If Arkansas's famed Little Red River seems like it was made for fishing, that's because in many ways it was. The river winds out from beneath the giant dam at Greers Ferry Lake. In 1966, some astute individuals introduced trout into the river, before quickly vanishing into a puff of tartar sauce. Today, Little Red River brims with rainbows, browns, and other trout, and Tailwater Fishing Co. helps anglers of all skill levels catch them all. Expert guides lead trips on the river, supplying all the necessary equipment and expertise.
Profiled in the Arkansas Times and on THV, Rock Town Distillery crafts small-batch artisan spirits using Arkansas materials. Local red winter wheat transform into vodka and gin, corn and wheat become the award-winning clear Arkansas Lightning, and charred white-oak barrels grown from Arkansasian barrel trees cradle young bourbon as it ages. Each day, the distillery hosts warehouse tours, complete with the grain-to-bottle production story of each spirit and tastings of all liquors at the end. The distillery has been named one of the 10 best Southern distillery tours by USA Today and one of the top 25 craft distillery tours in the U.S. by The Daily Meal.
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.
Since 2007, the Robots-4-U team has been teaching kids a program of STEM?science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Kids absorb skills and knowledge through entertaining interactions with instructors, other campers, and robot kits. The camp maintains a 16:1 student to instructor ratio, ensuring kids receive the proper amount of individual attention. Campers build robot kits comprising a brain unit and sensory appendages, which replicate seeing, hearing, touching and reading minds. Once the bots are assembled, kids enter their creations into racing, dancing, and battle-bot challenges.
Photographer Kelsey Garland specializes in capturing a wide variety of precious memories at Abella Vista Studios, which celebrated its 2012 ribbon-cutting ceremony with ambassadors of the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce. Kelsey leaves her photographic mark on local residents by commemorating everything from weddings to maternity photos to business headshots and tastefully sexy boudoir sessions. Kelsey's studio also offers guided painting classes and parties where students can create their own landscapes, self-portraits, or still lifes.
When Buddy and Miranda Grimes opened Hog Wild Family Fun Center on August 16, 2009, it initially hosted 32 arcade games and a cozy pizzeria. In less than a year, however, the center had already grown beyond its 4,000 square feet. Now housed in a 25,000-square-foot facility, Hog Wild hosts more than 100 arcade and redemption games, from skeeball to Terminator: Salvation, where players help Arnold Schwarzenegger search scripts for a new career-defining role. With enough tickets, avid players can even net prizes such as basketballs and giant stuffed Smurf dolls.
The arcade aside, Hog Wild also rolls out other fun-center staples, from five inflatables to a pirate-themed mini-golf course aglow in black lights. A massive laser-tag arena with laser maze and cozy bumper-car zone round out Hog Wild, where visitors can reenergize in between activities with snacks such as chicken fingers and frozen lemonade.