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Little Rock, AR
|Central Arkansas Transit Authority||901 Maple Street||North Little Rock||72114||501-375-6717|
|Americoach||2401 W. Dixon Road||Little Rock||72206||800-451-3552|
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Exit #37 Loves Travel Lodge
Exit #84 Ryan's Steak House
Exit #108 Bonanza
Exit #125 Ryan's Steak House/ Cracker Barrell
Loves I-30, Exit 46
Pilot I-40/ 55, Exit 280
Flying J I-40/ 55, Exit 280
Little Rock will probably be remembered by many as the capital of President Clinton's home state. Yet, before this "claim to fame", Little Rock attracted visitors to its wonderful setting on the banks of the Arkansas River, surrounded by the Quachita Mountains. The city boasts over 50 parks and is only a short drive from Hot Springs National Park, renowned for its hot mineral springs. With an abundance of lakes and the River, the Little Rock area is a water sports paradise. It's easy to see why Arkansas is called "The Natural State".
When at last you pull yourself away from all the natural beauty, you will find a wonderful variety of activities within Little Rock. As the state capital, Little Rock is a cultural center with a variety of theatres, museums, galleries and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
Children will discover a host of activities including the Children's Museum, Little Rock Zoo, Museum of Science and History, The Aerospace Education Center and an appealing historic area. This includes The Quapaw Quarter, The Arkansas Territorial Restoration Center, Old Mill and Old State House. Just a short drive from downtown you will find the State Fairgrounds, where you can easily spend a full day of fun.
The River Market District is fast gaining a reputation as a target destination. A lively array of people gather for a variety of entertaining things to do, from the library to the Science and History museum to a multi-purpose arena.
Whether a single adventurer or couples, groups or the whole family, travelers are discovering that Little Rock is truly a place for a memorable vacation.
Arkansas Aerospace Education Center
3301 E. Roosevelt at Bond Street * Little Rock, AR 72206 * (501)-371-0331
For the adventurer in each of us, a trip to the Aerospace Education Center is a must. Exhibits of American and Russian space exploration, and the six-story-high projection screen of the IMAX theatre will put you in a world of wonder and excitement.
Little Rock Zoo
1 Jonesboro Drive * Little Rock, AR 72205 * (501)-663-4733
If you want a great day out for all the family, the Little Rock Zoo offers a first-class collection of animals. Young children will enjoy Kiddieland where a fun ride around the duck pond on a train provides an additional thrill.
Many new facilities are opening or being improved in our state parks thanks to the Arkansas Conservation Amendment, which provides a dedicated fund to build and maintain conservation resources for the future. In this newsletter you’ll find information on: - THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE COMMEMORATION —Earn your Louisiana Purchase commemorative patch - LOUISIANA PURCHASE STATE PARK REOPENS - AQUATIC EXHIBITS OPEN AT LAKE DARDANELLE - NEW WEB SITES COME TO ARKANSAS STATE PARKS *Old Washington, Arkansas's 19th-Century Village *Ozarkfolkcenter.Com Gains An On-Line Store *Petit Jean State Park *Arkansas's Diamond Field THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE COMMEMORATION This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, and state parks, museums and other sites throughout Arkansas are hosting programs, living history presentations, special events and exhibits commemorating the bicentennial. For a list, visit www.lapurchase.org. Families, scouts, church groups, history classes and others can earn a beautiful Louisiana Purchase commemorative patch by downloading the patch booklet from www.lapurchase.org, completing the questions and/or visiting sites in Arkansas as listed and sending in their completed form. You don’t have to come to Arkansas to earn your patch, but traveling Arkansas will make it even more fun! LOUISIANA PURCHASE STATE PARK REOPENS Louisiana Purchase State Park has reopened following the construction of a new boardwalk and exhibits. The National Historic Landmark, features one of the last remaining headwater swamps and the granite monument marking the initial point of the survey of the lands of the Louisiana Purchase. The $15 million land deal from France doubled the size of the young United States and from this initial point in eastern Arkansas emanated surveys for Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and part of South Dakota. The new boardwalk provides barrier-free access to the swamp’s interior and includes wayside exhibits with information about the Louisiana Purchase, the survey and the natural resources of this unique and beautiful swamp. Learn more, find programs and download a poster at www.arkansasstateparks.com/LouisianaPurchase VISITOR CENTER FEATURING 7,000-GALLONS OF AQUATIC EXHIBITS OPENS ON LAKE DARDANELLE TO RAVE REVIEWS Perched on the lakeshore with a sweeping view of scenic Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas's newest state park visitor center opened to rave reviews. The new 10,527-square foot center in Lake Dardanelle State Park features a major aquatics exhibit of four aquariums holding fish representative of the local waterways including Lake Dardanelle, the Arkansas River and their tributaries. Touch screen kiosks detail the streams, habitat and the fish in each aquarium. A working beehive; children's games and books nook; and variety of interpretive and interactive exhibits fill the exhibit hall. Funded by Arkansas's Conservation Amendment, the structure is both the park visitor center and an environmental education center with classrooms, lab capabilities and computer connectivity. Lake Dardanelle State Park, just off I-40 at Russellville, has campsites, picnic sites, a barrier-free fishing pier, marina, fishing tournament weigh-in-pavilion and miniature golf course. Learn more about Lake Dard! anelle State Park at http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakedardanelle. NEW WEB SITES COME TO ARKANSAS STATE PARKS OLD WASHINGTON, ARKANSAS'S 19TH-CENTURY VILLAGE Historic Washington is a lovely, tree-shaded town in southwest Arkansas where you’ll travel back to the 19th century as you stroll on plank sidewalks and down quiet lanes past gardens, churches and Greek Revival homes. Established on George Washington's birthday in 1824, today the town is one of America's premier historic villages. It is a National Historical Landmark, on the National Register of Historic Places, and an Arkansas state park you'll want to visit. Visit the park's new web site, www.oldwashingtonstatepark.com. Learn about this state park featuring over 30 carefully restored historic structures. OZARKFOLKCENTER.COM NOW FEATURES AN ON-LINE STORE Dedicated to the perpetuation and interpretation of the Ozark Mountain heritage, Arkansas's Ozark Folk Center State Park is known for traditional music, its Crafts Village and the caliber of talented artisans who demonstrate the homestead crafts and pioneer skills essential to the early settlers of these scenic hills. In the Ozark Folk Center's Country Store you can find handcrafted, heirloom-quality treasures like white oak baskets, quilts, potter, shuck dolls, rocking chairs, toys and more. Now you can shop from home at the Center's new on-line store. Just go to: http://www.ozarkfolkcenter.com/products/. PETIT JEAN STATE PARK Arkansas's original state park now has its own web site, www.petitjeanstatepark.com. This colorful site is a wonderful way to get the details on the activities, facilities and beauty of Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas's legendary state park atop scenic Petit Jean Mountain. Visit the park's new web site and you'll see why Petit Jean is renowned as an unforgettable travel destination. ARKANSAS'S DIAMOND FIELD Crater of Diamonds State Park, well known as the world's only diamond field where the public can search, now has a web site you can search, too. Visit www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com and get the details about this one-of-a-kind travel attraction. You'll learn about park facilities; the geology of the eroded, ancient gem-bearing pipe that creates the 37-acre diamond field; and impressive diamonds that have been unearthed at this eighth largest diamond deposit in the world. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism www.arkansasstateparks.com
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