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Day Trips
Welcome to the Day Trips page!  You will find lots of fun places close enough to drive to for the day on this page! Some places might require an overnight stay!

amusement parks, state parks/nature, wildlife/zoo, other places to visit 

{Amusement Parks}
Silver Dollar City - Branson, MO (800)475-9370
White Water Water Park - Branson, MO (800)475-9370

{State Parks/Nature}
Alum Cove Natural Bridge - South of Jasper, AR
Water, Wind and gravity have transformed a huge mass of sandstone into a natural bridge.  It is 130 feet in length and 20 feet wide.  An extremely rare wildflower, French's Shooting Star flourishes beneath the sandstone ledges.

Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains (479)636-1210                                        
487 miles of natural shoreline, the 28,000-acre lake provides boating, swimming, water skiing and fishing. Several species of bass, along with crappie, bream, stripers and catfish are present.  Paved access roads wind through 12 developed parks, providing picnic sites, swimming beaches, hiking trails, boat-launching ramps, picnic shelters and amphitheaters.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks - Fayetteville, AR (479)750-2620
Colorful and beautiful array of flowers and other greenary located on 86 acres adjoining Lake Fayetteville.  Includes a horticulture center, plaza, gardens and a green house.

Cosmic Cavern - Berryville (870)749-2298 Stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, soda straws, helictites, cave bacon, draperies, and many other speleothems.  Silent splendor room houses one of the longest soda straw formations in the Ozarks.  Two bottomless lakes and an underground bridge can be seen on the 1 hr, 15 min guided tour.  Also gemstone mining, fossil digs, and wild cave tours.

Crater of Diamonds State Park - Murfreesburo, AR (870)285-3113                
The world's only diamond-bearing site open to the public where you can prospect for and keep any gems you find.  A new aquatic playground just opened in 2004.  Campsites & picnic areas.

Devil's Den State Park - West Fork, AR
Hiking, camping, lodging, horseback riding, lake tours, educational programs, history, wildlife and more...

Lake Bella Vista Trail - Hwy 71 N Bella Vista (479)855-6920
Walk, run, bike or skate this 2-mile trail.  Asphalt paths, benches, picnic tables and a playground.  Pets are welcome!

Lake Fayetteville - Lake Fayetteville Road off of Hwy71B                               Nature trails, picnic tables, playgrounds, softball fields, fishing piers, boat launch, bird-watching and a pavilion. 

Lake Wedington - 15689 Lake Wedington Entry Road Hwy16 (479)442-3527 or (479)575-5309 Scenic Ozark National Forest, picnic tables, boating, hiking, fishing, cabin rentals, camping, lodge and pavilion. 

Mystic Caverns & Crystal Dome -  South of Harrison, AR (888)743-1739 
Cave Tours

Pea Ridge National Military Park - Hwy 62 Rogers (479)451-8122
Commemorating 1862 Civil War battle, seven mile self guided tour, picnic area, hiking and biking trails, etc.
Petit Jean State Park - Morrilton, AR (800)264-2462
Hiking, camping, lodging, educational programs, history, fishing, boating, pool, and more...
Prarie Grove Battlefield State Park - 506 E. Douglas (479)846-2990
Site of Civil War battles.  Civil War museum, historic battle reenactments held on the first weekend of December of every even year.  Walking trail, playground, pavilion and more.... 
Old Spanish Treasure Cave - Hwy 59 between Gravette & Sulphur Springs (479)787-6508 Legends of hidden treasure still surface about these underground caverns. Non-strenuous, well-lighted.
Tanyard Creek Trail - Hwy 340 W Bella Vista (479)855-6920
2.5 mile self-guided trail includes swinging bridge and an overlook of the Lake Windsor waterfall.

War Eagle Cavern - Scenic Hwy 12 (479)789-2909
Guided tours through underground formations, including onyx, rimstone  and crinoid fossils.

Withrow Springs State Park - Huntsville, AR (479)559-2593
Enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, swimming, tennis, baseball, softball, crossbow range and fishing.  

C.B. Craig Fish Hatchery - Centerton
3 fish ponds and 2 bird-watching shelters.  Perfect place for bird watching as many birds are attracted to the hatchery’s supply of small fish.

Little Rock Zoo - Little Rock (501)663-4733                                           
Over 600 mammels, birds, reptiles, amphibians on display on the spacious grounds and in WPA-era buildings.

Promised Land Animal Park - Eagle Rock, MO (417)271-3324
(10 miles north of Eureka Springs) Drive through park and petting zoo.

Oklahoma Aquarium - Jenks, OK (918)296-FISH (3467)
Over 200 exhibits are located in the Oklahoma Aquarium, and contain several thousand animals from around the world.

Ozark Reptile Museum - Fayetteville  (479)544-4170

Swepco’s bald eagle & bird sanctuary
Bald eagles visit NWA from November to March and may be seen in various places including Beaver Lake, and Centerton Fish Hatchery.

The Aquarium of Arkansas - Bentonville (479)273-0329 COMING SOON...

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge - Eureka Springs, AR (479)253-5841
Over 100 rescued animals including lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, bears, monkeys, deer and birds. 

Tulsa Zoo - Tulsa, OK (918)669-6600 

Wild Wilderness Drive through Safari - Gentry, AR (479)736-8383
85 different species of exotic animals

{Other Places to Visit}
Aerospace Education Center and IMAX Theater - LIttle Rock (501)376-IMAX       300-seat IMAX Theater.  "Right Stuff"  gitft shop offers science oriented toys and gifts.  Displayed airplanes include Wright Flyer and Sopwith Camel, the only one in the U.S. and one of only 7 worldwide.  Full-size replica of Apollo command module.

Arkansas Museum of Discovery - Little Rock (501)396-7050 The "Room to Grow" area at this children's museum in Little Rock is a new 3,000 ft space with activities, exhibits and games just for age 6 and under.  Guarded by Mimi, a not-so-ferocious dragon, it includes the Castle Theatre and the Reading Beach.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum - Just east of Springfield, MO in Mansfield  It offers fans of the Little House book series a glimpse into the lives of it's author and her family. (877)924-7126

The Great Passion Play - Eureka Springs, AR (866)566-3565
Holy Land Tour, Christ of the Ozarks, Tabernacle Teaching Tour, Bible Museum, special exhibits and more...

Terra Studios - Durham, AR (800)255-8995
Blue Bird of hapiness, pottery, weddings, tours, classes and more...

Precious Moments Chapel - Carthage, MO (800)543-7975 ext. 2983
Chapel, fountain of angels, wedding island, gift shop, photo opportunities and more...

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Company - Springdale (800)687-8600
Travel through the scenic Ozark Mountains on the A&M passenger train.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball - Springdale (479)756-8088 

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