Fort Smith in Sebastian County, Arkansas is the state's second largest city, with a population of more than 80,000. The city is nestled in the Arkansas River Valley and rests on the banks of the Arkansas River. It boasts of a distinctive past, which you can experience through its many museums, restorations, festivals, and attractions.
Get on a bus rental in Fort Smith, Arkansas and get a glimpse of the history of the "Old West" as it melds with the gentle charm of the "Old South."
Fort Smith is located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state border and began as a western frontier military post in the early 1800s. It would later become known for its role in the setting of the "Wild West" and of its law enforcement heritage. It is considered to be a top true Western town.
The city is the hub of a very rich history, a diverse economy, and a promising future. Recently, Forbes magazine has named Fort Smith as the number city in the country for cost of living and has highlighted it for its highest-paying tech jobs.
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If you are looking for clean and family-friendly fun and entertainment, Fort Smith gives you plenty of options. You can head over to The Park at West End (Fort Smith AR 72901), which is a small yet charming amusement park in downtown Fort Smith with a vintage charm. It is known for its iconic 1930s Ferris wheel, which was featured in the 1935 World's Fair and which offers you an unparalleled view of the Arkansas River, the Fort Smith National Historic Site and downtown Fort Smith. Another attraction is the vintage carousel, which was built and hand-painted in Italy.
You can also take the kids roller or inline skating to the Crystal Palace Skate Center (Fort Smith, AR 72903). Or take everyone go-kart racing at Wanna Be Racing. There's also Putt Putt Golf and Games, where you can enjoy a beautifully landscaped Putt-Putt Golf, an arcade with video games and simulators, and batting cages.
If ice skating is your thing, there's Jack's Skateland. The city also has these paintball venues:
The city does not have much to offer when it comes to fine arts, other than the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (Fort Smith, AR 72901), which opened just recently and which is the city's first art museum equipped to facilitate internationally and nationally recognized traveling exhibits.
You can, however, expect more when it comes to performing arts. In fact, Fort Smith is home to the state's oldest symphony orchestra, as well as its oldest continuously-running volunteer theater. The Fort Smith Symphony performs classical, pop, community and youth concerts at the Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center (Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901) and in other venues in the city and in other parts of the state. Meanwhile, the Fort Smith Little Theater stages full-run productions during its season of performances. Its theater is located at 401 North Sixth Street.
Other established music groups in the city are the Fort Smith Chorale and the Fort Smith Community Brass Band.
When it comes to dance, you can catch the Western Arkansas Ballet performing its annual event, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet.
Venues for cultural events. Riverfront Amphitheater, which is a part of the River Park Complex and is located next to the Arkansas River, plays host to concerts and other activities. There's also the Fort Smith Convention Center, where you can catch a variety of shows and events, from rock concerts to wrestling matches, from theatrical productions to symphonies, from trade shows to conventions and exhibits.
If you are lucky, you can also catch an event at the Harper Arena, which is an open-air stadium with a capacity of 14,000, or at the 250-seat Second Street Live.
Festivals. You might want to plan your visit in time for any of these events:
Dining. Fort Smith is a product of many diverse cultures, and this fact is evident in the wide range of food and dining options present in the city.
If you are craving for Italian food, you can go to Taliano's Italian Restaurant (Fort Smith, AR 72901) or to Bella Italia. And if you want delicious Vietnamese fare, you can head over to Green Papaya (Fort Smith, AR 72908) or to Pho Vietnam.
A favorite among Fort Smith locals is Rolando's Restaurante, which serves really great Latin American dishes. Another fave is Ralph's Pink Flamingo BBQ (Fort Smith, AR 72903), which is known for its outstanding barbeque and its mouth-watering brisket.
For seafood, try AJ's Oyster House, and for American food, there's 21 West End or Calico County.
