Cities and towns in Arkansas offer exciting, diverse landscapes, which range from mountains to roughly 600,000 acres of lakes. In this humble state, you and your groomsmen can enjoy a few days of outdoor activities, electrifying nightlife, and relaxation. Book a stay at one of many Arkansas vacation rentals for an unforgettable bachelor party. There are hundreds of wonderful destinations in the state, so where to begin? Start with this list of the seven best bachelor party spots in Arkansas.
Cabot looks and feels like a sleepy small town, but its long, outlying roads and undulating prairies conceal a thriving city with a bunch of ways to have fun. To whet your whistle, swing by Squizito’s Tasting Room on Main street. They purvey locally produced olive oil, balsamic vinegar, coffee, and specialty foods to fill the fridge in your Cabot vacation rental.
Burn off the good eats at Cabot BMX, a BMX USA-sanctioned bicycle motocross track with national-caliber obstacles. Snag a few crappie on a local fishing charter through FishingBooker, or explore the scenery from Greer’s Ferry Lake with boat and kayak rentals from Laney’s Boating Center. You can also attempt a hole in one at one of three local golf courses: Rolling Hills Country Club, Cabot Miniature Golf, and Greystone Country Club. Finish off your day with some brews and hearty American fare at the Mean Pig BBQ, or some wine and authentic Italian-American favorites at Morina’s Italian Restaurant.
Fayetteville is Northwest Arkansas’s gateway to the Ozarks. Nestled within the mountains, this city is a prime Arkansas vacation destination, with a historic Downtown Square and the Dickson Street Entertainment District forming the nucleus of 40 miles of trails and 4,000 acres of parks. Jump right into the mix with Skydive Fayetteville. They offer beginner and experienced excursions from up to 10,000 feet, and you can book online.
Afterwards, soothe your adrenaline overdose with a trip down the Fayetteville Ale Trail, a self-guided tour of local craft breweries and the state’s only cidery. Swing by Flying Q Farms, and hit Fayetteville’s assortment of natural trails on horseback. For cerebral, group-oriented fun, triumph over riddles and restricted quarters at Ozark Escape, the local escape room provider. Down in the Dickson Street area, follow the smells to your next meal and drink. Choose from a variety of local bistros, fine dining establishments, ethnic restaurants, and places for contemporary American eats, such as Bordino’s and Theo’s.
Bentonville, site of Walmart’s headquarters, is Arkansas’ symbol of small town atmosphere aligned with big city commerce. A revitalized downtown and a broad grid of perpendicular streets give way to hiking and biking trails that criss-cross the environs. Eat your way through the city’s collection of starred restaurants on a BiteSeeing Food Tour. Nosh on Italian, Mexican, Thai, Indian, and barbecue. Chill out with your groomsmen at Pasha’s, Bentonville’s exotic hookah bar.
Fit a few tee times into your vacation schedule at Back Nine Golf, or head try to hook trout, bream, and catfish at Lake Bentonville, a 10-acre man-made lake. For supplies visit Pure Fishing or Hook Line & Sinker. In the evening sample award-winning stouts at The Forge, or craft bourbon, regional microbrews, and basic food at The Hive.
4. Siloam Springs
Siloam Springs looks like one long tree-lined block peppered with residential and commercial properties. This city’s mood is open, and so are its doors, with 11 miles of walking trails through the heart of downtown. One of the trails leads to Siloam Springs Country Club, a nine-hole golf course open to the public. Seen from above, Siloam Springs resembles a Norman Rockwell painting; see for yourself at Skydive Sky Ranch, which offers sport parachuting every day of the week.
At Siloam Springs Kayak Park, ride engineered rapids near the Illinois River. First, rent kayaks and flotation devices at Arkansas 59 Canoeing & Rafting. Phat Tire Bike Shop rents bikes so you and your boys can zoom through the city’s Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trails. Perfect your poker face at West Siloam Springs Cherokee Casinos.
5. Fort Smith
Fort Smith is a city on the Arkansas River, Arkansas’ second largest city overall. Its riparian location means great fishing at places like Jake Nolan Lake and the Arkansas River. Grab supplies and advice at The Tackle Box, Fort Smith’s 12,500-square-foot independent hunting and fishing supplies purveyor. True Grit Running Company has all the gear you need to explore Fort Smith’s abundant trails, such as Mill Creek Trail and Sunnymede Trail.
Catch the game on large flatscreen televisions at Grub’s Bar & Grille, and chase down-home Tex-Mex with local brews on tap. Crash the weekly karaoke and pool tournaments at Chasers Bar, or sample craft brews and local flavors at Fort Smith Brewing Company. Brush up on your line dancing skills at Electric Cowboy, Fort Smith’s popular country music-themed dance club.
6. Hot Springs
Known as Spa City, Hot Springs sits in the shadow of the Ouachita Mountains, inside Hot Springs National Park. Situated atop nearly 50 natural hot springs, this city’s major claim is its row of historic Spanish Revival bathhouses. Enjoy a group soak, a private tub, and a massage at Buckstaff or Quapaw bathhouses. Once rejuvenated, sail through the air at Adventureworks, Inc., a local zip line park.
Pit your wits against your buddies’ at A Narrow Escape, Hot Springs’ escape rooms featuring hand-crafted puzzles and challenges. Climb Hot Springs Mountain Tower, rising some 1,300 feet above sea level. Stage a mini billiards tourney at Boondocks Pool Hall, then wash down homemade burgers with fresh on-tap brews at The Big Chill. Jam to live entertainment and music at the Ohio Club, a local institution since 1905.
7. Little Rock
Little Rock is Arkansas’ heart, sitting at the very center of the state. Its pulsating commercial district boasts vacation rentals very near to the Arkansas River, with clear views of sister city North Little Rock and the daily sunrise to the east. 404 Tour Company is a great way to see what downtown Little Rock offers. The company specializes in guided tours via Segway. You roll through the downtown area, down riverfront trails and through parks, experiencing the lay of the land. If you prefer bikes, Bobby’s Bike Hike in the river market rents bikes and oversees guided tours of Little Rock’s geographical gems.
President Clinton Avenue is the main downtown hub, with fine dining, casual, and ethnic options like Cache, Forty Two (at Clinton Library), and Flying Fish. Club 27 hosts salsa night weekly, right beside the Museum of Discovery. The Dust Bowl, across the street from the main travel center, is Little Rock’s neighborhood bowling alley. After bowling strikes, sample championship microbrews at Rebel Kettle or Stone’s Throw.
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