In our last blog post, we shared some ideas for skipping the pricey vacation and spending your break on a family “staycation” instead. There are so many options to choose from in Northwest Arkansas so we decided to write a second post with even more fun adventures – something perfect for every family member.
The Crater of Diamonds State Park is famous for their nearly 40 acres of plowed fields on which visitors can hunt for diamonds and other semi-precious gems. We have heard, on average, two diamonds are found per day by visitors! The Diamond Discovery Center onsite offers an in-depth look at prospecting for diamonds. And the Diamond Springs has trails, a cafe, an aquatic playground, and lovely picnic areas so you can really make a day of this local treasure.
For the History Buff in your group, our area boasts a rich collection of Civil War memorabilia and knowledge. The Arkansas History Commission has preserved a significant collection of research materials pertaining to the Civil War in Arkansas and The Arkansas History Commission & State Archives has created a guide to make it even easier for patrons to do their own Civil War research. These folks are also willing to help you plan your personalized trip to Arkansas’s historic sites.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a magical place you can certainly visit more than once. It celebrates the beauty of art within the spectacular sights of nature. Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation and designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A cluster of pavilions are surrounded by two spring-fed ponds, meeting and classroom spaces, and a gorgeous glass-enclosed gathering hall. Guest amenities include a restaurant, library, and walking trails connecting the museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
One of the simplest ways to get out in the spring sunshine and meet your community is to visit our many local farmers markets. Supporting local growers and vendors is great way to teach your kids about where their food comes from, experiment with new ingredients, and get creative with your weekly dinner menus. Here is a full listing of the farmers markets in your area.
Be it an hour spent at a community market, or a day-long journey to a historic site, we hope you will enjoy the many resources our dynamic area has to offer. The options are endless and we guarantee you will make wonderful memories with your family!