Magic Springs, the only theme park that can boast a location in a national park, is among the best entertainment in the region.
Think Arkansas is lacking when it comes to entertainment and local attractions? Think again! If you’re heading to the “Natural State” for the Arkansas Derby this weekend, you may want to start your trip a little early. We’ve got four unique spots lined up for you and your friends or family to check out.
Get Your Gator On – Ready for a little sizzle and pop in your weekend? Come see over 300 alligators from 6-inches to 10-feet long and visit a petting zoo featuring deer, pygmy goats, llamas, lambs and ostriches (yes, there is no typo in that last line!). That’s not all, though; you will also be treated to a display of monkeys, mountain lions, and 100 lb. turtles – jockey size! This “Gator Farm” has been featured on popular TV shows such as “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” and “That’s Incredible”. This attraction will be sure to add a little pizazz to your trip!
Is Your Head in the Clouds? – Twice the thrills and twice the fun! This Little Rock Theme Park and a Water Park will be sure to leave you soaring sky high after a day at the races; and conveniently the season begins April 13 (yes, one day before the Arkansas Derby – a good reason to get a jump on your trip). Magic Springs, the only theme park that can boast a location in a national park, is the best entertainment in the region - if you’re a thrill seeker, that is! Come try your hand at the impressive 25 new rides, then cool off with a quick jaunt to Crystal Falls Water Park. Located in the scenic foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, a day at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls is sure to be a hit with the entire family.
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Time to Fuel your Inner Gangster - Take yourself back to the days of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s at The Gangster Museum of America. Derived from a time when gambling, bootlegging, and other extreme pleasures were alive and kicking, The Gangster Museum of America is an entertaining and historic account of how the most notorious criminals in America co-existed with the locals in the little valley town (at the time) of Hot Springs. Check out the audiovisual experience of the seven galleries, and even try your hand at the antique casino (you’ve been practicing at the track all day, after all). This is one museum that is sure to be undoubtedly unique adventure!
One Tequila, Two Tequila – Ready to get your party started before a weekend at the races? If you’re heading to Hot Springs before April 11, we’ve got you covered. Head to one of Hot Springs hottest Mexican restaurants, Trejo’s, for a dinner that keeps giving back, Tequila style! A Tequila tasting event on April 11 at 7 p.m. will allow you to sample six different Tequilas, two Margaritas and Mexican Coffee alongside your three-course meal (does it get any better?!). At an all-inclusive price of $54.99, this is one sure fire way to fire up an evening fiesta! Salud to that, racegoers!