The Arkansas Arts Center stokes the innate creativity of all its visitors with a close look at artistic expression. Since its creation in 1960, the AAC has amassed a permanent collection of more than 5,300 drawings and paintings (primarily American and European), 1,000 contemporary crafts and sculptures, and 27 lost mittens. Examples of French neo-impressionist drawings share space with the work of old masters, while early modern paintings complement studio-forged glass sculptures and other pieces dating as far back as 1465. Throughout the year, the museum also casts its light on the local community by hosting special exhibitions of established artists and emerging talent.
Outside its gallery, the AAC encourages the community in another way. Through classes and workshops, instructors explain the fundamentals of composition in photography, ceramics, painting, woodworking, and printmaking while helping students create their own pieces. An onsite children's theatre, meanwhile, routinely stages family-friendly shows, and the troupe even offers workshops on the art of acting.
Nothing seemed particularly out of place when a young man and woman moved into an unassuming house near the Ozark Mountains. They got married?right in the house's living room, in fact?and then started down paths that would ultimately change the course of American history. Seventeen years later, that man, Bill Clinton, would become the the 42nd president of the United States, and high school history teachers nationwide would be forced to update their classroom materials.
President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton started their adult lives and political careers in that now-storied one-bedroom house. Today, its 1,800 square feet serve as the Clinton House Museum, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Its rooms showcase both Bill's and Hillary's remarkable political careers, telling their remarkable stories through timelines, videos, and campaign signs.
Wide-open tracts of land roll past as a locomotive charges down the tracks. Passengers watch as the Boston Mountains' peaks and valleys rise and fall. A little red caboose brings up the rear. Aboard one of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad's trains, passengers take a trip back in time without the aid of a DeLorean. As the train winds across valleys, through tunnels, and over bridges, the friendly conductors spin tales of the area's history. In total, the trains take a 150 mile route from Monett, Missouri to Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Stretched across six acres, Scott Pumpkin Patch marks autumn's arrival with a seasonal slate of family-friendly activities. Every year, the family-owned operation situated behind Scott Pentecostal Church presents visitors with wholesome, hands-on amusements, including an animal barn, a playground, and scenic tractor rides that coast leisurely around the property. Families can also partake in bucking barrel contests and rubber duck and stick horse races. While toddlers play in a designated corn crib, kids will scale a hay mountain, plunder a wooden pirate ship playground, or romp through a wooden tractor playground. Before heading home, families can stock up on keepsakes, such as photos snapped at themed displays or a perfect pumpkin picked according to its size, weight, and silky singing voice.
Though supported by a tight-knit community of members, Sparrow Flying Club opens its cockpit doors to the public for scenic flights and pilot training. Its fleet of primarily Cessna aircraft ranges from simple, two-seat sport planes to more complex aircraft; patrons can rent them out for private use, or join an instructor in the cockpit to train for either a private pilot license or a sport license, which requires fewer hours.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Brands Used: Wild Republic, American Expedition, Aurora, Toysmith, Serrv
Pro Tip: Plan your visit around our live animal shows. You won't regret it. Showtimes are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Many of our staff hold degrees in biology, conservation, or wildlife management. We also are members of the Zoological Association of America and the Feline Conservation Federation.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our animal interaction.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Every admission includes our live animal shows, bottle feedings, Parakeet Paradise, and the Foot Safari.