You can also go to R & R Curry Express for good Indian fare, La Huerta Grill on Garrison for Mexican food, George's Restaurant for Greek cuisine, and Emmy's German Restaurant for a sumptuous German meal.
Other restaurants in the city that are worth a try include:
If you want really good dessert, then Delicias Michoacanas Ice Cream is the place to be.
Shopping. Head over to Downtown Fort Smith for some good old-fashioned shopping. You will see quaint little shops, friendly merchants, and retailers who give you personalized service. You can find anything here, from artworks, to crafts, to house wares, to books, to clothes and shoes, to cowboy attires, to souvenir items.
There's also Central Mall (Fort Smith, AR 72903), which is considered to be the largest shopping center in the region. You can find department stores, gift shops, jewelry stores, restaurants, and cinemas here. More specifically, you can find retailers like J. C. Penney, Dillard's, Wal-Mart, Sears, Best Buy, Target, Lowe's, Kohl's and Home Depot.
If you are looking for antiques, head to Belle Starr Antiques (Fort Smith, AR 72901) or to Remember When Antique Mall.
Other shopping centers, antique shops and malls you can visit include:
If you want to go on a group shopping trip in the city, do not forget to get a bus rental in Fort Smith. That way, you can maximize your time going to shops and buying stuff.
For some tee time, you can go to Fort Smith Country Club (Fort Smith, AR 72904), which is an 18-hole public course that's perfect for both newbie and expert golfers. You can also try Ben Geren Regional Park (Fort Smith, AR 72903) which has 27 holes on three public courses.
Other golf courses you may want to try include:
Other sports. Fort Smith has a few independent recreational sports programs like:
As for venues, there's the Harper Stadium, which is a 9,000-seat indoor arena used for auto racing, rodeos, concerts, sports events and others activities.
You can also go to Bowling World, which is the state's largest bowling facility.
Fort Smith celebrates its Wild West history through museums and other historical sites and venues. On top of the list is the Fort Smith National Historic Site (Fort Smith, AR 72902), which is the state's most prominent landmark in the city. This place holds the foundation remains of the original 1817 Fort Smith. You can also find inside the restored courtroom of the "Hanging Judge" Isaac C. Parker as well as the dingy frontier jail called "Hell on the Border."
You should also visit the Belle Grove Historic District in downtown Fort Smith and check out the restored homes spanning 130 years of varied architecture styles. Other historic districts are May-Lecta-Sweet Historic District, Fishback Historic District, and Fort Chaffee Museum District.
The Fort Smith Museum of History (Fort Smith, AR 72901) is another venue worth checking out. It is home to numerous exhibits and artifacts related to the story of city's past, from the first port in 1817, the westward expansion, the Civil War, Fort Chaffee, the gay nineties, and to the modern times.
There's also the Fort Smith Trolly Museum, which is a railroad museum with a display of antique trolleys and other related artifacts. The Fort Smith Air Museum, on the other hand, is where you would learn more about the history of the development of aviation in the region.
Other historical sites, museums and places listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the city include:
When it comes to parks, Fort Smith has different types of parks to choose from. There are the community parks, the downtown parks, the river front parks, the specialty parks and the neighborhood parks.
There's Carol Ann Cross Park (Fort Smith, AR 72903), which has a playground, a walking trail, picnic tables, pavilions, benches, a spot for fishing, and a nature area, among others. Fort Smith Park, meanwhile, has soccer fields, basketball courts, picnic tables, pavilions, boating facilities, a walking trail, a gazebo, and many others.
Other parks in the city worth checking out are:
Most of these parks are equipped with facilities for sports and outdoor activities as well as playground for the kids.
If you want to take the kids to see some animals, then herd them into a bus rental in Fort Smith and go to the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center. Not only will they get the chance to feed the animals, such as snakes, but they also get the chance to part in various activities. This place allows kayaking, fishing and canoeing.
Then there's the Wild Things Park, the Deer Acres Zoo, and the Alma Family Aquatic Park.
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