway, you can even walk or bike to get there.
Explore complete details on its website, www.ShilohMuseum.org, or contact them at 479-750-8165.
Springtime in Fairfield Bay is truly magical – all of nature is waking up from a winter’s nap. And here, you can take in all of the best Springtime activities. Enjoy miles of trails (both UTV and hiking), two 18 hole golf courses, 40,000 acre Greers Ferry Lake, and so many friendly faces, you’ll think you’ve found your new forever home. The new Cobblestone Inn and Suites can be home base as you get outside to enjoy the sunshine, and #GetInspired to do the things you love to do. Experience a burst of color with the blooming of the Spring Dogwoods and Red Buds, indigenous to the Ozark Mountains, during a scenic driving tour. From the popular full-service marina, take the shuttle over to a national wonder – Sugar Loaf Mountain Island where you can hike to the top on Arkansas’ only mountain island trail. Tee off at Indian Hills Golf Resort in search of that elusive hole in one, while playing one of the most beautiful, challenging courses in the state. End your day back at the hotel, and enjoy a massage or a 5-star dinner. Afterwards, cozy up by the fireplace and recap all the great memories you’ve made in the Bay. You’ll be planning your next visit before you know it, and we can’t wait to see you again. Come get a taste of the GOOD LIFE in Fairfield Bay!
Paid for with state and GFL/LRRA funds.
Museum of Discovery, Little Rock
Picture it: spring break 2020 comes to an end and someone asks your kids what they did during their week off. “I came face-to-face with a triceratops and dug up dinosaur fossils,” exclaims one! “I laid on a bed of nails and didn’t get one scratch,” says another. And finally, from your oldest child and hardest to impress, “I saw the world’s largest Tesla coil shoot lightning!” Surely to have had these exciting experiences, you would have traveled states away and spent an insane amount of money. Actually, you made a trip to Little Rock’s Museum of Discovery during your inexpensive Arkansas staycation!
The Museum of Discovery knows education is important. Their mission, afterall, involves getting their guests excited about subjects such as science and math. But they also know that having fun while learning is equally as important. Another thing they take seriously: spring break. This year, the science center is planning events every day of the week. On Monday, meet Arthur from PBS Kids and on Tuesday, Clifford the Big Red Dog. Wednesday will be devoted to outer space. Bring your cape Thursday for Superhero Science Day or build to your heart’s content on LEGO Friday. The weekends before and after spring break will include dinosaur activities to celebrate the museum’s featured exhibition called “Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed.” The exhibit alone is worth a trip as it allows guests to become paleontologists and dig for fossils. There are also a number of full-scale dino displays as well as true-to-size skulls, bones and eggs. Can’t make it during spring break? The exhibition will remain on display through July.
In addition to the permanent interactive exhibits for all ages, younger guests to the Museum of Discovery will enjoy the gallery for ages six and younger that contains a vet clinic, pool noodle forest and giant building blocks. Learn more at museumofdiscovery.org.
Cliff Cottage Inn, Eureka Springs
Upon first glance, there may be nothing out of the ordinary about a row of three restored historic buildings and one Victorian replica studio in the quaint hamlet of Eureka Springs. However, these four cottage-style homes make up what visitors call one of the most romantic spots in town.
Nestled in the artist haven, mountain town in Northwest Arkansas, the Cliff Cottage Inn in Eureka Springs has been hosting guests from around the world for over 25 years at its boutique hotel, conveniently located 17 steps from Main Street and the Eureka Springs Trolley Station.
Featuring seven author-inspired Victorian boutique suites, this unique bed and breakfast offers luxurious room amenities such as fireplaces, jacuzzis and hot tubs. After a restful night’s sleep, guests can indulge in the international-inspired breakfast, delivered in-suite, while watching Main Street come to life right outside the window.
Along with its famous 63 natural springs, Eureka Springs is filled with Victorian architecture, eclectic shops, decadent eateries, funky music venues, religious features and multifarious art. There’s no better way to enjoy the city’s one-of-a-kind energy than at the Cliff Cottage Inn.