Arkansas Staycation 2012

Where are you planning to go on your vacation this year? How about right in your own backyard? There are so many wonderful destinations in Arkansas; chances are pretty good you haven’t seen them all. No matter what your family’s interest, there’s something in The Natural State for you to enjoy. Take a staycation this year; it’s economical and you’ll forge memories for years to come.

Here are some suggestions for your next Arkansas vacation. Get ready to have some fun!

Get Dirty: Put on your grubby clothes and head to the Ouachitas for some glittery finds. Hunt for precious gems at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. In addition to the digging area, the park has a campground, a gift shop, the Kimberlite café, and Diamond Springs Water Park. The quartz crystal mines are another option where you get a reward for getting dirty. You’ll find them in the Mount Ida, Hot Springs and Mena areas. In fact, Mount Ida calls itself the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.

Talk to the Animals: Families and animals just seem to go together. You’ll be amazed at the opportunities you’ll find to hob-knob with our four-legged and feathered friends. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs houses more than 100 large animals, including lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, bears, monkeys, deer and birds. The refuge welcomes overnight stays and can accommodate visitors at an on-site RV park, The Tree House bed and breakfast or the African-inspired Zulu Safari Lodge.