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Arkansas has long encouraged tourism. In fact, the official state nickname "The Natural State," is derived from a 1970s tourism advertising campaign. In addition to a variety of museums, historical landmarks, and other attractions, Arkansas is also home to 52 state parks.
You probably know that Arkansas is the birthplace of both former president Bill Clinton and Walmart, the world's largest retailer. What you may not know is that Arkansas is incredibly rich in minerals of all types. Diamonds were discovered here in 1906, and Arkansas is a leading producer of quartz crystal, bauxite, bromine, and silica stone. In all, Arkansas soil contains 102 types of minerals.
Things To Do in Arkansas
Gem and mineral enthusiasts aren't the only people who will enjoy a visit to Arkansas. The state's attractions include museums that specialize in a variety of interests ranging from American art to American gangsters.
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville): This beautiful garden is open seven days a week, with free admission for children under five! Programs for both adults and children are offered year-round.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville): Admission is free to this world-class collection of works by American artists. Don't miss the Ozark-inspired cuisine offered by the museum's Eleven Restaurant.
ESSE Purse Museum (Little Rock): There are only three purse museums in the world and only one in the United States. The ESSE Purse Museum offers fashion buffs a chance to learn about the history of this most essential fashion accessory.
Gangster Museum of America (Hot Springs): Crime buffs are sure to enjoy this museum that highlights the careers of American's most notorious organized crime figures.
Walmart Museum and Visitor's Center (Bentonville): A visit to Bentonville wouldn't be complete without taking the time to visit the place where Walmart got its start. Admission to the museum is free, and both adults and kids will enjoy visiting the general store and ice cream parlor.